This decade has been one of unprecedented upheaval in the global security environment. The monolithic threats of the Cold War have dissipated, only to be replaced by new dangers that threaten political stability, economic advancement, and human rights. Our central focus on preventing global nuclear war has been supplanted by the potential threat posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to rogue nations and non-state actors. The United States, as the world's only superpower, has both the credibility and capability to address these emerging threats and security challenges. To protect America's global interests, we must maintain the ability to translate today's uncertainty into tomorrow's strategy.
In response to this transformation, America's strategic focus has undergone a fundamental change-we have shifted from the Cold War's bipolar containment policy to a strategy of engagement where we shape the international environment, respond to crises, and prepare now for an uncertain future. Our National Military Strategy reflects the more ambiguous nature of the worldwide strategic landscape. US Armed Forces must be prepared to protect America's global interests in a world filled with both new opportunities and diverse challenges. To remain effective, we must critically examine future trends and provide a broad range of responsive assessments and recommendations to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Vice Admiral Frank Pandolfe, Director for Strategic Plans & Policy, J5 [Biography]
Major General Steven Shepro, Vice Director for Strategic Plans & Policy, J5 [Biography]