Defense Secretary James N. Mattis has admonished Congress for failing to pass a timely budget and incorporating draconian cuts in defense spending.

“By failing to pass a budget on time or eliminate the threat  the Senate Armed Services Committee during a June 13 hearing. Mattis also identified North Korea as the nation’s “most urgent and dangerous threat to peace and security,” largely because of its burgeoning nuclear-weapons program.

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also testified — telling the panel that Russia, China and Iran also continue to pose serious challenges.

“Violent extremist organizations such as ISIS and al Qaida remain a threat to the homeland, our allies, and our way of life,” Dunford also said.

“Violent extremism is fundamentally a trans-regional threat and a generational struggle that requires our military to work with interagency and coalition partners to disrupt external  attacks, and dismantle their capabilities wherever they emerge,” he said. “Even with the success of our continued efforts to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the threat of Islamic terrorism will remain.”