National Security Strategies

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In terms of the national security strategies (NSS), one needs to comprehend the foreign policies of the United States. In understanding these foreign policies, one can learn how the U.S. asserts power. In essence, the foreign policies of each administration are integrated throughout the national security strategies. One should start with the presidential NSS of President Bush; then move down to the NSS of President Obama; and finally look at a comparison of the two. The best way for someone to approach this, would be to explain this under the Grand Strategic Objectives (GSO). First of all, the GSO exists under four distinct national interests, at the core of the United States. These four core interests are established and defined as “physical security, which is generally defined as, the protection against attack on the territory and people of the United States, in order to ensure survival with fundamental values and institutions intact; promotion of values; stable international order and economic prosperity” (Bartholomees). An individual might ask, what is the GSO? In essence, they are translations of the four core interests. These core interests translate into “a promotion of American values, a preservation of American security, and bolstering American economic prosperity” (Bartholomees). While all administrations focus on these objectives, certain factors such as, evaluations of threats, individual beliefs, and predominantly distinctive circumstances cause presidents to institute different strategic ideas of America’s function in the world, resonating a shift from one goal to another. There is a possibility for insurgences to gain access to dangerous weapons. In order to achieve a high level of security, an endorsement of demo... ... middle of paper ... ... Bartholomees, J. B. (2004). U.S. Army War College guide to national security policy and strategy. Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College. Bush, P. II. Champion Aspirations for Human Dignity. The White House. Retrieved April 11, 2015. Feaver, P. Obamas National Security Strategy: Change or Bush Lite| Shadow Government. Shadow Government | FOREIGN POLICY. Retrieved April 11, 2015. Obama, P. Foreign Policy | The White House. The White House. Retrieved April 11, 2015. Ritter, J. New Strategies for a New War. Salisbury University. Retrieved April 11, 2015.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that president bush's national security strategy is based on the champion aspirations for human dignity subsection.
  • Opines that president obama's national security strategy of 2010 is based on the core values that america was built from.
  • Compares president bush and obama's national security strategy, stating that the choice between u.s. interests vs. values is artificial.
  • Concludes that the way the united states asserts power is well integrated into the foreign policies, which are defined under the national security strategies.
  • Cites johnson, g. american thinker: losing the war of ideas in afghanistan.
  • Explains that feaver, p. obamas national security strategy: change or bush lite. shadow government | foreign policy.
  • Opines that obama, p., foreign policy | the white house, retrieved april 11, 2015.
  • Explains the importance of understanding the foreign policies of the united states in the national security strategy.
  • Analyzes how the united states asserts power under the nss.
  • Explains the benefits of the 2010 nss, such as reducing dependence on fossil fuels, preventing renewed instability in the global economy, and building cooperation with international partners.
  • Cites bartholomees, j. b., and bush, p. ii.
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