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Title: Strategy Hierarchy

Action: A graphic showing the link from National Security Strategy to National Military Strategy, and from National Military Strategy to Vision Statements/Operational Concepts is built as each part is mentioned in the narration.

Voice: Like doctrine, strategy is developed at differing, but related levels. At the highest level is national security strategy. Strategy at this level is based on national security objectives and employs all instruments of national power including economic, political, and military. From the national security strategy, the national military strategy is developed to describe the use of the military instrument of power. Strategy at this level involves coordinating the development, deployment, and employment of military forces to achieve national security objectives. Since we fight as joint forces, individual service strategies are unnecessary. The services and joint staff do, however, formulate statements to describe joint and service visions and operational concepts to support the national military strategy.

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