"The international security setting is undergoing the most consequential changes since the end of World War II. Forty years of Cold War confrontation, has giver, way to a new world order. Characterized first and foremost, by a fundamental shift in relations between the United States and the Soviet Union, this new order has permitted the increased democratization of Eastern Europe and has resulted in turmoil of uncertain outcome in the Soviet republics. In the wake of this remarkable reality, a host of other security concerns have followed or intensified: regional disputes across wide spectrum of conflict, drug trafficking, terrorism, and the proliferation of weapons of great destructiveness. Taken as a whole, this extraordinary period of transition, in international affairs has triggered a fundamental refinement of the United State's national security concerns and defense policy priorities."
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