The United States faces two very different security challenges. The first is a challenge to the country’s status in the world: China is trying to elbow the United States aside in Asia, using a combination of military, economic, and cyber techniques; while Russia’s revanchist efforts in Eastern Europe and elsewhere seek to diminish U.S. influence, despite the fact that Russia is now substantially weaker than the Soviet Union was during the Cold War years. Russian President Vladimir Putin is far more willing than his predecessors to take chances in what he sees as his war against the West. Both the Russian and Chinese governments recognize that, by its existence as a free society, the United States is an inherent threat to their ability to rule. The other security challenge comes from an unstable Middle East and increasingly aggressive Islamic terrorists. The Middle East still supplies much of the world’s oil, and even a United States self-sufficient in energy is affected by the global oil market.
World Naval Developments - America First?
By Norman Friedman