January 19, 2018
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, praised the release of the National Defense Strategy, a blueprint that highlights how President Trump and the Pentagon will address threats from around the world. The National Defense Strategy was last updated ten years ago and was required by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017.
“The release of the National Defense Strategy represents a frank and realistic view of the current situation and how we must protect our national interests against both near-peer competitors and rogue nations. For too long, the Obama-era policies of downsizing and de-escalation put our military on uneven footing and lacked a long-term strategic approach. In that time, we clearly saw our quantitative and qualitative advantage diminish, all while China and Russia made strategic, competitive gains.
“By comparison, this National Defense Strategy is a forward thinking approach to reestablish the United States’ position as the undisputed leader of the free world. It shows a commitment to restoring our military advantage across all domains, strengthening and expanding key alliances and improving our modernization and acquisitions process.
“I applaud President Trump, Secretary Mattis and the administration for their leadership and I look forward to working with them to implement this strategy in Congress.”