According to a U.S. Department of Defense report published on Wednesday, Navy Admiral Charles A. Richard joined a panel discussion on the issues facing the U.S. regarding national security.
This comes after Putin announced that Russia would further escalate the conflict in Ukraine.
In a pre-recorded speech on Wednesday, Putin outlined there would be a partial mobilization of Russian forces against Ukraine.
In addition to this, he issued a warning to the West and insisted he was not bluffing about potentially using nuclear weaponry.
Speaking on a panel to discuss national security, Richard said: “All of us in this room are back in the business of contemplating competition through crisis and possible direct armed conflict with a nuclear-capable peer.
“We have not had to do that in over 30 years. The implications of that are profound…