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White House publishes Interim National Security Strategic Guidance

On March 3, 2021, the Biden Administration released its Interim National Security Strategic Guidance. This interim guidance has been issued to convey President Biden’s vision for how America will engage with the world, and to provide guidance for departments and agencies to align their actions as the Administration begins work on a National Security Strategy.

Department of Defense to Unveil its National Defense Strategy Next Week

According to Defense News, Department of Defense will unveil its National Defense Strategy on Jan. 19. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said a significant part of the strategy will remain classified, but promised to make at least part of the document open to the public. “There will be a classified one that is relatively thick; there will be a shorter one that will basically lay it out unclassified, and… Read More »Department of Defense to Unveil its National Defense Strategy Next Week

HASC Chairman Reacts to President Trump’s Defense Budget Comments

During his maiden speech to the UN General Assembly on 19 September, President Trump embraced a higher level of defense spending than his budget originally proposed.  The President said, “And it has just been announced that we will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense. Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been”.   That funding level is in line with the work done by the House and Senate… Read More »HASC Chairman Reacts to President Trump’s Defense Budget Comments

Does the National Security Strategy Matter?

On August 7, War on the Rocks released a podcast where several national security experts discussed the importance of the National Security Strategy (NSS), a document required by Congress for each new administration to outline its objectives. While the overall consensus is that, yes, the NSS matters, the podcast participants have varying opinions towards the extent of the document’s importance. The discussion includes commentary from several individuals who have been involved in the creation of… Read More »Does the National Security Strategy Matter?

Review: Dereliction of Duty, H.R. McMaster

From War on the Rocks, an insightful look at an important critique of military leadership: H.R. McMaster, Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam (Harper Perennial, 1998). Dereliction of Duty is a serious book. Thoroughly researched, carefully argued, it tackles a big subject: Who is responsible for the debacle that is the Vietnam War? McMaster concludes that everyone in political and military leadership was: Presidents John F.… Read More »Review: Dereliction of Duty, H.R. McMaster