What do the new national security and defense strategies mean for maritime security?
The maritime environment plays a relatively minor role in addressing the terrorist threat, and it appeared that the main focus of effort would be on terrorists rather than conventional, state actors. Following a dramatic period witnessing the collapse of ISIS along with increasingly aggressive actions by China and Russia, the National Security Strategy mentions the challenge of China and Russia first in its description of the present competitive world, and warns of the return of great power competition.
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