Accession Number:

AD1105860

Title:

Renewed Great Power Competition: Implications for DefenseIssues for Congress

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

Congressional Research SVC Washington United States

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Report Date:

2020-07-31

Pagination or Media Count:

48.0

Abstract:

Many observers have concluded that the post-Cold War era of international relationswhich began in the early 1990s and is sometimes referred to as the unipolar moment with the United States as the unipolar powerbegan to fade in 2006-2008, and that by 2014, the international environment had shifted to a fundamentally different situation of renewed great power competition with China and Russia and challenges by these two countries and others to elementsof the U.S.-led international order that has operated since World War II.The shift to renewed great power competition was acknowledged alongside other considerations in the Obama Administrations June 2015 National Military Strategy, and was placed at the center of the Trump Administrations December 2017 National Security Strategy NSS and January 2018 National Defense Strategy NDS. The December 2017 NSS and January 2018 NDS formally reoriented U.S. national security strategy and U.S. defense strategy toward an explicitprimary focus on great power competition with China and Russia. Department of Defense DOD officials have subsequently identified countering Chinas military capabilities as DODs top priority

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE