On 18 December 2017 President Trump released his National Security Strategy (NSS). It is the quintessential document that will serve as the azimuth for key government leaders to guide them through the execution of core functions at federal departments and agencies in the months and years to come. At 55 pages, it outlines key issues that he and by extension, his National Security Council, see as of paramount concern for the United States. Broadly, Trump looks to: (1) protect the homeland; (2) promote US prosperity; (3) leveraging strength to preserve peace; and (4) advance US influence in the world (NSS, 2017, p. 4).
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