The National Security Strategy as a Blueprint for the New Direction for America
By James S. Gilmore III, President and CEO, American Opportunity Foundation.
As we have stated in previous essays, America today is in a world-wide conflict to determine how mankind will live in the years ahead. This conflict engages all aspects of national power: military, economic, diplomatic, and the competition of values. Parts 1-5 of this series of essays can be accessed on online at American Opportunity.
Often we think of economics, defense, and diplomacy in separate categories or stovepipes. The truth is that all elements of national power work together to further the goal and mission of any national policy. The Trump administration is seeking to align all parts of government activity toward one unified mission: the security and prosperity of the American people.
The new National Security Strategy (NSS) announced in December 2017 emphasizes the role of all parts of our country’s national policy working together. The NSS reaches beyond traditional concepts of military preparedness, and combines all levels of the nation for national security. When the NSS is read, the initiatives of the Trump administration come into focus as a unified whole.