The panel, led by National Security Advisor to President Bush Stephen Hadley and Secretary of Defense to President Clinton William Perry, reviewed the report with the aim of assessing America’s long-term threats and making recommendations to better prepare the U.S. military to meet those challenges. Looking forward twenty years, they found that most of the primary threats facing the United States will require much more coordinated, multi-actor responses which they call the “Comprehensive Approach.” They argue that America must lead international institutions and draw on the strengths of all U.S. government agencies, private and non-profit partners, and other governments to achieve national security in the future.
The report makes numerous recommendations to help the U.S. government achieve the Comprehensive Approach. Among them they suggest:
The many recommendations point to the great need for strong, capable civilian agencies that have the authorities and the personnel to act quickly and effectively. As threats shift and security becomes more complex, the United States must be able to rely on all of its strengths- military and civilian- and ensure that government and non-governmental partners are prepared to clarify their own missions and work together in more coordinated, integrated ways than ever before.