Primary Sources/     Secondary Sources

The policy that has guided the national security system has been redefined by each successive presidential administration and current events. Numerous think tanks, academics, foreign governments and media pundits are actively engaged in influencing the direction of national security policy.   Primary and secondary documents detailing the national security policy of the presidential administrations from the cold war era to the present day are contained in this section.

Primary Sources

Government Documents/   Corporate Documents/   Speeches/   Interviews/   Letters and Emails/  Multi-Media

Government Documents

United States Government:  Inter-agency Counterinsurgency Initiative.  “U.S. Government Counterinsurgency Guide”.  January 2009.

The White House:  George W. Bush.  “National Strategy for Combating Terrorism”.  September 2006.

The White House:  Barack Obama.  “National Security Strategy“.  May 2010.

The White House:  Barack Obama.  “National Strategy for Counterterrorism”. June 2011.

The White House:  George W. Bush.  “The National Security Strategy of the United States of America“.  March 2006.

The White House:  George W. Bush.  “The National Security Strategy of the United States of America“.  September 2002.

The White House:  Bill Clinton.  “A National Security Strategy for a Global Age“.  December 2001.

The White House:  Bill Clinton. “A National Security Strategy for a New Century”. May 1997.

The White House:  Bill Clinton.  “A National Security Strategy of Engagement and Enlargement”. July 1994

The White House:  George Bush. “The National Security Strategy of the United States”. January 1993.

The White House:  George Bush. “The National Security Strategy of the United States”.  August 1991.

The White House:  George Bush.  “The National Security Strategy of the Untied States”.  March 1990.

The White House:  Ronald Reagan. “The National Security Strategy of the United States”.  January 1988.

The White House:  Ronald Reagan.  “The National Security Strategy of the United States”.  January 1987.

The Independent Working Group on Missile Defense and the Space Relationship.  “Special Report: U.S. National Security Strategy and the New Strategic Triad”.  The Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis:  2012.

U.S. Department of State.  “U.S. National Security Strategy: A New Era.”  U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda:  An Electronic Journal of the U.S. Department of State.  Vol. 7, No. 4.  Dec. 2002.

Corporate Documents

American Planning Association.  “Policy Guide on Security”.  March 2005.


President Obama on Counterterrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy.  C-Span.  May 23, 2013.


“After the Bush Doctrine:  National Security Strategy for a New Administration”.  Conference.  Millers Center:  University of Virginia.  June 2007.

Letters and Emails

“National Strategy for Counterterrorism”.  Stratfor E-mail Communication.  June 2011.

“Jones Stepping Down as Obama’s National Security Adviser”. Stratfor E-mail Communication.  October 2010.

“Evolution of U.S. National Space Policy”. Stratfor E-mail Communication.  May 2011.

“Summary:  Obama’s Speech on National Security”. Stratfor E-mail Communication. May 2009.

“Re:  [Military] The Growing Air Power Fighter Gap:  Implications for U.S. National Security”. Stratfor E-mail Communication.  October 2012.


Secondary Sources 

Reports/   Books/   Articles/   Multi-Media/   General Resources


Whittaker, Brown, Smith and McKune.  “The National Security Policy Process:  The National Security Council and Interagency System”. Washington D.C.:  Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, US Department of Defense.  August 15, 2011.

Rabasa, Warner, Chalk, Khilko and Shukla.  “Money in the Bank: Lessons Learned from Past Counterinsurgency (COIN) Operations”.  National Defense Research Institute:  RAND.  2007.

Bronk, Christopher.  “From Tunis to Tunis: Considering the Planks of U.S. International Cyber-Policy“.  James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy:  Rice University.  May 2012.

Mockaitis, Thomas.  “Avoiding the Slippery Slope: Conducting Effective Interventions”.  Strategic Studies Institute:  US Army War College.  Carlisle Barracks, PA.  June 2013.

Project for a United and Strong America.  “Setting Priorities for American Leadership:  A New National Security Strategy for the United States”.  March 2013.

Feldbaum, Harley.  “U.S. Global Health and National Security Policy”.  CSIS Global Health Policy Center:  Center for Strategic and International Studies.  April 2009.

Mr. Y.  “A National Strategic Narrative“. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars:  2011.

American Security Project. “A New American Arsenal”.  Washington D.C.:  2008.

Drew, Dennis and Snow, Donald.  “Making Strategy:  An Introduction to National Security Processes and Problems.”  AirUniversity Press:  Maxwell Airforce Base, Alabama.  August 1988.

DeCanio, Stephen.  “Climate Policy and National Security.”  Economics for Equity and & Environment:  University of California Santa Barbara.  April 2009.

Wipfli, Ralph and Metz, Steven.  “COIN of the Realm:  US Counterinsurgency Strategy”.  Colloquium Brief:  Strategic Studies Institute.

Pizutto, Michael.  “Alter-Messaging:  The Credible, Sustainable Counterterrorism Strategy”.  Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation.  May 2013.

Santamato, Stefano.  “The New NATO Policy Guidelines on Counterterrorism:  Analysis, Assessments, and Actions”.  Strategic Perspectives 13:  Institute for National Strategic Studies.  National Defense University Press:  Washington D.C. February 2013.

Adams, Nick, Nordhaus, Ted and Shellenberger, Michael.  “Counterterrorism Since 9/11:  Evaluating the Efficacy of Controversial Tactics”.  The Science of Security:  The Breakthrough Institute.  2011.


Cox, Dan and Bruscino, Thomas.  “Population-Centric Counterinsurgency:  A False Idol?”  US Army Combined Arms Center:  Combat Studies Institute Press.  Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. 2011.

Sarkesian, Sam, Williams, John and Cimbala, Stephen.  US National Security: Policymakers, Processes, and Politics.  Lynne Reiner Publishers.  2007.

Bacevich, Andrew.  The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy Since World War II.  Columbia University Press. 2009.

Chapman, Albert. Researching National Security and Intelligence Policy.  CQ Press. 2004.

Davis, Robert.  U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security: Chronology and Index for the 20th Century.  Praeger.  2010.

Viotti, Paul.  American Foreign Policy and National Security.  Pearson.  2004.

Harrison, Ross.  Strategic Thinking in 3D: A Guide for National Security, Foreign Policy, and Business Professionals.  Pottomac Books.  May 2013.


Roper, Daniel.  “Global Counterinsurgency: Strategic Clarity for the Long War“.  Parameters:  Autumn 2008.

Soures, Sidney.  “Policy Formulation for National Security”.  The American Political Science Review, Volume 43, Issue 3.  June 1949.

Schaffer, Douglas.  “The (New?) National Security Strategy”.  National Security Watch:  Institute of Land Warfare Association of the US Army.  July 2010.


General Resources

The National Security Strategy Archive.  The National Security Report.

United States Institute for Peace:  U.S. National Security and Foreign Policy Web Links.

The Evolution of American National Security Policy