Selva discusses capabilities and threats during confirmation

U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul Selva | Courtesy of the Department of Defense
U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul Selva spoke on threats and capabilities of terror organizations during his confirmation hearing to be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday. 

Selva stated that while they are an issue of importance, groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and al-Qaida do not currently possess the necessary capabilities to pose an existential threat to the U.S.

Selva stated that if they chose to Russia, China, Iran and North Korea would be the countries that are able to cause harm to the U.S.

Selva, who was nominated for the Joint Chiefs position by the president,  also clarified that despite the threat, those countries do not present a clear and present danger. 

“In that order, you see the countries that are peer and near-peer competitors who are developing conventional and nuclear weapons that match our own,” he said. “You see opaque governments that have ideologies that we don’t agree with, and you see the broad base of terrorist threats that might threaten our interests abroad, our interests abroad and our homeland.”

During the hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Selva expressed concerns on a potential sequestration and spending caps that are set to take place on Oct. 1 if Congress does not enact changes to budget law. He stated that sequestration could harm readiness efforts of the armed forces, training operations, and efforts to maintain and upgrade necessary tools and equipment.

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