Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks about the National Defense Review, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military's top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. He said competition with those adversaries has threatened America's military advantage around the world.Laying out a broad new strategy for the Defense Department, Mattis warned that all aspects of the military's competitive warfighting edge have eroded.Mattis repeated his call for America to work closely with allies and partners -- an approach that aligns more closely with previous administrations than President Donald Trump's "America First" ideas.The U.S. and its allies, Mattis said, are stronger together. The shift also underscores broad American concerns about Russia, given Moscow's takeover of Ukrainian territory, involvement in Syria's war and alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
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