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National Defense Strategy Includes Lessons Learned From Past 6 Months

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The Defense Department is learning from the experiences of the past six months as Russia built up troops around Ukraine and then invaded the country, Press Secretary John F. Kirby said at a Pentagon press conference today.

By Jim Garamone, US Department of Defense – News Stories | Republished by NewsVoice

Those observations are being incorporated into the National Defense Strategy, he said.

The National Defense Strategy is still being crafted, along with the National Security Strategy. Both documents are based on President Joe Biden’s interim national security guidance.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said in Poland on Feb. 18, that many aspects of the strategy are already in play in regards to efforts with Russia. “The secretary was clear that it will reinforce his notion of an integrated deterrence and it will certainly recognize that China remains the pacing challenge for the department,” Kirby said.

But the document also recognizes that other nation-state threats are out there: And that includes Russia, he said.

“As we’ve been writing it, … we’ve watched Russia over the last couple of months build up this massive military force around Ukraine’s borders,” Kirby said. “So, it would be foolish for us to think the crafting of it wasn’t also informed by what we’ve been seeing Russia do.”  

Kirby also discussed the deconfliction line that has been set up between U.S. European Command and Russia’s Ministry of Defense. “It is basically … a phone connection to the Russian Ministry of Defense,” Kirby said. “As I understand it’s basically staffed by staff level officers at European Command … and it’s being administered as a bilateral U.S. to Russia deconfliction channel.”  

Kirby said they have tested the line. “When we tested it, they did pick up the other end and acknowledge that they got the call,” he said.

Kirby said U.S. officials believe it is valuable to have such a direct line at the operational level to “reduce the risks of miscalculation and to be able to communicate in real time if need be.”

Spotlight: NATO

This is particularly important because the airspace over Ukraine is contested by both Russia and Ukraine. The contested airspace abuts NATO countries.

By Jim Garamone, US Department of Defense – News Stories | Republished by NewsVoice

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petergrfstrm
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5 mars 2022 kl 09:51

Igår gick det att läsa om Ukrainas försök med massförstörelsevapen på sputnik och den amerikanske diplomaten Kirby som syns på bilden trodde jag först var den ryske underrättelsechef som sputnik-artikeln beskrev.
Nu kunde jag inte nå den sidan
https://sputniknews.com/20220303/russian-intelligence-chief-says-intel-showed-ukraine-was-working-on-nukes-us-knew-about-it-1093559308.html

Roger Jansson
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Reply to  petergrfstrm
5 mars 2022 kl 09:54

Du vet väl att Ukraina var 3:e största kärnvapenmakten en gång i tiden och överlämnade sina kärnvapen till Ryssland 1994 mot utfästelsen att deras territoriella integritet skulle respekteras? Ryssland är inte att lita på…

Richard
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Reply to  Roger Jansson
5 mars 2022 kl 16:57

Det var aldrig deras. Sovjetunionen hade kärnvapen i Ukraina. Vid delningen flyttade både operatörer och kärnvapen.

Anders Johansson
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5 mars 2022 kl 08:54

USA and Russia share maritime borders in the Barents Sea and they can have their third world war there. Since Europe already have had the other two on it’s soil.

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