New defense strategy for near-peer threats embraces warfighting technologies from non-traditional suppliers

Feb. 10, 2020
Nontraditional simply refers to any company that doesn’t usually do business with the Pentagon that is able to offer the military a better mousetrap.

WASHINGTON – During the long years that U.S. forces were fighting Islamic extremists in Southwest Asia, Russia and China were investing in new warfighting technologies. Forbes reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

10 Feb. 2020 -- Russia’s hybrid military campaign against Ukraine in 2014 was a wake-up call for Washington to start paying more attention to near-peer threats.

China’s steadily increasing investment in long-range anti-ship missiles, anti-satellite weapons and cyber warfare reinforced awareness that America’s military might be falling behind in the capabilities needed for winning high-end fights.

These trends led the Trump Administration to produce a new national defense strategy in 2018 focused mainly on countering the military challenges posed by Moscow and Beijing; the Pentagon wants novel solutions to emerging near-peer threats, and it wants them fast.

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John Keller, chief editor
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