Strategic Policy Exercise

Diplomacy catalyzes the political, economic, and societal connections that create America’s enduring alignments and that build positive networks of relationships with partners. Diplomacy sustains dialogue and fosters areas of cooperation with competitors. It reduces the risk of costly miscommunication. 

Diplomacy is indispensable to identify and implements solutions to conflicts in unstable regions of the world short of military involvement. It helps to galvanize allies for action and marshal the collective resources of like-minded nation s and organizations to address shared problems. Authoritarian states are eager to replace the United States where the United States withdraws our diplomats and closes our outposts.”

“We will catalyze regional efforts to build security and prosperity through strong diplomatic engagement. We will isolate governments that refuse to act as responsible partners in advancing hemispheric peace and prosperity . “

“My Administration’s National Security Strategy lays out a strategic vision for protecting the American people and preserving our way of life, promoting our prosperity, preserving peace through strength,
and advancing American influence in the world. We will pursue this beautiful vision—a world of strong, sovereign, and independent nations, each with its own cultures and dreams, thriving side-by-side in prosperity, freedom, and peace”

President Donald J. Trump
Excerpt from 2017 National Security Strategy

About the Exercise

The National Security Policy Exercise offers a ‘hands-on’ introduction to national security policy and strategy formulation. The policy formulation is complex because it requires identifying and prioritizing U.S. interests, evaluating threats to these interests, and identifying U.S. goals and desired outcomes.

Strategy development is the process of orchestrating the instruments of national power to cart an implantable plan to achieve policy goals.

  • Assess a security challenge to U.S. national interests.
  • Determine appropriate U.S. policy to protect our interests.
  • Develop a policy consensus that considers key concerns of players from the Interagency community.
  • Consider opportunities and limitations imposed by interests and capabilities of other states, international organizations, and U.S. domestic concerns.
  • Create a strategy drawing on the instruments of national power to achieve policy goals.