2homeland and pursuing a comprehensive global engagement strategy to strengthen nationalcapacity through a Whole of Government (WOG) approach.As established in the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Government has no greater responsibility than the common defense of its citizens.
NSS 2010 provides strategic guidance tothe U.S. Department of Defense in the pursuit of its four primary objectives: prevail in today¶swars, prevent and deter conflict, prepare to defeat adversaries and succeed in a wide range of contingencies, and preserve and enhance the All-Volunteer Force.
This strategy begins withstrengthening security and resilience at home to protect against terrorism, natural disasters, large-scale cyber-attacks, and pandemics. Initiatives must protect critical vulnerabilities by denyingfreedom of movement for hostile actors within the U.S. and strengthen security at and beyondour borders. Collaborative mechanisms for emergency management and disaster preparednesswith interoperability of all levels of governmental, non-governmental, and private sectors are keyto rapidly recover from disaster. Engaging and empowering individuals and communities bothlocally and regionally are essential for countering radicalization inside and outside our borders inorder to provide a safe and secure homeland that promotes prosperity.America will leverage all elements of national power through a WOG approach thatemploys all available military and civil resources to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qa¶ida andits violent extremist affiliates in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and around the world. In order toilluminate and interdict the dark networks of al-Qa¶ida, the U.S., in collaboration with the UnitedKingdom, France, and Germany, must establish a seamless global network of analysts and
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