Top U.S. military intelligence official says Russian military poses an ‘existential threat’ to the U.S.

April 30, 2021


The top U.S. military intelligence official said during a congressional hearing on Thursday that the Russian military is an “existential threat” to the United States.

“The Russian military is an existential threat to the United States,” Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about worldwide threats.

Berrier said the country’s military is being used to maintain influence over states “along its periphery, compete with U.S. global primacy and compel adversaries who challenge Russia’s vital national interests.”

“Moscow continues to invest in its strategic nuclear forces, in new capabilities to enhance its strategic deterrent, and that places the U.S. homeland at risk,” Berrier said…

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