The Pentagon says Russia is posing a new and credible threat and the Defense Department wants a whole lot more taxpayer money to combat it.

FOX's Jill Nado has more from Washington:

Defense Secretary Ash Carter says Russia has once again become one of our most stressing competitors and he wants to quadruple the amount of money we spend to counter Moscow's aggression:

(Carter) "We haven't had to worry about this for 25 years. While I wish it were otherwise, now we do."

The U.S. had been spending $789-million a year to bolster eastern Europe's defenses against Moscow and now Carter wants to see that increased to $3.4-billion in 2017.

In Washington, Jill Nado, FOX News.