Dangerous US Militarism

In spending bill, new muscular ways that the Pentagon could deter Russian military action

June 28

The Senate Armed Service Committee called Wednesday for new measures to counter adversarial Russian actions abroad, including the establishment of a new offensive ground-based missile program, a prohibition on the Defense Department using a Russian company’s computer software, and a requirement that the Pentagon report to lawmakers about Russian hybrid warfare.

The committee’s version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, approved Wednesday night, also included $500 million to provide Ukraine with security assistance — including lethal weapons — against Russian-backed separatists. And it extends existing prohibitions on the Pentagon cooperating directly with the Russia military following Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

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