Options for US National Strategy in the 1980's and Beyond.
Strategic issues research memo.,
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This memorandum examines the interrelationships among the evolving strategic environment, US national interests and national strategy. The author considers the concept of national strategy by placing the current national strategy in historical perspective and examines the difference between strategy and policy. In order to develop strategic options, the four fundamental elements of US national interest -- survival, preservation of national territory, preservation of contemporary American values and maintenance or enhancement of the US standard of living as are analyzed in the context of the emerging global strategic situation. Next, four national strategic options are developed and one element, deterrence, common to them all, is discussed. The author concludes that the dynamic nature of the future world environment will require flexibility and perhaps a synthesis of the four basic options examined. Author
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