2018 National Defence Strategy of USA

The document is a summary of the US National Defence Strategy, with focus to the next five years. Jim Mattis “this strategy establishes my intent to pursue urgent change at significant scale” “We must use creative approaches …”

The security environment is also affected by rapid technological advancements and the changing character of war. The drive to develop new technologies is relentless, expanding to more actors with lower barriers of entry, and moving at accelerating speed. New technologies include advanced computing, “big data” analytics, artificial intelligence, autonomy, robotics, directed energy, hypersonics, and biotechnology— the very technologies that ensure we will be able to fight and win the wars of the future.

New commercial technology will change society and, ultimately, the character of war. The fact that many technological developments will come from the commercial sector means that state competitors and non-state actors will also have access to them, a fact that risks eroding the conventional overmatch to which our Nation has grown accustomed.

The 2018 National Defense Strategy underpins our planned fiscal year 2019-2023 budgets, accelerating our modernization programs and devoting additional resources in a sustained effort to solidify our competitive advantage in: (download full document here)

  • Nuclear Forces.
  • Space and cyberspace as warfighting domains.
  • Command, control, communications, computers and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR).
  • Missile defense.
  • Joint lethality in contested environments.
  • Forward force maneuver and posture resilience
  • Advanced autonomous systems.
  • Resilient and agile logistics.

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