A top armed services Democrat proposed legislation Tuesday requiring the Pentagon to put together a strategy to counter Russia’s military capabilities.
Washington Democratic Rep. Adam Smith’s bill would require the Department of Defense to develop and implement a plan to address Russian modernization and new capabilities like precision strike weapons, electronic warfare and drones, The Hill reports.
“Today, we are witnessing some of the most fundamental threats to our democratic values and to the cohesion of our alliances since the beginning of the post-World War II era,” Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said in a statement. “Putin’s campaign to erode our institutions poses a genuine threat to our system of government and our way of life.”
Smith believes that the Russia threat has gotten worse since President Donald Trump’s election.
“President Trump has only exacerbated this problem, belittling our allies and partners, embracing dictatorships and calling into question our collective security commitments. In this situation, Congress has a responsibility to do its utmost to push back against these dark trends,” Smith said.