Pentagon Report Warns On Threat To U.S. From Russia's Dangerous Global Influence
A new report prepared for the Joint Chiefs has found that the U.S. needs an urgent change of strategy to deal with Russia's growing influence on the world. The Kremlin is deploying an increasingly sophisticated strategy of propaganda, political manipulation, economic exploitation and provocation to disrupt U.S. influence and restore Russia's global standing—Washington needs to change its approach or risk falling further behind.
Across 150 pages, more than 20 military and independent analysts call out Russia's actions in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Arctic. "Future confrontations between major powers may most often occur below the level of armed conflict," writes Rear Admiral Jeffrey J. Czerewko in a preface. "Economic competition, influence campaigns, paramilitary actions, cyber intrusions, and political warfare will likely become more prevalent—countering Russian provocative activities requires a comprehensive strategy."
In other words, warfare has become ever more complex and multi-faceted. And it has become ever more reliant on global spheres of influence. And on that battlefront, Russia is striding ahead. "The U.S. capability to influence the outcomes of both global and regional events must be reconsidered..."
Rachel breaks it down: