Top Brass Calls On Rethinking US Defence


The US must rethink its homeland defence strategy, taking into account the presence of peer adversaries, which are Russia and China, head of the Northern Command of the US Armed Forces and the Command of the Air and Space Defense of North America, Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy said this weekend.

The security situation is changing. “We used to think about the sanctuary we had with oceans and friendly countries to our north and south, but that’s changing with adversaries that are actually able to reach out and touch us now,” the general told the 140th National Guard Association conference in New Orleans.

O’Shaughnessy stressed that in the era of great power competition Russia and China are peer adversaries of the United States. It is time to think about defence in a manner different from the way it was in the past. “We need to fundamentally re-think when we say homeland defence how we’re going to do that against a peer competitor,” the general said.

August 24 saw a ceremony dedicated to the reestablishment of the US Second Fleet. “The 2nd Fleet will enhance our capacity to maneuver and fight in the Atlantic, and as a result, help to maintain America’s maritime superiority that will lead to security, influence and prosperity for our nation,” chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

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