NEWSWATCH: “U.S. reshaping budget to account for Russian military threat” – Reuters
Russia’s increasing military activities around the world have unsettled top U.S. military officials … reshaping … budget plans to better address what they now consider to be the most pressing threat …. ‘Russia is the No. 1 threat to the United States. … because of the nuclear aspect, an existential threat …’ Air Force Secretary Deborah James told Reuters …. 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 …. as the Pentagon finalizes a classified security assessment for … Trump, who has promised to … pump up U.S. defense spending and build closer ties to … Putin. European diplomats fear Moscow could use the time before Trump’s inauguration to launch more offensives in Ukraine and Syria, betting … Obama will be loathe to respon[d] forcefully ….