Thursday, May 27, 2010
The US released its National Security Strategy 2010 today.
The new strategy clearly identifies economic might as one of the strong pillars of national power, thereby inducing changes and adjustments to military and other instruments of national power.
While identifying major challenges, the NSS 2010 lists WMD proliferation as one of the most serious challenges. It says, "there is no greater threat to the American people than weapons of mass destruction, particularly the danger posed by the pursuit of nuclear weapons by violent extremists and their proliferation to additional states."
NSS also makes a strong case for working in collaboration with international organisations such as the UN and NATO to address major challenges and threats. However, the US reserves the right to use of force when there is a risk to inaction. The document reads, "While the use of force is sometimes necessary, we will exhaust other options before war whenever we can,
and carefully weigh the costs and risks of action against the costs and risks of inaction. When force is necessary,we will continue to do so in a way that reflects our values and strengthens our legitimacy, and we will seek broad international support, working with such institutions as NATO and the UN Security Council. The United States must reserve the right to act unilaterally if necessary to defend our nation and our interests, yet we will also seek to adhere to standards that govern the use of force. Doing so strengthens those who act in line with international standards, while isolating and weakening those who do not. We will also
outline a clear mandate and specific objectives and thoroughly consider the consequences —intended and unintended—of our actions."