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Edition: Tue, March 22, 2005
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

[T]hree of the main ideas [of the National Defense Strategy] are the need to deal with strategic uncertainty; the value of early measures, early action to prevent problems from becoming crises, or crises from becoming wars; and third, the importance of building partnership capacity so that we can work with other countries. (Transcript)

Douglas Feith
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

TODAY'S FOCUS

NATIONAL DEFENSE STRATEGY & NATIONAL MILITARY STRATEGY

The National Defense Strategy (NDS) and the National Military Strategy (NMS) were released to the public on Friday, March 18. The following points were made in a press briefing with Mr. Douglas Feith, under secretary of defense for policy, and Rear Adm. William Sullivan, vice director, strategy, plans and policy office.

The NDS and NMS:
- Outline how DoD supports the president's National Security Strategy.
- Lay the foundation and provide strategic context for the ongoing Quadrennial Defense Review.

The three main ideas of this National Defense Strategy include:
- The need to deal with strategic uncertainty.
- The understanding that early measures may resolve problems before they become crises and crises before they become wars.
- The importance of building partner capacity.

The NDS defines four strategic objectives:
1. Secure the United States from direct attack.
2. Secure strategic access and retain freedom of action for key regions.
3. Strengthen alliances and partnerships.
4. Establish security conditions conducive to favorable international order.

The National Military Strategy provides strategic guidance to the Armed Forces.

The NMS sets forth three military objectives:
1. Protect the United States against external attacks and
aggression.
2. Prevent conflict and surprise attack.
3. Prevail against adversaries.

CALENDAR

The US Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus, and their Jazz Ambassadors, continue their spring tour throughout the Midwestern United States. Veterans recently returning from OIF and OEF, and local hometown Field Band performers are also honored during these performances. Click here to read the Spring and Summer schedule.

The Brass Ensemble of the Army's 10th Mountain Division Band and Colors from the New York City MEPS, will take part in the annual Medal of Honor Society National Dinner activities on March 22, at the New York Stock Exchange. Forty two MOH recipients have been invited to this event.

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