India Intelligence Report

US Pre-emptive Military Strategy to Continue


The United States has released a National Security Strategy that advocated preemptive strikes on so-called rogue nations if diplomacy should fail to check the spread of nuclear weapons and terrorism. Seen as an updated version of a similar document released in 2002, the strategy seems to be to control the presence and spread of nuclear weapons, weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and preemption rather than deterrence that defined military strategy during the Cold War.

The report had especially harsh words for Iran. The US accuses Iran of promoting terrorism in Iraq and against Israel, illegally procuring nuclear weapons technologies, disrupting democratic processed in Iraq, and evil intentions on Israel’s existence. It warned, “Diplomatic effort must succeed if confrontation is to be avoided.” US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that Iran is the “central banker of terrorism” and demanded that country to address international concerns over nuclear program.


The US is also very critical on North Korea (NK) accusing it of nuclear proliferation, counterfeiting US currency, narcotic trafficking, threatening its neighbors, and starving its people. It demanded that NK regime change “these policies, open up its political system, and afford freedom for its people.” 

Rebuking Syria as tyrannical, the report accuses it of harboring terrorists and sponsoring terrorism.

The US also noted with concern recent tendency in Russia lowering commitment to democratic freedom and institutions.

Taking note of China’s military budget increase by 14%, Rice questioned China’s intentions on military expansion. She demanded China to be more transparent in its goals of military expansion. China’s only publishes its operational budget but hides capital expenses.