For many years, the objective of the National Strategy Forum (NSF) has been to provide balanced, nonpartisan, usable information regarding US national strategy and national security. The NSF created an informal "curriculum" based on the Forum monthly lecture series, the National Strategy Forum Review (NSFR) publication, and conferences on emerging national strategy/security issues. The results have been positive -- NSF members are exceptionally well-informed.
The velocity, access, and availability of an enormous amount of information tend to overwhelm careful analysis. Particularly troublesome are some blogs, which are unedited and unscreened, and, frequently, highly partisan. Confusing, inconsistent, misleading and incomplete information interferes with rational analysis. The NSF has adapted to this new milieu.
We seek to provide NSF members with an overview of the national strategy/national security field in summary form, while carefully avoiding superficial treatment. We will continue to adhere to our long-standing principle of "framing the issues," and asking questions rather than answering them. Context will be provided by a wide array of experts in their respective fields.
The major themes that the NSF has focused on are diplomacy, economics, military force, rule of law, strategy, and terrorism. These themes will continue with different emphasis depending upon facts on the ground. It is likely that the economy will receive high priority attention. Strategy will continue to be the glue that ties these interdependent themes together.
NSF members will have a matrix of themes and issues that will assist them in becoming well-informed and well-positioned to discuss these issues with their family, friends, business associates, and civic associates.
- Richard E. Friedman, Publisher