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Defense Official Warns China, Russia Could Combine Forces to Attack U.S.

"The prospect of this, I think, is a very realistic one," Ambassador Edelman said about the possibility of Russia and China engaging in a military conflict against the United States.

By NTK Staff | 11.27.2018 @11:33am

Ambassador Eric Edelman, who is the co-chair of the Commission on The National Defense Strategy, said Tuesday at a committee hearing that it is “very realistic” that Russia and China could unite in military combat against the United States sometime in the near future, and that we need to start preparing for such a situation.

Edelman testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the findings and recommendations of the Commission on the National Defense Strategy annual report when he made the comments.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) asked Edelman about the possibility that Russia and China join forces in a military conflict against the U.S. and how he would recommend the U.S. approach such a scenario.

“Senator Kaine, you’ve put your finger on one of the major concerns that we had about the strategy,” Edelman said.

Edelman explained how the strategy only deals with defeating one “great power competitor,” while keeping other competitors at bay.

“When we asked the question, ‘What happens if we have both at the same time?’ Frankly, we didn’t get a very good answer about what that means,” Edelman said.

Kaine interjected that he found it “unrealistic” to view Russia and China as two major forces that would never combining forces.

“I agree, it’s not realistic,” Edelman responded.

Edelman then laid out a couple of scenarios in which America could find itself in conflict with both nations.

“The answer we got when we asked was ‘Well, that would be World War III. That would be on the order of World War II. It would require total national mobilization.’ I think we agree. It would require total national mobilization,” Edelman said.

Edelman noted that in the past, the Commission on the National Defense Strategy has recommend that America needed to start thinking again about “potential mobilization in time[s] of conflict.”

“We haven’t really done that, and we really need to now because the prospect of this, I think, is a very realistic one. Hopefully it’s not the future we have, but it’s one we can’t blink away,” Edelman said.

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