priorities, as they have been outlined by the incoming Trump
administration, include defeating ISIS, eliminating budget caps,
developing a new cyber strategy, and finding greater efficiencies.
memo, obtained by Foreign
does not include any mention of Russia, which has been identified by
senior military officials in the Obama administration as the No. 1
threat to the United States.
Policy reports that the memo, which is dated Dec. 1, was written
by acting Undersecretary of Defense for policy Brian McKeon
to employees in his office. In it, McKeon said the four-point list of
priorities was conveyed to him by Mira Ricardel, a former Bush
administration official and co-leader of Trump’s Pentagon
to Foreign Policy, a Trump transition official declined to say
where Russia fits into the president-elect’s defense priorities,
but noted that the memo is “not comprehensive.”
the memo itself is not an official policy document, it does provide
valuable clues as to what the future US defense policy could look
like. And given that Russia has previously been labeled as a major
threat or even an ‘existential
to US national security, the new set of priorities outlined in the
memo seem to signify a major break from the Russophobic views and
approaches of the past.
as Donald Trump seeks a rapprochement with Moscow, having the country
taken off the list of America’s security threats, taking into
consideration the fact that the Russians never listed or named the US
as a major national security concern since the collapse of the Soviet
Union, is probably the right step and an encouraging gesture which
could help set the tone for further dialogue and cooperation.