The National Military Strategy (NMS)
DMNA J-5 Assessment of Potential Implications
for New York Military Forces
The world is becoming more complex as America’s interests are linked to both State and non-state actors. The strategic
environment is made more complicated by increasing population trends, resource scarcity, weapons of mass destruction, and
contested domains of space and cyberspace. While the security of the American people, our territory and our way of life is our
foremost priority, we must play a supporting role in facilitating all the national elements of power to advance our nation’s
interests. In alignment with the National Security Strategy and the Quadrennial Defense Review, The Military Strategy cites the
Counter Violent Extremism: The Nation’s strategic objective is to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat Al Qaida and its
affiliates in Afghanistan and Pakistan and prevent their return. This demands a combined effort with allies, and partners.
We must strengthen and expand our network of partnerships to reduce potential safe havens and increase our partner
capacity in countering terrorism.
“We will, on order, be prepared to respond to any attack across the full spectrum of military capabilities with an
appropriate and measured response at a time and place of our Nation’s choosing”. NMS p6
Deter and Defeat Aggression: Our nuclear arsenal and overseas missile defense capabilities will help deter potential
enemies. At the same time, we are seeking a more peaceful world through working with partners to dismantle WMD
proliferation networks, secure, and eliminate these dangerous materials. The US must ensure that criminal organizations,
traffickers, and terrorist groups do not succeed in limiting freedom of movement (air, sea, land, space, cyberspace). Core
military competencies include complementary, multi-domain power projection, joint force able entry, the ability to maintain
joint assured access to the global commons and cyberspace, and the ability to fight and win against adversaries.
Strengthen International and Regional Security: This involves partnerships with countries around the world beginning
with a continued emphasis on Homeland Security.
“We will continue to dedicate, fund, and train a portion of the National Guard for homeland defense and
defense support of civil authorities” NMS p11
Shape the Future Force: This effort involves growing innovative leaders, resilient members, safeguarding pay and
benefits, responsible stewardship of public resources, and care for wounded veterans and families. Our Land, Maritime,
and Air forces must capable of full spectrum operations. Our Space and Cyberspace forces will deter, detect, and defend
US access to those domains. Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions are key to getting information with
a smaller force and minimal logistical footprint.
“ Our strategy, forged in war, is focused on fielding modular, adaptive, general purpose forces that can be
employed in the full range of military operations”
The Strategy document concludes with emphasis on needs of the Joint Force to enable a “whole of nation” approach to
national security through strength, flexibility, and the ability to work as a team with Allies, partner nations, US Government
departments, agencies, and organizations.
II. Implications for New York Military Forces:
Sustained funding for National Guard WMD and Counter Drug elements
Possible continuation of overseas missions in training and security capacity development
Expanded Cyberspace mission opportunities for the National Guard
Continued State Partnership Program funding with possible increases
Possible expansion of Air National Guard ISR mission