U.S. Strategy for the 21st Century
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This paper examines historical and proposes future U.S. national interests in light of the many on going changes in todays world. Revised national interests are then used to propose a modified national strategy with supporting domestic, foreign and military strategies. In an attempt to generate new innovative thinking about the issues confronting our nation, some fairly radical alternatives are proposed for national consideration. Many are considered political suicide by todays elected leaders, but they are based on sound reasoning. The American public is looking for realistic answers that will work and these will. Chapter One reviews the development of U.S. national interests and presents a quick historical survey of our past domestic, foreign and military strategies. The next chapters discusses the major trends that will shape the future of America and the rest of the world and then derive fundamental U.S. national interests and objectives using philosophy, psychology, and traditional American values. Logical arguments for each interest and objective are provided. Next presents and projected threats to U.S. national interests in preparation for developing a national strategy are reviewed. The final segment then proposes and defends two axioms that become the basis for the national strategy. The last chapters apply these two axioms to developing strategies for reconciling our national interests with the threats to each one and with major world trends.
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