Deputy Defense Secretary Outlines New Strategy

DoD News, Jan. 29, 2018 | 2:00
Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan outlined parts of the newly announced National Defense Strategy and its impact on active duty service members in an interview at the Pentagon with Department Of Defense News reporter Jim Garamone, Jan. 19, 2018.
All DoD personnel need to read and internalize the new National Defense Strategy, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said here on Jan. 19,2018.

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis announces the new National Defense Strategy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, a division of the Johns Hopkins University based in Washington.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis announces the new National Defense Strategy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, a division of the Johns Hopkins University based in Washington, Jan. 19, 2018. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kathryn E. Holm

“This is not a document; it is a means to an end,” the deputy secretary said in an interview. “The strategy creates alignment and transparency.”

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis unveiled the bones of the strategy during a speech at the Johns Hopkins Paul Nitze School for Advanced International Studies in Washington. An 11-page summary of the strategy is available on the Defense Department’s website.

Shanahan said he wants the more than 2 million members of DoD to be in alignment with the strategy to create a powerful impetus to making the joint force more lethal, helping DoD to strengthen old alliances and build new partnerships, and reforming the way the department does business.

“When you have a common understanding of priorities and a common lexicon, we’re the most powerful team in the world,” Shanahan said.