Burr: US in new Cold War with Russia

The Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said in a recent interview that the United States and Russia are locked in a new Cold War. 

When asked last week on UNC-TV's "Front Row with Marc Rotterman" if the U.S. is in a new Cold War with Russia, Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrOvernight Defense: Congressional leaders receive classified briefing on Iran | Trump on war: 'I hope not' | Key Republican calls threats credible | Warren plan targets corporate influence at Pentagon Key Republican 'convinced' Iran threats are credible Congressional leaders receive classified Iran briefing MORE (R-N.C.) said, "We are." 

"It mirrors very much what we saw in the 1980s, except for the fact that Russia, just like China, has used technology to leverage what they can do offensively in a way that even the United States hadn't leveraged," he said.

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"We have a very antiquated procurement process in the military. They have bypassed that and they've truly taken this birth of technology and they've incorporated it in their offensive [research and development] of weaponry."

CNN first reported the Burr interview. 

Burr's panel and the House Intelligence Committee are probing the Kremlin's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, as well as alleged ties between President Trump's campaign and Moscow.

A U.S. intelligence community report made public in January concluded that Russia had carried out an extensive campaign to influence the election in favor of Trump, though the White House has repeatedly denied any collusion with the Kremlin.

Intelligence officials have also warned that Russia is likely to carry out such activities in other countries' elections. A report released by the security firm Trend Micro on Tuesday said that a cyberattack on French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's campaign resembled a similar attack on the Democratic National Committee by Russian hackers last year.