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U.S. SecDef: Russian Aggression - Here to Stay'

on Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:52 pm
Russian “aggression” in Europe and now the Middle East is a “new reality” for the United States that is “here to stay,” said U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

While delivering keynote remarks at an Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) event Wednesday, Carter identified Russia as a “serious challenge” for America, along with Islamic terrorism, and the large wave of migrants currently fleeing the Middle East.

Carter indicated that he, along with a number of U.S. defense officials, are no strangers to Russian belligerence, having some experience with the Cold War.

The Pentagon chief did note that dealing with recent Russian hostilities will require a new playbook.

Carter has urged U.S. NATO allies to dispose of the Cold War playbook and think of new ways to counter new Russian threats.

Military officials should be thinking about “a different kind of campaign to deter Russian aggression in Europe,” said the Pentagon chief on Wednesday, adding that it “is now obviously an unwelcome development that I wish would change, but I frankly don’t expect it to change any time soon so we have a need… [for] a different playbook.”

Russian aggression in Europe and the Middle East is going to be a long-term problem for America and its allies, predicted Carter...............

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