The election is over. President Obama’s administration will be in charge of national security policy for the next four years. The product of this tenure will have long lasting consequences for American security, for good or for ill.
The next issue of the National Strategy Forum Review presents a comprehensive and succinct overview of what lies ahead for the next four years—trends, options, and consequences. It is our forecast of the major issues and challenges that will shape U.S. national security discussion in 2013 and beyond. Articles in this issue include:
- Defining National Security Strategy: The components of national security strategy, likely and unforeseen global events and their consequences.
- National Security Principles from 2010 to 2012 and Beyond: Past, present, and future—the need to adapt to changed circumstances.
- The Politics of National Security in the 113th Congress: How domestic politics affects national security strategy and policy.
- Averting the Fiscal Cliff: Necessary But Not Sufficient: Economics as the dominant component of national security and implications of the fiscal cliff and beyond.
- The Threat Array: Knowns and Unknowns: Given that there are many unknown emerging threats, it may be prudent to develop national resilience rather than to counter every known threat to U.S. national security.
- Military Policy in a Time of Fiscal Retrenchment: The U.S. military is in a state of flux as a result of the Afghan and Iraq wars. U.S. military resources and doctrine must adapt to asymmetry, terrorism, insurgency, and a constrained defense budget.
- Homeland Security: Protecting the Critical Infrastructure: As a result of Hurricane Sandy, protection of the national critical infrastructure is gaining visibility.
- U.S. Foreign Policy: Challenges, Opportunities, and Organizing Principles: Traditional foreign policy is adapting to changed circumstance, and will require reevaluating methodology to meet emerging international challenges.
- Pivot to Asia: Calculus and Consequences: The American destiny may lie more with countries in the Asia-Pacific than with traditional Western European orientation. What are the consequences and how can this shift be managed?
- Flashpoint Mediterranean: Middle Eastern conflicts are continuing and are unresolved. There is a Mediterranean connection that should be explored, resulting in potential amelioration of the conflict. The realistic goal is political stability rather than peace.
- The National Security Benefit of Good Neighbors – Canada And Mexico: America’s backyard is composed of Canada, Mexico, and Latin America. These states are expanding their economic and political stability. Although the U.S. has not been an exceptionally good neighbor, there is opportunity for the U.S. to initiate actions that could result in an enhanced relationship.
- Proactive Asymmetry: To counter ongoing terrorist threats, the U.S. needs to “think small”—an asymmetric, proactive offensive doctrine.
- Management of National Security: Strategy and national security require fundamental management change within government agencies.
The National Strategy Forum mission is to assist our members to become more informed about U.S. national security issues through our lecture series, conferences, and publications. It is our hope that this new issue of the National Strategy Forum Review proves useful to you.