Thursday, November 17, 2016
Heritage Foundation: Russia Threat to U.S. ‘Formidable’
At Free Beacon by
Russia poses a “formidable” and “aggressive” threat to the vital interests of the United States as the American power declines, according to new analysis prepared by a conservative think tank.
Moscow, through its continued presence in Ukraine, military intervention in Syria, provocations of NATO allies, and maturing military capabilities presents the most significant threat to U.S. interests globally, according to the 2017 Index of U.S. Military Strength rolled out by the Heritage Foundation Wednesday morning.
Russia is one of six threats that have together soured the global environment over the past year as U.S. military strength has declined due to budget and force reductions, the analysis shows. The remaining five—namely China, North Korea, Iran, terrorism based in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and terror groups in the Middle East—are all assessed as “high” threats to U.S. interests, while Moscow is the only “formidable” one.