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The fight against Daesh (ISIS) may get the headlines. But it's the military threats from Russia and China that most worry top Pentagon officials – and are driving a new arms race to deter these great-power rivals.The programs begun in the waning days of the Obama administration could potentially change the face of warfare, in America's favor, but they would require political support and new spending by the next president.The premise is that as Russia and China modernize their militaries, America must exploit its lead in high-tech warfare.Top Pentagon officials say that because of Russian and Chinese advances, the U.S. military's "overmatch" has diminished. Planners can no longer guarantee a president that the U.S. could prevail in the early days of a conventional conflict; they fear that the U.S. might lose "escalation dominance" – meaning, basically, the ability to call the shots – in a future confrontation.
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