NATIONAL DEFENSE STRATEGY & NATIONAL MILITARY STRATEGY

Tuesday March 22, 2005

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.

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Army raises recruiting age for Guard and Reserve (USAT | EB)
  • Harvey says Army will offer more incentives to draw in recruits (ESS | EB)
  • Roving Sands training exercise involves five nations, new capabilities (ARNEWS)
  • New policy authorizes BAH for single staff sergeants (ARNEWS)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Secretary sees 'solid progress' in Iraq (ARNEWS)
  • Two years in Iraq: Meeting needs of changing battle space (AFIS)
  • Top Shiite cleric urges quick formation of government (NYT | EB)
  • U.S. kills 26 insurgents in firefight (MH | EB)
  • Graduation means all 27 Iraqi battalions now operational (AFIS)
  • SecArmy: Proud of progress in Afghanistan (ARNEWS)
  • Afghan military academy graduates first basic training class (AFIS)
  • Afghan minister seeks assistance in heroin, terror war (LFT/EB)

OF INTEREST

  • European Union will not lift embargo on arms to China (NYT | EB)
  • Rumsfeld seeking support for aid to Haiti (LAT | EB)
  • Terror risk seen at U.S., Mexican border (CSM | EB)
  • Mexican immigrants fighting in U.S. military (NYT | EB)
  • Special ops Soldiers heading for greener pastures (TT/EB)
  • QDR panel to determine future military capabilities in a series of meetings (ID | EB)
  • Extensive video of prisoners at U.S. base 'explosive' (The Australian/EB)
  • China will not pressure North Korea to return to nuclear talks (NYT | EB)
  • Countries object to U.N. leader's plan (WP | EB)
  • "Why Chavez seeks a clash with the U.S." Opinion (MH | EB)
  • Facing the Future: Preparing today's military for its next challenges (AFIS)

WORLD VIEW

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Events

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.

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

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