This National Military Strategy, building on the foundation of previous editions, supports the President’s A National Security Strategy for A New Century and the QDR report. It carries forward the theme that US military power is, and will continue to be, fundamental to ensuring our national security.

The United States will remain the world’s only global power for the near-term, but will operate in a strategic environment characterized by rising regional powers, asymmetric challenges including WMD, transnational dangers, and the likelihood of wild cards that cannot be specifically predicted. . The dangers we could face can be mitigated by military activities that Shape the strategic environment and Respond to the full spectrum of crises, while Preparing our Armed Forces now for an uncertain future. The force structure described in this document and our overseas presence, combined with our ability to rapidly project combat power anywhere in the world, provides the strategic agility we will require to meet the challenges we are likely to face.

As we pursue the President’s strategy for enhancing our security in this new era, the demand for military capabilities and skills is unlikely to diminish, both to deter and defeat aggression in two distant and overlapping MTWs, and in roles other than traditional warfighting. Our Armed Forces’ core competence – the ability to apply decisive military power to deter or defeat acts of aggression – must remain the primary consideration in determining the structure, training and employment of our military forces.

We cannot know with certainty who our foes will be or where our forces will be needed in the future. In a time of both uncertainty and promise, this National Military Strategy and our Armed Forces provide our Nation with the means to protect our interests and promote a peace that benefits America and all like-minded nations.

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