You can read the speech, given by United States Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at the web site of the United States Department of Defense.
The subject of the speech was the restructuring of 'military intellegence' (a phrase requiring one to hold the giggle response) so that we are prepared for the future. As he put it, "we are in the middle of a strategic transition to respond to the security challenges that will define our future.'
Based on his speech, he wants to assure that war will be that future. Throw down the gauntlet if you will.
"...The innovative strategies and operational plans we need at this historical juncture maintain the same objectives: defend the United States and strengthen the principled international order that has served the United States, our many friends and allies – and yes – if you think about it, Russia, China, and many other countries, well for decades.
The principles that serve as that order’s foundation – including peaceful resolution of disputes, freedom from coercion, respect for state sovereignty, freedom of navigation and overflight – are not abstractions, nor are they subject to the whims of any one country. They are not privileges to be granted or withdrawn. They make sense because they have worked for decades. They’ve helped keep the peace, lift more than a billion out of poverty, and give people a greater voice in their own affairs.
Our support for those principles and the order they underpin is one reason why we have so many friends, allies, and partners around the world. They are drawn to us because, as Reagan knew, of the gravitational pull of our country's values. Because our antagonists and competitors push many states towards us. But also because, at the most elemental, human level, our troops are attractive partners, they perform and conduct themselves admirably. I see this, and hear this from foreign leaders, around the world. They make us proud.
...Russia appears intent to play spoiler by flouting these principles and the international community. Meanwhile, China is a rising power, and growing more ambitious in its objectives and capabilities. Of course, neither Russia nor China can overturn that order, given its resilience and staying power. But both present different challenges for it."
One only needs to check the voting patterns at the United Nations to see how many friends we really have... for just one example, The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is a human rights treaty which describes the rights of children -- 196 countries signed it including every member of the United Nations except for the United States.