Work: Great-Power Competition Aims for Deterrence, Not War

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2016 — The Defense Department’s approach to an increasingly dynamic global environment and its recent focus on great-power competition is not a lead-up to war among powerful nations, but rather is a way to achieve comprehensive stability, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said here today. Work spoke during a forum titled “Securing Tomorrow,” hosted by the Washington Post and conducted by the newspaper’s foreign affairs columnist and author David Ignatius. The third offset strategy is a long-range plan that acknowledges the re-emergence of Russia and the concurrent rise of China, both as great powers in competition with the United States. Work said Defense Secretary Ash Carter wanted the defense offset program to focus on top competitors Russia and China, although other department priorities include Iran, North Korea…


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