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Janine Davidson: Nat’l Military Strategy Seeks to Address Changes in Global Threat Environment

military in trainingThe National Military Strategy highlights five major areas in the U.S. efforts to address changes in what Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey calls an “unpredictable” global threat environment, according to Janine Davidson.

Davidson, a senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, wrote in a blog entry posted Tuesday that the strategy’s key takeaways focus on forward presence, coalition construction, technological advantage, interstate wars and the nuclear arsenal.

“[This] new document stands as the boldest statement to date of just how much the global strategic environment has transformed in the past few years,” she said.

She added that new tactics such as hybrid wars, emerging technologies like cyber offense and precision weaponry and other developments in the threat environment call on the military to adapt its role and turn to nontraditional strategies.

“Addressing these challenges will require as much investment in the next generation of creative leaders and concept development as new technological approaches to military operations,” Davidson said.

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