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Robert Work: DoD’s 3rd Offset Strategy Eyes ‘Conventional Deterrence’ Against State Powers

Robert Work
Robert Work

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work has said the Defense Department’s third offset strategy focuses on efforts that seek to deter state powers such as Russia and China, DoD News reported Sunday.

Work said Saturday during a panel discussion at the Reagan National Defense Forum that such a strategy focuses on what he calls “conventional deterrence” as part of the strategic stability framework, Cheryl Pellerin writes.

The U.S. national strategy to value allied countries through the 1949 North Atlantic Treaty is a factor that makes strategic competition with Russia and China different, Work said at the forum.

Other panelists at the forum include Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Navy Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, according to the report.

Work told reporters during the first leg of his official four-day trip that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s priorities include efforts to build up the defense industrial base, establish partnerships with the commercial sector and promote advanced capabilities, according to another report by Pellerin for DoD News.

He said he has discussed the third offset strategy and innovation agenda with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, according to the report.

Work also offered updates on the Air Force’s Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center and efforts to defend the U.S. space constellation, the report added.

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