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Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks about the National Defense Review, Friday, in Washington.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that North Korea threatens global stability with its nuclear and ballistic missile programs as it oppresses its own people. The document also says that ISIS no longer remains a top threat.

Unveiling the Trump administration's new National Defense Strategy, Mattis said the main focus for USA defense was competition with resurgent powers Russian Federation and China which, he said, want to impose an authoritarian model of government on other nations.

"It is increasingly clear that China and Russian Federation want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model - gaining veto authority over other nations' economic, diplomatic, and security decisions", the document says. But the strategy does not ignore the ability of terrorist groups to persist and evolve.

Mattis said the modernization of China's military over the past two decades as well as Russia's advantages coupled with the U.S fighting its longest war in the nation's history have led to loss of a competitive advantage.

The defense secretary said the advantage that the United States military has on foreign threats such as Russian Federation and China is diminishing, as the United States' power on the air, land, sea, space and cyberspace is continuing to erode.

Mattis went on to say the goal of this strategy is to send a message to anyone that wants to take on the U.S.

The US will counter any "threat to America's democracy experiment" in the world, if necessary with military force, the Pentagon chief threatened.

The majority of the strategy is classified and will help drive budgetary decisions in the years ahead, with the document saying that the challenges from Russian Federation and China "require both increased and sustained investment" in defensive capabilities.

The document is classified, but an 11-page summary is available that outlines areas of focus for the US going forward, which includes strengthening military alliances from the Middle East to Asia and building a larger, more agile military. "That is the fundamental concern".

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