James Mattis

Mattis unveils new strategy focused on Russia and China, takes Congress to task over impasse

Mattis unveils new strategy focused on Russia and China, takes Congress to task over impasse

The United States must build up its military to prepare for the possibility of conflict with Russia and China, according to a new Pentagon strategy released Friday by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis as he took Congress to task on the eve of a potential government shutdown for years of failing to reach budget deals.

Mattis described the strategy as a "clear-eyed appraisal of our security environment with a keen eye of America's place in the world," and said it is based on a "fundamental precept" that "America can afford survival."

The new strategy touches on a range of issues, including operations in Afghanistan and the need to counter "rogue...

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