WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The military strategy of the United States currently being developed seeks to shift emphasis from the Middle East to global existential threats that include Russia, China and violent extremist organizations (VEO), a senior Department of Defense official told Sputnik on Tuesday.
"We have been focused on the Middle East for 15 years and so we are now developing a military strategy that turns to threats posed by Russia, China and VEO’s in that order," the official said.
Besides Russia, China and VEOs, the US threat equation also identifies North Korea and Iran as threats.
However, the official explained that while "Russia and China are existential threats to the United States, North Korea and Iran currently are not."
The official pointed out while the US defense leaders put much thinking in the 4+1 threats, they are also considering other contingencies.
"For example, we wonder how we would respond to a crisis in both the European and Pacific areas of operation and a simultaneous humanitarian disaster in the homeland," the official added.
President Donald Trump must produce his national security strategy by June 20.
The national military strategy represents the best advice that senior military commanders can provide to the Secretary of Defense, the defense official also noted.