A Strong and Focused National Security Strategy

The defense sequester has resulted in large cuts to the Pentagon accounts that support day-to-day readiness. All this is happening at a time when the recognized threats to America are manifestly rising. Why? America’s affluence and unique commitment to human dignity make it the prime target of aggressive forces throughout the world. It depends on global financial, communications, and transportation networks that are easy to attack and hard to defend. Why would such a government voluntarily take steps that its own leaders admit are subjecting its people to unacceptable risk? The answer is a lack of clarity on a strategic level—an escalating failure over time to define the interests that together give meaning to the term “national security,” to identify the threats to those interests, and to define the basic strategy and operating principles of a foreign policy that will effectively defend America over time.

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