National Security Strategy for a New Century [May 1997]   [open pdf - 4MB]

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

From the Preface: "This report, submitted in accordance with Section 603 of the Goldwater-Nichols Defense Department Reorganization Act of 1986, sets forth a national security strategy to advance our national interests in this era of unique opportunities and dangers. It is premised on the belief that both our domestic strength and our leadership abroad are essential to advancing our goal of a safer, more prosperous America. Building upon America's unmatched strengths, the strategy's three core objectives are: [1] To enhance our security with effective diplomacy and with military forces that are ready to fight and win. [2] To bolster America's economic prosperity. [3] To promote democracy abroad. To achieve these objectives, we will remain engaged abroad and work with partners, new and old, to promote peace and prosperity. We can--and we must--use America's leadership to harness global forces of integration, reshape existing security, economic and political structures, and build new ones that help create the conditions necessary for our interests and values to thrive. "

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