Setting Priorities for American Leadership

A New National Security Strategy for the United States

As the Obama Administration enters its second term, it will need to grapple with a fundamental strategic question: what role should the United States play in the world? Over the past six months, a bipartisan task force of foreign policy and national security experts, including former officials who served in the administrations of Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, has met to tackle this question.

The result: a blueprint for a new national security strategy for the United States—one that sets priorities amid limited resources, while remaining true to the principles of advancing democratic values and exercising strong American global leadership.

About Project for a United and Strong America: The Project for a United and Strong America is a stand alone, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization with the sole purpose of advancing America's values and national security.

Participants:
This report was prepared by a bi-partisan task force of foreign policy and national security experts, including officials who served in the administrations of Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. The final report reflects overall task force input and discussion; individual participants may not necessarily endorse all observations and recommendations.

Task force participants served in their personal capacities. Affiliations are listed for identification only and are not intended to connote the approval or sponsorship of this report by the listed institution.

James Goldgeier (Co-Chair), Dean, School of International Service, American University
Kurt Volker (Co-Chair), Executive Director, McCain Institute for International Leadership, ASU
Ash Jain (Executive Director), Non-Resident Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States
Rebecca Schneider (Coordinator), Chief of Staff, McCain Institute for International Leadership, ASU

Anthony Arend, Georgetown University • Nora Bensahel, Center for a New American Security • Shawn Brimley, Center for a New American Security • Chris Brose, Senate Armed Services Committee • Matt Bryza, International Centre for Defence Studies (Estonia) • Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, Georgetown University • William Burke-White, University of Pennsylvania • Eric Farnsworth, Council of the Americas • Dan Fata, The Cohen Group • Brian Fishman, New America Foundation • Jamie Fly, Foreign Policy Initiative • Richard Fontaine, Center for a New American Security • Stacia George, Caerus Associates • David Goldwyn, Goldwyn Global Strategies • Colleen Graffy, Pepperdine University • Mike Green, Center for Strategic and International Studies • Rod Hunter, PhRMA • William Inboden, University of Texas - Austin • Frank Kramer, Atlantic Council • Mark P. Lagon, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University • Kristin Lord, United States Institute of Peace • Ted Piccone, The Brookings Institution • Stephen Rademaker, The Podesta Group • Kori Schake, Hoover Institution • Vance Serchuk, Canon Institute of Global Studies • Charles Shapiro, Institute of the Americas • Robert Shapiro, Sonecon • David Shorr, The Stanley Foundation • John Simon, Total Impact Advisors • Ali Tulbah, McLarty Associates • Daniel Twining, German Marshall Fund of the United States • Peter Van Praagh, Halifax International Security Forum • Andrew Weiss, RAND Corporation