National Defense Strategy


The National Defense Strategy (or NDS) is used to establish the objectives for military planning regarding force structure, force modernization, business processes, supporting infrastructure, and required resources (funding and manpower). The NDS plays a key role in identifying the capabilities required by the warfighters to support the National Security Strategy (NSS).  As the DoD’s capstone document, National Defense Strategy informs the National Military Strategy (NMS), and provides a framework for other DoD strategic guidance, including campaign and contingency planning, force development, and intelligence.

National Defense Strategy 2008

Defense Strategic Guidance 2012

National Defense Strategy 2018