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National Defense Strategy

Published June 1, 2008


National Strategy



Published every four years, this document outlines the policy behind the U.S. military's acquisitions, development, and research of weapons and provides implementation guidelines.

The 2005 strategy refers to President Bush's National Security Strategy's "defense of freedom" and describes four objectives: to "secure the US from direct attack, secure strategic access and retain global freedom of action, strengthen alliances and partnerships", and "establish favorable security conditions."

The 2008 strategy focuses on "campaign and contingency planning, force development, and intelligence" and "reflects....lessons learned from on-going operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. It addresses how the U.S. Armed Forces will fight and win America's wars and how we seek to work with and through partner nations to shape opportunities in the international environment to enhance security and avert conflict."

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