Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that strategies against international threats such as violent extremism can help the Defense Department prepare the joint force, DoD News reported Thursday.
Dunford discussed the currents threats from China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, dubbed as “four-plus-one threats,” during a Brookings Institute event.
He urged DoD to help address a transregional threat posed by militant groups in Syria and Iraq and establish a plan that will involve collaboration between local and coalition forces to address the threat.
The report said he also met with Valery Gerasimov, Russian defense chief, as part of efforts to foster communication between the U.S. and Russia,
DoD also partnered with the intelligence community and the departments of State and Treasury and intelligence community to develop a political-military plan to defeat militant organizations.