Retired Admiral: Adversaries will step up harassment of US military

There is no doubt that America’s adversaries are poised to test the next administration. Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea will be seeing how much the next administration is willing to put up with. Our ships and air forces will be put to the test in the front line of this ‘diplomacy.’ Retired Admiral James Stavridis speaks to the issues in this article.

As Written By Kristina Wong for The Hill:

U.S. adversaries will step up harassment of American forces overseas as the government transitions to a new administration, predictIts a retired Navy admiral and former commander of U.S. forces in Europe.

Ret. Navy Adm. James Stavridis, who served as commander of U.S. European Command and as NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, predicts Russia, China, Iran and North Korea will increase its bad behavior to test the incoming administration.

“I assure you all of the actors who are pushing on the United States now will push even harder on the new administration to try and find out where the limits are, and that will be a period of maximum danger,” Stavridis, dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, told The Hill in a recent interview.

“There will be an inevitable period of testing that goes on after a new administration comes in and it will require a heightened state of alert and frankly a continued effort to make it clear that we’re not going to tolerate encounters that lead to real danger for our people or a danger of escalation,” he said.

Adversaries’ military forces have already begun to increase its provocative behavior against U.S. forces, as the Obama administration winds down its time in office.

In recent months, Russian forces have….

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