The U.S. Army’s chief of staff is warning that the threats posed by China and Russia are on the rise.
Gen. Mark Milley told the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday that “international order, and by extension the United States’ interest, are under increasing and dangerous pressure.”
“China is a significant threat to the United States,” he added, calling Beijing “a revisionist power seeking to diminish the U.S.”
He also warned of the increasing threat of Russia’s influence not just in the Western Hemisphere but around the world, backed by the Kremlin’s massive nuclear capabilities.
“Russia remains the only current existential threat to the United States,” Gen. Milley told the committee. “It will become, in my opinion, increasingly opportunistic and … take greater risks in the near term.”
“Because of their nuclear capability, they are the only country on earth that is capable, not saying they would do it, but they are capable of destroying the United States of America.”
The warning is in line with a 2018 Pentagon global strategic review which said the U.S. military should begin directing its focus away from post-9/11 terror threats such as al Qaeda and Islamic State to confront traditional rival powers such as China and Russia.