Our New National Defense Strategy: Great Power Conflict and Arms Race

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The new National Defense Strategy announced last week moves from the ‘war on terror’ toward conflict with great powers. The move from military conflict against non-state actors, i.e. ‘terrorists’, to great power conflict means more military hardware, massive spending on weapons and a new arms race. We speak with Nicolas Davies and Mike Whitney about reasons for the change in defense strategy, the broad impacts it will have and how it will affect areas of conflict around the world.


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Relevant articles and websites:

New Defense Strategy: War with great nations and arms race by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

A National Defense Strategy of Sowing Global Chaos by Nicolas J. S. Davies

Robert Parry’s Legacy and the Future of Consortiumnews by Nat Parry

Consortium News/Nicolas Davies

Turkish Invasion Pits Neocons Against Traditional Imperialists by Mike Whitney

Counter Punch/Mike Whitney

Redacted Tonight on General Mattis’ announcement of the new National Defense Strategy



Nicolas “Sandy” Davies is the author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq. He also wrote the chapter on “Obama at War” in Grading the 44th President: a Report Card on Barack Obama’s First Term as a Progressive Leader, and he writes regularly for Consortium News.

Mike Whitney is a freelance writer living in Washington state. He writes for a variety of outlets on foreign policy and other issues.  He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (2012, AK Press).

  • Victor Madeson

    Still hacking away at symptoms? The root issue is war crimes and violation of the Nuremberg Principles. The International Tribunal plus the dozen prosecuted by General Telford Taylor were based on Nazi violation of the 1928 Pact of Paris (aka Kellogg-Briand Pact), which was also embedded in US Constitution (per Article VI). It forbids even the planning of aggressive war. The US also violated that Pact, starting with the National Security Act of 1947. They tried to divert from its intent by renaming the War Department as the Department of Defense. An approach to a solution requires placing the US under jurisdiction of an International Criminal Court. This is obviously opposed by the US war criminals. The UN could take the lead if it were properly funded but its budget (~$6 billion) is kept small because the corporate elite see the UN as a threat to their hegemony. For a discussion of such facts see book “The Internationalists” on C-Span and YouTube videos.