Tuesday, January 2, 2018

President Trump's National Security Strategy December 2017


     President Trump's National Security Strategy of the United States of America December 2017 document has been released. Many in the Intelligence Community and national security experts alike view it as a fairly middle-of-the-road approach to global security. For all of Trump’s promises to blow up the international system and get America “winning” again, there’s not much in it that varies from what previous presidents wanted. The introduction by President Trump appears to be a summary of his Twitter tweets. 
     In general, the document states that America will partner with governments to end long-running, violent conflicts and encourage them to be more accountable and responsive to their citizens. The U.S. will continue to respond to humanitarian needs and work with governments to address the root causes of human suffering. We will also sanction government officials and institutions that prey on their citizens and commit atrocities. Does that mean Russia, too? 

     Economically, America's worldwide goals will be to expand trade and commercial ties to create jobs and build wealth for Americans and Africans. Interestingly, Africa was solely named here. A good choice, since jihadi terrorists are setting up shop all over that continent. Economic integration among African states will be a priority and we will form partnerships to promote prosperity and offer them American goods and services as an alternative to China's extractive economic tactics in Africa.  
     Regarding the military and global security, the document states the U.S. will continue to work with partner nations in improving their security services to counter terrorism, human trafficking, and the illegal trade in arms and natural resources. The last sentence in the document's conclusion stated that America will work with partners to defeat terrorist organizations and others who threaten U.S. citizens and he homeland.

Robert Morton is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and is author of the Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean and Florida Keys spy series. 

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