Center for Army Lessons Learned - Thesaurus
CALL title banner

National Security Strategy

Definition/Scope: (JP 3-0) A document approved by the President of the United States for developing, applying, and coordinating the instruments of national power to achieve objectives that contribute to national security. (FM 7-100) The national security strategy (NSS) is the State’s vision for itself as a nation and the underlying rationale for building and employing its instruments of national power. It outlines how the State plans to use its diplomatic-political, informational, economic, and military instruments of power to achieve its strategic goals. Despite the term security, this strategy defines not just what the State wants to protect or defend, but what it wants to achieve. It is also a document prepared periodically by the executive branch of the government of the United States for congress which outlines the major national security concerns of the United States and how the administration plans to deal with them.

Used For:

grand strategy
national policy



Broader Terms:

civil defense strategies
Goldwater-Nichols Act
joint warfare
National Command Authority
national security

Narrower Terms:

cabinet minister
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and high-yield Explosives consequence management
international environment
Joint Command
National Defense Strategy
National Military Strategy
national power
Nuclear Posture Review
Security Force Assistance
Strategic Integration Department
Theater Security Cooperation

Related Terms:

20th Support Command
DoD Commands
Integrated Global Presence and Basing Strategy
National Security Council
Strategic Defense
Unified Command Plan

CALL Homepage >> Thesaurus Last Updated: Sept 17, 2008