National Security Strategy - Overview


The ultimate goal is to provide enduring security for the American people.


The National Security Strategy articulates the strategic vision for U.S. vital interests, goals and objectives in foreign policy, global commitments and national defense capabilities.

The President issued the latest National Security Strategy in March 2006. The strategy is founded upon two pillars:

  • Promoting freedom, justice, and human dignity
  • Confronting the challenges of our time by leading a growing community of democracies

The NSS articulates U.S. policy to:

  • Seek and support democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.
  • Help create a world of democratic, well-governed states that can meet the needs of their citizens and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system.

It further states that achieving these goals is the best way to provide enduring security for the American people and will require the work of generations. Solving the challenges of our time will take effective multinational efforts and American leadership.