Russia and its growing military potential are potentially the most dangerous threat to the security of the United States. Deborah James, the U.S. Air Force Secretary, said this at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California – as quoted by Reuters.
‘Russia is the No. 1 threat to the United States. We have a number of threats that we're dealing with, but Russia could be, because of the nuclear aspect, an existential threat to the United States,’ the official said.
James, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson and Pentagon chief arms buyer Frank Kendall, all voiced growing concern about Russia's increasingly aggressive behavior.
Their comments come as the Pentagon finalizes a classified security assessment for President-elect Donald Trump, who has promised to both pump up U.S. defense spending and build closer ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.