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Project Information

Independent Task Force on Strategies for US National Security: Winning the Peace in the 21st Century

Synopsis
Full Report (PDF 270 KB)
Readings and Discussion Agendas
Task Force Members

Project Description

The task force will examine the purpose and role of US power in ensuring its own national security while creating a stable, just, and sustainable global system in the 21st century.

Led by former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow for the Center for American Progress and Senior Advisor for the Center for Defense Information, the task force consists of about 25 members who convened for 7 half-day meetings from September 2002 through May 2003. A full-length report will follow.

The overall mission of the task force project was to address the purpose and role of US power in ensuring its own national security and in creating a stable, just, and sustainable global system in the 21st century.

The task force considered the moral, economic, political, and military role of the United States in shaping the new global security environment in special light of two recent events: the successful US military operation in Afghanistan and the Bush administration's recent release of its US National Security Strategy, which emphasizes the use of US power and includes the possibility of preemptive military strikes.

Session Schedule

Wrap-Up: Grand Strategy Alternatives
Session 7, May 21-22, 2003

Reading list (with links to articles)
Agenda and Meeting Notes

Regional Strategies (Middle East and Asia)
Session 6, May 21-22, 2003

Reading list (with links to articles)
Agenda and Meeting Notes

Counterproliferation and Hegemony Versus Cooperative Security
Session 5, May 21-22, 2003

Reading list (with links to articles)
Agenda and Meeting Notes

The "Soft" Side of Grand Strategy: Economics and Democratic Values
Session 4, March 20, 2003

Reading list (with links to articles)
Agenda and Meeting Notes

The US Grand Strategy
Session 3, January 17, 2003

Reading list (with links to articles)
Agenda and Meeting Notes

The Ins and Outs of the New Bush National Security Strategy
Session 2, November 20, 2002

Reading list (with links to articles)
Agenda and Meeting Notes

Toward a Consensus View of the Security Environment
Session 1, September 20, 2002

Reading list (with links to articles)
Agenda and Meeting Notes