National Security Strategy 1988


Title: National Security Strategy of the United States

Published: Jan. 1, 1988

Administration: Ronald Reagan


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Summary: The 1988 report was written in the context of prominent deficits in the federal budget and balance of trade. The result was that this second report emphasized the importance of integrating all the elements of national power, particularly the economic element. This in turn led to the presentation of separate strategies for various geographic regions with independently planned integration of the tools of power. (Snider, 7).

This report has been described as the first (and sometimes as the last) point at which a fully integrated, comprehensive national security strategy was promulgated.

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