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Biden-Harris Administration Releases National Security Strategy

Hyemin Han
Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 1:37 PM

The National Security Strategy set out priorities for the U.S. in an era of great power competition and identified China and Russia as two nations of focus for U.S. security efforts. 

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On Wednesday, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris released their administration's first National Security Strategy (NSS), supplanting the administration's Interim National Security Strategic Guidance put forth last year. The strategy document, which each administration since Ronald Reagan's has produced periodically to outline the executive branch's national security vision for the United States, is broken into four substantive parts. The first section sets out the administration's "enduring vision" for the U.S.'s coming decade, using the concept of competition—a term that features over 100 times throughout the document in various forms—to capture its understanding of the current global security landscape. The second outlines the administration's views on investment priorities to strengthen the United States's "national power," both in terms of domestic infrastructure as well as diplomatic partnerships internationally. The third delineates the administration's global priorities, where the priority of "out-competing" China and "constraining" Russia was listed first. The fourth section breaks down the administration's strategy by region. 

You can read the 2022 NSS here or below: 

Hyemin Han is an associate editor of Lawfare and is based in Washington, D.C. Previously, she worked in eviction defense and has interned on Capitol Hill and with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. She holds a BA in government from Dartmouth College, where she was editor-in-chief of The Dartmouth independent daily.

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