The brand new missive comes two years after the secretary’s first message to the power, which outlined his priorities to defend the Nation from enemies overseas and home.
In his message, Austin detailed the progress made and emphasised that the identical three priorities nonetheless information the Division’s efforts. “Since Day One as secretary of protection, I’ve been guided by three priorities: defending the nation, taking good care of our individuals and succeeding via teamwork,” he stated. “Over the previous two years, we have made large progress in all three areas, and I would prefer to thank every certainly one of you on your dedication and exhausting work.”
The 2022 National Defense Strategy detailed built-in deterrence, campaigning, and constructing enduring benefits because the route to realize these targets.
“Implementing our technique means tackling the pacing problem from the Individuals’s Republic of China whereas additionally confronting the acute menace of Russian aggression and managing the chance of escalation as Putin’s merciless battle towards Ukraine enters a second yr,” the secretary stated within the message. “We should additionally defend towards and deter threats from Iran, North Korea and international terrorist organizations, even whereas we grapple with twenty first century, transnational challenges, corresponding to local weather change. Lastly, we’ll proceed to modernize the joint power and ‘out-innovate’ our opponents.”
These are advanced and concerned missions for the U.S. army, however Austin stated the power is as much as these challenges. “We now have one of the best preventing power in historical past, and our army households, civilian and contractor workforce, and home and worldwide allies and companions are the ultimate,” he stated.
The secretary thanked all members of the division for all they do every day to defend the US and the liberties and freedoms the nation stands for. “Collectively, we are going to proceed to sort out the challenges of this decisive decade to fulfill our sacred obligation to defend the American individuals,” he concluded.