President Barack Obama today released the National Security Strategy, a 52-page document that provides a framework for national security programs and policies for the present-day high-threat environment.
John Brennan, assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism, commented, “This is the first national security strategy of any president that integrates homeland security as a part of a broader national security strategy.”
The new strategy first and foremost focuses on security. During Brennan’s remarks yesterday before the release of the strategy, he commented on how the new strategy is clear and precise in describing the enemy, al Qieda and any of its terrorists affiliates. Brennan was certain to note the enemy is not “terrorism,” “terror,” “Islamists,” or “jihadists.”
As reported by The Associated Press, Obama said in the preface, “Our strategy starts by recognizing that our strength and influence abroad begins with the steps we take at home.” Moreover, this National Security Strategy document will aid in the development of the National Military Strategy document, which is expected to be released soon as well.
Today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the president’s National Security Adviser General James L. Jones will be speaking about the specific elements of the national security strategy in greater detail. This conversation will occur at 1:30 p.m. today at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.