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U.S. defense budget prescribes Pentagon reports on measures to deter Russia, China



The project of the U.S. defense budget for 2020 fiscal year obliges the Pentagon to report on measures to deter Russia and China, according to a document coordinated by the U.S. Congress.

On Monday, the Armed Services Committees of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives reached an agreement to finance the country’s defense spending for 2020 fiscal year in the amount of $738 billion.

The project of the budget is yet to be approved by the Congress.

If approved, the document is to be signed by the U.S. president.

The National Defense Strategy (NDS) recognises that we are in an era of major power competition with Russia and China.

As our competitors seek to undermine international order and gain influence, the FY20 NDAA (National Defense Authorisation Act) includes measures designed to maintain America’s competitive military edge and support our allies and partners,” the document said.

The project of the defense budget provides a series of measures to deter U.S. strategic competitors.

These include a new reporting requirement for the Secretary of Defense – and additional independent reports – on the implementation of the NDS focused on joint operational concepts to deter and defeat strategic competitors.

“The Pentagon must also report on strategies to impose political, military, economic, budgetary, and technology costs on Russia and China,” the document said.

Edited by: Emmanuel Yashim

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