A recent RAND Corp. report focused on responding to the threat of Russian aggression warns that big steps like increasing U.S. land forces in Europe or increasing the size and frequency of exercises could increase the risk of conflict.
On March 4, 2018, British authorities say Russian agents poisoned Sergei Skripal—a former Russian military intelligence officer and U.
Russia could “physically defeat and logistically exhaust” the U.S. Army in a European war, concludes a new Institute of Land Warfare paper that examines the Battles of the Donetsk Airport in the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War.
The Army nominee to head the U.S. Africa Command says the continent faces “numerous and complex challenges” combining local and outside forces.
Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, who has commanded the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command for one year, is nominated to head the Stuttgart, Germany-based unified command that he said faces threats from terrorists, near-peer competition and problems like rapid population growth, low economic growth and poor governance.
The “deep dive” cuts made to dozens of programs in the Army’s march toward modernization have resulted in funding for priority air and missile defense capabilities to be fielded over the next five years.
Lt. Gen. James F. Pasquarette, deputy chief of staff, G-8, who heads Army resources and planning, said the Army’s reprioritization of funds is in line with the National Defense Strategy, and is aimed at re-establishing “overmatch against China and Russia in areas where we lost it or will soon lose it if we don’t get after it now.”
Evolving Russian capabilities threaten to erode the U.S. military’s competitive advantage even as it faces growing threats in the U.S. European Command area of responsibility, the top U.S. commander in the region said.
“The threats facing U.S. interest in the EUCOM area of responsibility, which includes Israel, are real and growing,” Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of EUCOM and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “They are complex, transregional, all-domain and multifunctional.”
On July 11, 2014, battalions from Ukraine’s 24th and 72nd Mechanized Brigades assembled outside of the town of Zelenopillya, located a
On the front lines in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine—an area known as the Joint Forces Operation, formerly the Anti-Terrorist Op
The independent and nonpartisan National Defense Strategy Commission says the Army needs to grow in size and capability to match potential adversaries, warning the U.S. could suffer high casualties in a future war and “might struggle to win or perhaps lose.”
“U.S. military superiority is no longer assured and the implications for American interests and American security are severe,” the commission says in its final report. “The United States is particularly at risk of being overwhelmed should its military be forced to fight on two or more fronts simultaneously.”
U.S. defense strategy weighs three measures when looking at threats—power, urgency and will, according to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
Speaking at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., Mattis said this three-part evaluation reveals different areas of concern.
In terms of power, the biggest threat to the U.S. comes from Russia and its nuclear arsenal, he said.
In terms of urgency, violent extremists remain the biggest threat, he said, noting the 70 nations are part of a coalition to defeat Islamic State groups militants.