The new National Defense Strategy is a good fit for the times, emphasizing the return of great power rivalry, yet still addressing other threats that abound in the world today, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said today.
America’s military protects our way of life and I want to point out it also protects a realm of ideas.
It’s not just about protecting geography.
This is a defense strategy that will guide our efforts in all realms.
Today, we are emerging from a period of strategic atrophy, aware that our competitive military
advantage has been eroding.
We are facing increased global disorder, characterized by decline in the
long-standing rules-based international order—creating a security environment more complex and
volatile than any we have experienced in recent memory.
Inter-state strategic competition, not
terrorism, is now the primary concern in U.S. national security.