06 Jun '18, 3pm

US Senate panel sets sights Russia, China in major defense bill

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate began debate on the Armed Services Committee’s $716 billion annual defense policy bill Wednesday, which highlights the threats from Russia and China . The panel’s 2019 National Defense Authorization Act expresses a “sense of the Senate” for a broad, long-term strategy that includes helping European allies, “backed by all elements of United States’ national power to deter and, if necessary, defeat Russian aggression.” That call includes a forward-stationed U.S. Army armored brigade combat team in Europe. The bill would also order a report on whether to permanently station a BCT in Poland, which offered the U.S. just that last month. The bill also directs the Army to acquire an interim short-term capability to fill gaps in cruise missile defense, to defend against Chinese and Russian threats. These provisions, according to committee aides, are me...

Full article: https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2018/06/06/us-senate...

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