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Rachel Marsden: New strategic focus an improvement, but U.S. must abandon nation-state cronyism

Rachel Marsden: New strategic focus an improvement, but U.S. must abandon nation-state cronyism

It's all laid out in black and white in the summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy: "Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in U.S. national security."

Last month, CIA Director Gina Haspel echoed that message while speaking at her alma mater, the University of Kentucky. Ms. Haspel called it a "strategic priority" to shift intelligence resources away from counterterrorism in order to focus on nation-state adversaries.

It's hard to recall a time since the end of the Cold War when the top threat to American interests hasn't been identified as either terrorism or cyberattacks. But now there's a greater recognition...

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