The United States is confronting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – and its geopolitical implications – in the absence of a National Security Strategy (NSS). The NSS that the Biden Administration produces this year should reflect the world as it is and articulate a strategy to protect American interests effectively. The NSS should level with the American people about the following realities:
In December 2021, we released “Priorities for the National Security Strategy.” It identifies the most significant national security threats to the United States and sets out the elements of an NSS that can best meet those threats and garner lasting bipartisan support at home and abroad. More comprehensive than this paper, it provides a blueprint for the Biden Administration as it takes the NSS back to the drawing board. Recent events have made it especially important for the NSS to prioritize and underscore the following, each of which draws on our “Priorities for the National Security Strategy”:
I. Real, Major, and Sustained Increases in U.S. Defense Spending
II. Global Strategy to Counter Global Threats
III. Immediate Next Steps
The NSS must ensure that we take immediate steps to maintain deterrence in each major region:
IV. Foreign Policy for the Middle Class
Successfully competing against the PRC, and Russia, requires that the United States and our allies and partners both: 1) cease enabling the PRC’s and Russia’s economic and technological power relative to ours, and 2) bolster our own comprehensive economic and technological strength—and thus national security.
The United States can accomplish this by prioritizing:
Energy Security for the United States and Our Allies and Partners
V. It Can Be Done
The U.S. continues to have significant national interests in the Middle East & North Africa directly related to great power competition, despite the Biden admin’s desire to pivot elsewhere. Our report outlines four top vital national security interests and several policy priorities that should guide policymakers.
The NSS should guide policies and investments that protect and sustain the American experiment of republican liberty, and a world in which it can flourish, from the despotic, threatening intentions and efforts of adversarial powers, principally the People’s Republic of China. Read more.
Maintaining close ties with Europe is important – but so is ensuring that America’s alliances there perform in ways that benefit the United States and not our geopolitical rivals. Read FAL's 10 principles that should inform U.S. policy in Europe.