Essay on The National Security Strategy Is An Act Of Force

1654 Words Dec 10th, 2016 7 Pages
“War is thus an act of force to compel our enemy to do our will.”

First it must be clarified, what military strategy means. Weighley presents the following definition which is also officially recognized in the US military: Military strategy … is the art and science of employing the armed forces of a nation to secure the objectives of national policy by the application of force, or the threat of force.”
At the highest level, the National Security Strategy (NSS) outlines enduring US national interests and general security goals and describes how to integrate all elements of national power in pursuit of those goals. From the NSS derives the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), which directly shapes budgeting and force-structure decisions. One further step down, the 2015 National Military Strategy (2015 NMS) provides a description of the strategic environment and challenges that affect United States national interests and its national security. This security environment presents the framework in which military forces will operate and is the main determent for the strategy, the ends, ways, and means. Derived from the security environment, the US national military objectives represent the ends and describe what US Armed Forces are expected to accomplish. The 2015 NMS identifies three National Military Objectives with an integrated approach: “to deter, deny, and defeat state adversaries; to disrupt, degrade, and defeat Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs); and to…

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