Military Capabilities

Trump National Security Strategy focused on homeland defence, US economy

18 December 2017

The Trump administration’s National Security Strategy (NSS), unveiled on 18 December, broadly outlines the White House’s focus on homeland defence and bolstering the US economy.

For the former it emphasises border security and missile defence, for the latter it hopes to reinforce the “US national security innovation base” and continue advancements in cyber security and space. Those themes are common with President Donald Trump’s overall message.

The NSS’s language in other places diverges notably from White House actions. In the strategy, Russia is called out for aggressive behaviour, but Trump himself has refrained from criticising Russian actions in Ukraine, its alleged violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or its apparent meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

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