Military Capabilities

White House pick to lead Joint Chiefs downplays chance of large-scale military conflict with Iran

11 July 2019

US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley, the nominee to take the reins as the 20th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has downplayed the potential of a full-blown war with Iran while also noting that the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has “strained” relationships with critical allies.

Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on 11 July for his confirmation hearing, Gen Milley fielded lawmakers’ questions that mainly focused on US military preparations for a large-scale conflict with China and Russia. Senators also asked for his assessment of Iran and how a military clash with the nation would hinder the Pentagon’s ability to implement the National Defense Strategy.

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