Naval War College Review


In March 2005 Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld released The National Defense Strategy of the United States of America. In the foreword Rumsfeld sends a clear message about America’s security concerns: “We live in a time of unconventional challenges and strategic uncertainty. We are confronting fundamentally different challenges from those faced by the American defense establishment in the Cold War and previ- ous eras. The war on terrorism has exposed new challenges, but also un- precedented strategic opportunities to work at home and with allies and partners abroad to create conditions favor- able to a secure international order.”