2006 National Security Strategy of the United States
National security refers to the public policy of maintaining
the integrity and survival of the nation-state through the
use of economic, military and political power and the exercise
of diplomacy, in times of peace and war.
Following the terrorist September 11, 2001 attacks in the
United States, and subsequent terrorist incidents around the
world, national security has become a paramount concern for
many governments and societies. The measures adopted to maintain
national security in the face of threats to society has in
turn led to ongoing dialectic, particularly in liberal democracies,
on the appropriate scale and role of authority in matters
of civil and human rights.
Public discourse on these issues has highlighted the tension
that exists between the preservation of the state (by maintaining
self-determination and sovereignty) and the rights and freedoms
On March 16, 2006, the White House released President Bush’s
second term National Security Strategy (NSS), which reflects
the President’s most solemn obligation: to protect the security
of the American people. The NSS explains how the United States
governemnt is working to protect the American people, advance
American interests, enhance global security, and expand global
liberty and prosperity.
National Security Act