U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today said President Obama and Secretary of Defense Panetta unveiled new strategic guidance that reflects US 21st century defense needs and secures America’s leadership for the future.
She stated that the Defense Department and State Department continue to work side-by-side to bring the full range of American assets to bear on US foreign policy.
“As the new strategy notes, meeting our challenges cannot be the work of our military alone. Diplomacy and development are equal partners with defense in our smart power approach to promoting American interests and values abroad, building up our economic prosperity, and protecting our national security.” -Ms. Clinton
She stressed that the new guidance is a critical element in U.S. integrated approach to strengthening American leadership in a changing world. She said it enhances the capabilities and relationships it needs to lead and meet our responsibilities for years to come. She added that the new guidance promotes American strategic priorities, including sustaining a global presence while strengthening U.S. focus on the Asia-Pacific region; deterring U.S. adversaries and fulfilling U.S. security commitments; investing in critical alliances and partnerships, including NATO; combating violent extremists and defending human dignity around the world; and preserving America’s ability to respond quickly to emerging threats.
“As we move forward with this strategy, we will continue to consult our allies and partners to address our shared concerns, seize new opportunities, and bolster global stability.” -Ms. Clinton
She stressed she looks forward to continuing the close partnership between the Departments of State and Defense as they work together to realize President Obama’s vision for the security of the United States and its people.