This has been particularly true of the US Army, defense officials told Politico.
"This is the 'Chicken-Little, sky-is-falling' set in the Army," an unnamed senior Pentagon officer told the media outlet.
"These guys want us to believe the Russians are 10 feet tall. There's a simpler explanation: The Army is looking for a purpose, and a bigger chunk of the budget. And the best way to get that is to paint the Russians as being able to land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. What a crock," the source explained.
The US Army wants to solve its troubles by requesting more funds and growing bigger, but many doubt that it is the right approach, Politico observed, calling it "both backward and dangerously close-minded."
"A growing chorus of military voices says that … those same senior military officers have not only failed to understand the lessons of Afghanistan and Iraq and embrace service reform, they are inflating foreign threats to win a bigger slice of the defense budget," the media outlet noted.