First, while protecting the United States we must win the War on Terrorism.
The attacks of 11 September 2001 demonstrated that our liberties are vulnerable. The prospect of future attacks, potentially
employing weapons of mass destruction, makes it imperative we act now to stop terrorists before they can attack again. We
must continue to root out transnational terrorist networks, sever their connections with state sponsors, eliminate their bases
of operation, counter dangerous proliferation and establish a global antiterrorism environment. This mission requires the
full integration of all instruments of national power, the cooperation and participation of friends and allies and the support
of the American people.
Second, we will enhance our ability to fight as a joint force. Joint
teamwork is an integral part of our culture and focus as we develop leaders, organizations, systems and doctrine. We must
continue to strengthen trust and confidence among the Service components that comprise the Joint Force. Enhancing joint warfighting
requires the integration of our Active and Reserve Components and our civilian work force to create a seamless total force
that can meet future challenges. We must strengthen collaboration among our joint forces, agencies at all levels of government
and multinational partners. Key to such collaboration is an improved ability to collect, process and share information.
Third, we will transform the Armed Forces “in
stride” – fielding new capabilities and adopting new operational concepts while actively taking the fight to terrorists.
Transformation requires a combination of technology, intellect and cultural adjustments – adjustments that reward innovation
and creativity. In-stride transformation will ensure US forces emerge from the struggle against terrorism with our joint force
fully prepared to meet future global challenges.
The NMS serves to focus the Armed Forces on maintaining
US leadership in a global community that is challenged on many fronts – from countering the threat of global terrorism
to fostering emerging democracies. In this environment, US presence and commitment to partners are essential. Our Armed Forces,
operating at home and abroad, in peace and war, will continue to serve as a constant, visible reminder of US resolve to protect
common interests. Our dedication to security and stability ensures that the United States is viewed as an indispensable partner,
encouraging other nations to join us in helping make the world not just safer, but better.
Richard B. Myers
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
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