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USA: 'A more lethal force’ - Mattis outlines new defence strategy02:43

USA: 'A more lethal force’ - Mattis outlines new defence strategy

United States, Washington DC
January 19, 2018 at 21:12 GMT -00:00 · Published

US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis outlined a new set of national defence strategies, speaking in Washington DC on Friday, saying that the US "will continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorism that we are engaged in today but great power competition, not terrorism, is now the primary focus of US national security."

Mattis said that the US "face growing threats from revisionist powers as different as China and Russia," adding that they are "nations that seek to create a world consistent with their authoritarian models."

"We are going to build a more lethal force; we will strengthen our traditional alliances and building new partnerships with other nations", he added.

When asked about the consequences that a potential government shutdown would have on defence, Mattis said that "maintenance activities will probably pretty much shut down, we will not be able to induct anymore of our gear that need maintenance. Over 50 percent, altogether of my civilian workforce will be furloughed, and that will impact our contracting, our medical facilities."

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US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis outlined a new set of national defence strategies, speaking in Washington DC on Friday, saying that the US "will continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorism that we are engaged in today but great power competition, not terrorism, is now the primary focus of US national security."

Mattis said that the US "face growing threats from revisionist powers as different as China and Russia," adding that they are "nations that seek to create a world consistent with their authoritarian models."

"We are going to build a more lethal force; we will strengthen our traditional alliances and building new partnerships with other nations", he added.

When asked about the consequences that a potential government shutdown would have on defence, Mattis said that "maintenance activities will probably pretty much shut down, we will not be able to induct anymore of our gear that need maintenance. Over 50 percent, altogether of my civilian workforce will be furloughed, and that will impact our contracting, our medical facilities."

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