U.S. Defense Challenge: Peace Amid Paradox   [open pdf - 149KB]

"We enjoy peace amid paradox. We are safer from the threat of massive nuclear war than at any point since the dawn of the atomic age. And yet, we are more vulnerable to suitcase bombs, to cyber-terrorists, to raw and random violence of an outlaw regime," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said at Pentagon welcoming ceremonies on January 26. He became the 21st secretary of defense January 22, and held the same post previously from 1975-77 during the Ford administration. The following are excerpts adapted from recent public statements made by Secretary Rumsfeld that reflect his perspective on national security issues confronting the administration of President George W. Bush during his first year in office. President Bush took office with three goals in mind: to strengthen the bond of trust with the American military, to protect the American people both from attack and threats of terror, and to build a military that takes advantage of remarkable new technologies to confront the new threats of this century. Mr. Rumsfeld plans to pursue five key objectives and implement policies and allocate resources needed to achieve those objectives. First, we need to fashion and sustain deterrence appropriate to the contemporary security environment -- a new national security environment. Second, the readiness and sustainability of deployed forces must be assured. Third, U.S. command-control-communication, intelligence, and space capabilities must be modernized to support 21st century needs. Fourth, the U.S. defense establishment must be transformed to address 21st century circumstances. Fifth, reform of DOD structures, processes, and organization. Certainly the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and the means to deliver them pose a threat to the security of the United States, its allies and friends. We must ensure that we are devoting the appropriate resources to identify these newer threats, including cyber attack.

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U.S. National Security: The Bush Team: U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda: An Electronic Journal of the U.S. Department of State, v.6, no.1, p. 11-14
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