The World Security Situation Is Always Changing But Not Always Improving

1363 Words Dec 4th, 2016 6 Pages
The world security situation is always changing but not always improving. After President Bush announced the end of the Cold War, different security challenges to American national interests became the priorities. This vacuum of power allowed regional powers to expand and threat organizations to grow in capability and boldness. These new threats range from existing state-based threats, failing states with non-state actors, and Gray Zone conflicts. Russian, Chinese, and North Korean aggressions are the leading global state-based threats, with Iraq and Afghanistan as failing state with ISIS and al Qaeda as non-state actors, and Gray Zone conflicts in Kosovo, Georgia, Ukraine, and Syria.
The greatest national security issue facing the United States today is traditional state-based threats. Several states are nuclear capable and have the military force to inflict high casualties regionally. North Korea and Iran continue to research nuclear capabilities as a military option. Russia and China are expanding their military capabilities to become global military super powers. Both Russia and China have significantly increased their naval and aerial capabilities. Russia and China also have increased the number of successful cyber-attacks disrupting both civilian and military networks. State-based threats like Russia, China, and North Korea are a primary concern for top military leadership. A war between to regional powers can quickly escalate to a global response with…

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