House Armed Services Committee
February 7, 2007
Hearing on Defense Department Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Request
Testimony of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
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Since 1993, with a defense budget that is a smaller relative share of our national wealth, the world has gotten more complicated and, arguably, more dangerous. In addition to fighting the global war on terror, we also face the danger posed by Iran and North Korea's nuclear ambitions and the threat they pose not only to their neighbors, but globally because of their record of proliferation; the uncertain paths of China and Russia, which are both pursuing sophisticated military modernization programs; and a range of other flashpoints and challenges. In this strategic environment, the resources we devote to defense should be at the level to adequately meet those challenges....
I think that we need the full range of military capabilities. We need both the ability for regular force-on-force conflicts because we don't know what's going to develop in places like Russia and China, in North Korea, in Iran and elsewhere.