National Security Strategy Comparison Essay

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Mid-Term Essay – Compare/Contrast European Security Strategy (ESS) with US National Security Strategy (NSS)
James E. McDonald
Regional/Cultural Studies
Lesson 03
24 Mar 2013
Instructor: Col (ret) Frank Belote

Air Command and Staff College
Distance Learning
Maxwell AFB, AL

The Security Strategy of the United States has marked similarities and differences to the Security Strategy of Europe. This can be effectively traced to the similarities and differences between the two cultures themselves, particularly in the cultural factors of religion, modernization, ethnicity/nationalism, and geography. The US and Europe have different responses to the modernization of warfare from traditional (ships, armies, tanks, aircraft) to
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Europe on the other hand, in its challenge to unify the 27 countries that form the European Union (Rosenberg, 2011, 1), must tread lightly so as not to alienate or anger any portion of the contemporary combination of Christian, Muslim, and “Secular” cultures (Rubenstein, 2011, 1). Both the US and Europe are ethnically and racially diverse. Many marvel at the ability to retain direction and focus in the face of such diversity. Early America molded immigrants into a “melting pot”, mixing historical roots into a soup that became distinctly “American”. Nowadays, the preference is to hold on to ethnic differences and describe the result as a “mosaic” or “salad bowl” – separate pieces that, when viewed as a whole, create a larger picture (Branigin, 1998). In spite of this recent shift to retain ethnic individuality, America seems to successfully categorize this into its frontiersman “rugged individualist” mentality, yet in shunning division along racial lines, manages to successfully embrace all groups into a sense of singular “nationalism”. Europe on the other hand, struggles to balance 27 nations, each with their own sense of nationalism, without giving significant preference to any one culture. The ultimate impact of these religious and ethnic/nationalistic differences is that, yes, the US

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