The National Security Strategy

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The National Security Strategy considers the enduring US national interests as “the security of the US, its citizens, and US allies and partners; a strong, innovative and growing US economy in an open international economic system that promotes opportunity and prosperity; respect for universal values at home and around the world; an international order advanced by US leadership that promotes peace, security, and opportunity through stronger cooperation to meet global challenges.” The Defense Strategic Guidance, published in 2012, directs that DOD develop smaller, less-cost, creative ways to achieve national security by increasing advisory roles, rotational presence, and exercises. Complimenting both, the Quadrennial Defense Review, published in 2010, set two overarching objectives: rebalance of US forces to meet current and future wars; and refine processes in order to support the US armed forces, buy only weapons that are necessary, and ensure responsible use of money. Finally, the National Military Strategy, published in 2011, explicitly states, “Let us not forget, the Nation remains at war abroad to defend against and defeat threats to our homeland.” In each of these documents, echoes of US lessons learned from the last 13 years of irregular warfare appear. This essay will discuss the current US military approach to the irregular challenges, the irregular challenges that the US most likely will face in the near term, and offer arguments of whether the US government and military focus is on the most important threats with the right mix of capabilities. Current and near-term irregular challenges facing the US military requires creative approaches that maximizes people, resources, and capabilities. The current US militar... ... middle of paper ... ...cute an irregular challenge operation and simultaneously faced a larger scale conventional operation, the US assumes a huge risk. Additionally, other core facets (homeland defense, defense of the commons, etc.) would suffer. This essay discussed the current US military approach to the irregular challenges, the irregular challenges that the US most likely will face in the near term, and offered arguments of whether the US government and military focus is on the most important threats with the right mix of capabilities. Only time will tell if the policies set forth in the 2010 National Security Strategy, 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance, 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, and 2011 National Military Strategy hit the mark. Current and near-term irregular challenges facing the US military requires creative approaches that maximizes people, resources, and capabilities.

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