Monday, July 20, 2015

Army Chief: Russia Major Threat, Iran Bears Watching

Army Chief: Russia Major Threat, Iran Bears Watching: The Army’s top general does not believe adding a surge of US troops to Europe will help the standoff between Russia and Western Europe, but he is concerned that troop cuts could send the message to the government of Vladimir Putin that America is weak.

Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, also said that despite the new nuclear agreement with Iran, the government in Tehran will continue to require oversight. He made his comments to a media roundtable Friday.

In recent weeks, Pentagon leaders, including Marine Gen. Joe Dunford – widely expected to be confirmed as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – have begun publicly calling Russia the greatest threat to American security in the world.