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LeCuyer: The QDDR must be a part of a larger strategy that integrates all our capabilities

December 13, 2010

The issue is not the dichotomy between “hard” or “kinetic” and “soft power.” Both have their utility in a variety of situations. The issue is how the two are integrated in a true interagency effort to marshall all of the elements of our national power in the broadened definition of national security as articulated in the president’s national security strategy. Soft power is much more than diplomacy and development — it extends to law enforcement, economic and financial issues, the environment and much more. While the QDDR is a most welcome first step in thinking about State Department equities and their role in our national security, it must be integrated into the larger context of the president’s national security strategy and how we integrate all of the instruments of national power (and departmental capabilities) to achieve our national security objectives and maintain U.S. leadership in the complex global security environment of the 21st century.

– Jack LeCuyer, Distinguished Fellow

This is from a series of posts by our staff in response to this question: What role should soft power play in 21st century national security?

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