Dempsey Releases National Military Strategy
Dempsey Releases National
By Jim Garamone, DoD News, Defense Media
Washington D.C. — (DoD
News) — July 1, 2015 — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
cannot predict exactly where the next threat to the United States and its
interests may come from, but he knows it will happen faster than in the past and
the U.S. military must be prepared.
The National Military Strategy released today by Army Gen.
Martin E. Dempsey provides the blueprint for how the military will use its
forces to protect and advance U.S. national and security interests.
“Globalization, diffusion of technology, and demographic
shifts are driving rapid change as state actors and trans-regional networks
challenge order and stability,” said Dempsey. “This strategy addresses these
dynamics and our strategy to ensure that our force remains the best-led, trained
and equipped military on the planet.”
The National Military Strategy follows the release of the
2015 National Security Strategy in February this year, as well as the 2014
Quadrennial Defense Review.
The strategy recognizes that the application of military
power versus traditional state threats is far different than military power
against non-state actors. It also posits that the most likely scenario is
prolonged campaigns rather than short, intense battles.
The strategy also states that as a “hedge against
unpredictability with reduced resources we may have to adjust our global
According to the strategy document, the U.S. military also
must be ready to counter “revisionist states” such as Russia that are
challenging international norms as well as violent extremist organizations such
as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
“We are working with allies to deter, deny and -- when
necessary -- defeat potential state adversaries,” the document says. But at the
same time, the U.S. military is building and leading an extensive network to
take on ISIL.
Globalization Complicates Security Strategy
Globalization is allowing people and technology to move
around the world in a way never seen before, complicating an already complex
security situation, according to the strategy. Globalization has positive
effects in stimulating trade and making many nations prosperous, but it also can
exacerbate social tensions, cause competition for resources and may engender
Technology speeds everything up. The strategy noted that
individuals and groups, today, have more information at their beck and call than
governments had in the past.
Concerns About Russia, Iran, North Korea
While the document notes Russia’s contributions in some
security areas such as counternarcotics and counterterrorism, it also points to
that nation’s willingness to use force to achieve its goals.
“It also has repeatedly demonstrated that it does not respect
the sovereignty of its neighbors,” the strategy states. “Russia’s military
actions are undermining regional security directly and through proxy forces.”
But Russia is not the only country of concern in the strategy
Iran’s nuclear program worries American allies in the region
and beyond, according to the strategy. Iran sponsors terrorist groups in the
region and is active in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon.
North Korea remains an outlaw state that has developed atomic
weapons and is building missiles capable of reaching the United States.
China a Question Mark
China is in a different class, but could be a threat to the
United States, according to the strategy. It is a rising great power and the
strategy encourages China “to become a partner for greater international
Still, Chinese actions in the South China Sea are worrisome.
It is a complex strategic environment and the U.S. military
cannot focus on one threat to the exclusion of all others, according to the
“[The U.S. military] must provide a full range of military
options for addressing both revisionist states and [violent extremist
organizations],” the strategy says. “Failure to do so will result in greater
risk to our nation and the international order.”
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