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Chapter Four: Further Explanations (Part 02)


Published June 3, 2020

McMaster continues the discussion on strategic competency and answers frequently asked questions about America’s national security. What are the consequences of making empty threats? How can we execute a sustained strategy? Is the military under- or overused?

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Discussion Questions

  1. What is the impact of climate change on national security?
  2. How do nations perceive one another’s interests, goals, intentions, and capabilities?

Additional Resources

  •  In “H. R. McMaster: Battlegrounds—Competitions That Will Determine American Security, Prosperity, and Influence in a New Era,” H. R. McMaster discusses how to restore America’s strategic competence. Available here.
  • Read “Competence and Confidence” by H. R. McMaster. Available here.