US Grand Strategy: An Assessment of Statutory Requirements
Air War College Maxwell AFB United States
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The demands on US grand strategy have increased dramatically since the current framework for national security was established in 1947. Resultant grand strategies focused on compartmented departmental strategies which did not encourage interagency cooperation. The United States now confronts a security environment defined by its lack of definition multiple and simultaneous threats from state and non-state actors using indirect approaches including economic andor energy destabilization, nuclear proliferation and surrogate forces. These factors raise the serious issue of whether the current statutory requirements for US national security strategic guidance are sufficient to promulgate the Presidents grand strategy to the executive agencies responsible for its execution.