National Security Strategy for a New Era

1471 WordsJun 20, 20186 Pages
Introduction The state of the United States today is in many ways similar to what it was following the Vietnam War. Then as is now, there are concerns over the misuse and overreaching of military force. As well, today’s economic dispair mimics that of the inflation that gripped the nation in the 1970’s and 1980’s (Snow, 2014, p. 5). Left unidentified is a comprehensive strategy for United States national security. What are the priorities for American national security today, and how can they effectively be met? What are the overarching goals of the United States going and how can they be achieved? Answers to these questions are too often divided along partisan lines, making it difficult to construct a strategy that most policy-makers…show more content…
This “intermestic” condition demands a national security strategy that adequately addresses both international and domestic threats (Snow, 2014, p. 1). However, since the end of the Cold War the United States has failed to create a widely accepted national security strategy (Korb, 2003, p. 1). It is imperative, therefore, that decision-makers take a realistic and comprehensive inventory of the threats to national security and be willing to commit to a strategy that will serve to guide American policies and actions. National Security Strategy for a New Era Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, most of the American constituency and decision-makers agreed that terrorism became a threat to national security. However, arguments have been raised over how to address this, as well as whether it is even the most serious threat facing the nation. According to former U.S. Senator Gary Hart, since those events the United States has adopted a “defacto strategy” of fighting the war on terror. He argued that this is inadequate because it ignores other major events shaping the globe, and further lacks a grand strategy in which our larger purposes are defined (Hart, 2004). Other strategic challenges facing the United States today include international crime, humanitarian crises, failed states, and pervasive poverty (McCaffrey, 2010). Three schools of
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