National Security Strategy [May 2010]   [open pdf - 2MB]

Alternate Title: National Security Strategy of the United States of America

The 2010 National Security Strategy of the United States begins with an overview of national security: "At the dawn of the 21st century, the United States of America faces a broad and complex array of challenges to our national security. Just as America helped to determine the course of the 20th century, we must now build the sources of American strength and influence, and shape an international order capable of overcoming the challenges of the 21st century." Next, the strategy discusses the Strategic Approach, stating that "Our national security depends upon America's ability to leverage our unique national attributes, just as global security depends upon strong and responsible American leadership. That includes our military might, economic competitiveness, moral leadership, global engagement, and efforts to shape an international system that serves the mutual interests of nations and peoples. For the world has changed at an extraordinary pace, and the United States must adapt to advance our interests and sustain our leadership." It then examines U.S. interests: Security, Prosperity, Values, and International Order. It concludes by stating that the "strategy calls for a comprehensive range of national actions, and a broad conception of what constitutes our national security. Above all, it is about renewing our leadership by calling upon what is best about America--our innovation and capacity; our openness and moral imagination."

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