USA — Collaboration Key in Creation of National Security Strategy

WASHINGTON — The 2010 Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Strat­e­gy was pre­sent­ed to Con­gress last week, tout­ed as a wide-span­ning “whole-of-gov­ern­ment” plan built on lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the Qua­dren­ni­al Defense Review.

Deputy Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense for Strat­e­gy Aman­da J. Dory spoke with jour­nal­ists on a DoDLive Blog­gers Round­table yes­ter­day to dis­cuss what the new Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Strat­e­gy means for Amer­i­ca, the Depart­ment of Defense and inter­na­tion­al rela­tions.

“The Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Strat­e­gy is clear: there isn’t any high­er pri­or­i­ty than the safe­ty and secu­ri­ty of the Amer­i­can peo­ple, and obvi­ous­ly the depart­ment of defense plays a big role in that,” she said.

“The Unit­ed States will main­tain the mil­i­tary advan­tage as the cor­ner­stone of our nation­al defense [and] anchors glob­al secu­ri­ty, but the NSS also devotes a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time to talk­ing about non-mil­i­tary capa­bil­i­ties,” she added.

The Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Strat­e­gy, Dory said, is released every few years and it’s used to form the Unit­ed States’ Nation­al Defense Strat­e­gy and the Nation­al Mil­i­tary Strat­e­gy. The strat­e­gy focus­es on imme­di­ate threats fac­ing the U.S. as well as those pro­ject­ed in the future.

Dory elab­o­rat­ed on the inclu­sion of new domains, like space and cyber, in this NSS, and rec­og­nized new chal­lenges that come with oper­at­ing in those realms.

“It real­ly kind of begins to open up beyond our tra­di­tion­al way of think­ing about the dif­fer­ent domains in which the Unit­ed States can be vul­ner­a­ble,” she said. “The land, the air, the mar­itime — this nation­al secu­ri­ty [strat­e­gy] adds into our think­ing, the cyber domain, the space domain, as well, and empha­sizes the pos­si­bil­i­ty for threats to man­i­fest in those domains.”

The new strat­e­gy is direct­ly relat­ed to many dif­fer­ent reviews, includ­ing the Qua­dren­ni­al Defense Review and its equiv­a­lents in the State Depart­ment and the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­ri­ty. Dory said “cross-talk and col­lab­o­ra­tion” helped to cre­ate a strat­e­gy with dis­tinct themes that apply across the gov­ern­ment.

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)