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Potential for Great Power Conflict 'Increasing,' Milley Says

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America's top military officer told the House Armed Services Committee that the world is getting more unstable, "and the potential for significant international conflict between great powers is increasing, not decreasing."

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the committee that the Fiscal 2023 Defense Budget Request of $773 billion enables the U.S. military to handle the missions today and also ready the force for the potential battles of 2030 and beyond.


Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Mike McCord provides testimony during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the fiscal 2023 defense budget request with Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Mike McCord, Under Secretary of Defense (comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer, 2118 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. (DoD Photo by U.S. Air Force TSgt. Jack Sanders)


An F-35A Lightning II from the 354th Fighter Wing, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 117th Air Refueling Squadron, Forbes Field Air National Guard Base, Kansas, over the Indo-Pacific, March 10, 2022. The F-35As are currently deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan, conducting integrated operations with joint partners and allies to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

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