war on the rocks

The National Defense Strategy: Focusing Our Attention

January 26, 2018

Episode Notes:

Secretary of Defense Mattis released the unclassified synopsis of his National Defense Strategy last week. This document lays out the secretary’s view of the world and his priorities, nested between the White House’s National Security Strategy and the National Military Strategy from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this NDS, Secretary Mattis shifted focus away from the priorities of recent secretaries. David Johnson, principal researcher at the RAND corporation, talks about how this new focus on great-power competition will sharpen our strategic outlook.