Possibility of major conflict between great powers is growing – top US general — Analysis

According to top military officials in America, China and Russia are threatening the world order.

As the world is becoming more unstable, the “potential for significant international conflict is increasing, not decreasing”, the top US military officer told lawmakers on Tuesday.

The record setting $773 billion defense budget requested by the US Department of Defense for fiscal 2023 was defended at an intense hearing of the House Armed Services Committee. The hearing featured numerous references to US adversaries Russia, China and other countries that are seen as threats to US global power.  

Milley called Russia’s attack against Ukraine “Milley” “the greatest threat to peace and security of Europe and perhaps the world”In his 42 year service with the US military. It was however. “heartening”He added that he was pleased to see the whole world rallied around Ukraine.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine is threatening to undermine not only European peace and stability but global peace and stability that my parents and a generation of Americans fought so hard to defend,” Milley said.

Two global powerhouses, Russia and China with substantial military capability each, are currently at our disposal. They plan to change fundamentally the global order. The world is getting more unstable, and there is more potential for international conflict.

The two military representatives later cited the billions that have been allocated to cybersecurity and space as an example of US readiness. While they acknowledged Washington does not have a defense against hypersonic missiles, which both Russia and China successfully tested, the officials assured the committee that there is a way to develop it. “glide-phase interceptor,” a cutting-edge missile defense capable of countering hypersonic missiles, is  proceeding apace. 

Milley claimed that US presence was the only thing to be certain “hard power,” in open with Russian forces, might have prevented Russia’s military operation in Ukraine: “With respect to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it’s been a longstanding objective of Putin. To be honest, I don’t think he was deterred by the US commitment to Ukraine. [This] would have required the use of US military forces and would have risked armed conflict with Russia, which I wouldn’t advise”. 

“I believe a lot of our European allies, especially those such as in the Baltics or Poland or Romania or elsewhere, they are very, very willing to establish permanent bases,” Milley said.

They will pay to build them. You get the illusion of permanent presence, however, the soldiers, sailors and airmen, as well as Marines, aren’t actually stationed permanently there for more than two years.

Austin indicated that NATO was still deciding how to increase its permanent presence within eastern Europe. “If NATO considers it appropriate to alter its footprint, then we will be part of that,”Austin spoke.

When asked if the US was a country, she replied that it wasn’t. “hard power”Only the presence of more US troops in Taiwan could stop President Putin’s plans to launch a military operation against Ukraine. “increase or decrease”Secretary Austin resisted the possibility of Chinese President Xi Jinping launching a military attack on the island. He instead reiterated that the strategic questions around Ukraine and Taiwan are distinct, so it is impossible to transfer them from one country into the next. 

Austin acknowledged that the US “needs to do a lot better” “leveraging US allies”In space and cyberspace and not just in land, air, or sea.

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