National Security Strategy (February 2015)

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“Here are the 4 key ways we will advance a strong and sustained American leadership: 

1. We will advance the security of the United States, its citizens, and U.S. allies and partners by: 

  • Maintaining a national defense that is the best trained, equipped, and led force in the world
  • Reinforcing our homeland security to protect Americans from terrorist attacks and natural hazards
  • Striving for a world without nuclear weapons and ensuring nuclear materials don’t fall into the wrong hands
  • Developing a global capacity to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to biological threats like Ebola through the Global Health Security Agenda

Read the other key ways the President’s plan enhances our security here.

2. We will advance a strong, innovative, and growing U.S. economy in an open international economic system by: 

  • Strengthening American energy security and increasing global access to reliable and affordable energy to bolster economic growth and development worldwide
  • Advancing a trade agenda — including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — that creates good American jobs and shared prosperity
  • Leading efforts to reduce extreme poverty, food insecurity, and preventable deaths with initiatives such as Feed the Future and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

Read the other key ways the President’s plan promotes economic opportunity and prosperity here.

3. We will advance respect for universal values at home and around the world by: 

  • Holding ourselves to the highest possible standard by living our values at home even as we do what is necessary to keep our people safe and our allies secure
  • Leading the way in confronting the corruption by promoting adherence to standards of accountable and transparent governance
  • Leading the international community to prevent and respond to human rights abuses and mass atrocities as well as gender-based violence and discrimination against LGBT persons

Read the other key ways the President’s plan encourages respect for universal values here.

4. We will advance an international order that promotes peace, security, and oppor­tunity through stronger cooperation by:

  • Strengthening and growing our global alliances and partnerships, forging diverse coalitions, and leading at the United Nations and other multilateral organizations
  • Pursuing a stable Middle East and North Africa by countering terrorism, preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and reducing the underlying sources of conflict
  • Promoting a prosperous, secure, and democratic Western Hemisphere by expanding integration and leveraging a new opening to Cuba to expand our engagement”

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