Lloyd Austin’s Reality Check
The new defense secretary might prefer to focus on China, but the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq can’t be wished away.
|Thomas Joscelyn||Feb 25||47||34|
During a press briefing on February 19, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin described China as the Pentagon’s “primary pacing challenge.” Austin was speaking shortly after attending his first NATO defense ministers meeting as the Pentagon chief. He outlined the challenges NATO faces, including “a resurgent Russi…