The National Defense Strategy — the first new strategy in a decade — was released earlier this year. It has two main goals:
Basically, it recognizes our reality: that we have competition. To deal with this, we need to keep the peace through strength by building on our military advantage and maintaining important regional balances of power.
The Defense Department has been hard at work to put the strategy into action. It now has its largest annual budget, which includes the biggest troop pay increase in nine years. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis has traveled to 58 countries to solidify existing partnerships and form new ones. DOD is conducting the largest consolidated audit in its history. Streamlined contracting and purchasing processes and other reform initiatives are making sure every tax dollar is spent wisely and in keeping with the National Defense Strategy’s three priorities: