Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger said Thursday that China and Russia will pose the greatest threats to the United States for the foreseeable future.

Speaking at The Hills The Future of Modern Expeditionary Warfare event, Berger said that while other military and security threats are far from inconsequential, they do not rise to the level of Beijing and Moscow.

As far out as we can see, as I can see, thats going to remain so, he told The Hills Steve Clemons.

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Rep. Joe CourtneyJoseph (Joe) D. CourtneyThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Forget about comity in CongressThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden faces GOP’s immigration and filibuster offensiveThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Split screen: Biden sells stimulus; GOP highlights borderMORE (D-Conn.), chairman of the seapower and projection forces subcommittee of the House armed services committee, highlighted how Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Forget about comity in CongressOvernight Defense: Biden casts doubt on Afghanistan withdrawal by May | US-China tensions high ahead of first meeting of Biden administration | Minorities underrepresented in military academy nominationsUS-China tensions run high ahead of critical meetingMORE and Secretary of Defense Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinUS-China tensions run high ahead of critical meetingUS sanctions 24 officials ahead of talks with Chinese in AlaskaThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden faces GOP’s immigration and filibuster offensiveMORE first visited the Indo-Pacific region, instead of the Middle East or Europe, after they were confirmed.

Its clear, I think diplomatically and militarily, that the pacing threat right now is the Indo-Pacific region, which is all about water and air because of the vast distances that are out there, Courtney said at the event sponsored by the Amphibious Warship Industrial Base Coalition.

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Rep. Rob WittmanRobert (Rob) Joseph WittmanThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Forget about comity in CongressThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden faces GOP’s immigration and filibuster offensiveThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Split screen: Biden sells stimulus; GOP highlights borderMORE (R-Va.), the subcommittee’s ranking member, said China has been using every method at its disposal to learn how to bolster its ships and shipyards, including stealing U.S. technology.

What we’ve done now is to awaken to that fact, understanding that the Chinese will do things differently to achieve their own ends and that the means dont make a difference to them, he said.

Wittman said that while the United States has been focused on Iraq and Afghanistan for the past 20 years, building ships and necessary resources for the Navy has remained static. He said that’s allowed China to narrow the infrastructure and technology gap.

The Virginia Republican added that the future of the U.S. amphibious force lies in smaller, more mobile ships.

We’ll still need the larger ships as logistical connectors, but you use amphibious platforms to be able to move equipment around, to be able to supply Marine Corps units. And you will not see the large scale amphibious assaults that you saw during World War II, Wittman said.

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