Mattis shares threat assessments behind new National Defense Strategy –

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speaks at the United States Institute of Peace, in a discussion moderated by Stephen J. Hadley, the chair of the institute’s board of directors, in Washington, D.C. Oct. 30, 2018. (Photo Credit: DOD photo by Lisa Ferdinando )

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary James N. Mattis shared the thinking behind the new National Defense Strategy during a discussion at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington on Tuesday.

Released in January, the strategy sees Russia and China as the greatest threats, with Iran and North Korea as regional threats. Violent extremism rounds out the threat matrix.

The strategy is based on a return to great power competition among the United States, Russia and China.


Mattis told Stephen Hadley, the moderator of the event and former national security adviser to President George W. Bush, that in setting up the strategy, officials looked at threats from three different …. Read More on