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National Security Strategy
An analysis of the US National Security Strategy (NSS-2002) and the National Security Council Report 68 (NSC-68).
# 102434 | 1,290 words | 12 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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This paper focuses on analyzing a particular aspect of the National Security Strategy, that is, NSS-2002. It uses the National Security Council Report 68 (NSC-68) as a reference point to understand the difference in the perceptions of threat facing the United States and the difference between the two policies. The connection between the two policies highlights some political, economic, and cultural realms that have been affected by the dimensions of the policy. Overall, it is clear that US foreign policy is reactive rather than preventative, since both NSS-2002 and NSC-68 were devised to counter, rather than to prohibit actions that were seen as harmful to the United States. The paper concludes that even domestic policies necessarily affect global economy, due to the integration of societies, thus careful consideration of foreign policy on use of power is imperative.

National Security Strategy (NSS-2002) and NSC-68: A Critical Review

From the Paper:

"What are the similarities and differences between the NSS-2002 and the NSC-68? There is the common misconception that the NSS-2002 is simple about combating terrorism. As can be clearly seen from the eight principles outlines, the NSS-2002 surpasses combating terrorism, but has an overarching aim of promoting free trade and combating all aspects of terrorism. It is necessary to distinguish between state-sponsored and non-state sponsored terrorism, so as to understand how the NSS-2002 integrates all aspects of threats irrespective or origin and devises mechanisms to combat these issues."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction. (2000). "Toward a Strategy for Combating Terrorism". National Security Research Division. Rand Publications: Full Report, 2nd Series
  • Erickson, Richard. (2001). Legitimate Use of Military Force Against State Sponsored International Terrorism. United States of America Official Documents: Air University Series. 9/11 Publications.
  • Howard, R. and Sawyer, R. (2004). Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: Understanding the New Security Environment. Connecticut: McGraw Hill Publishers.
  • Lutz, B. and Lutz, J. (2004). Global Terrorism. New York: Routledge.
  • Maogoto, J. (2006). "War on the Enemy: Self Defense and State-Sponsored Terrorism". ExpressO Preprint Series, No. 1352.

Cite this Research Paper:

APA Format

National Security Strategy (2008, March 25) Retrieved January 19, 2022, from

MLA Format

"National Security Strategy" 25 March 2008. Web. 19 January. 2022. <>