Gen. Paul Selva: US Military Needs 3rd Offset Strategy to Counter Adversaries’ Threats

Paul Selva
Paul Selva

Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said the U.S. military needs to apply the Defense Department’s Third Offset Strategy toward efforts to counter threats posed by Russia, China and other potential adversaries, DoD reported Sunday.

Amaani Lyle writes Selva made his remarks at the McAleese & Associates and Credit Suisse 2017 Defense Programs conference in Washington Thursday.

The strategy “is about figuring out what we do differently that unhinges their advantages with the goal of maintaining conventional deterrence,” Selva said.

He noted that the strategy seeks to leverage on the U.S.’ fighter planes, ships, tanks and other adaptable assets as well as on potential enemies’ vulnerabilities.

Selva told his audience that continued commitment to U.S. nuclear deterrence should be considered in future defense budget and planning efforts.

He also cited aerial, naval and intercontinental ballistic missile delivery platforms as three components of the nuclear triad under the U.S.’ deterrence strategy.

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