Strategic Focus Areas

Strategic Focus Areas

The ACNSL promotes “Whole of Government” solutions to critical national security issues. Our multi-faceted approach to these issues is outlined below through our primary areas of focus.


We believe that, after eighteen years, it is time for a military withdrawal from Afghanistan. As the U.S. seeks to ensure a stable and secure end state in Afghanistan, diplomacy should be at the forefront of our efforts.


We believe that a comprehensive, whole-of-government approach to Iran is critical. Without diplomacy, the US risks stumbling into a military-first approach.

North Korea

ACNSL leaders support the continued dialogue with North Korea and believe it is the best option to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.


Arms Control

The ACNSL has taken on this new issue area to raise awareness for the importance of arms control. Our goal is to promote diplomacy with Russia as an essential aspect of strategic stability.

Diplomatic Readiness

We strongly believe that American national interests are undermined when we compromise Foreign Service readiness and fail to fully staff our embassies.

American Values

American values constitute the cornerstone of our Democracy, and we must act to protect the existing mores and laws that hold the union together. .

Partnerships with Allies

In an age of heightened global tension, bilateral and multilateral alliances are critical to ensuring U.S. security. The ACNSL firmly believes that we must remain a leader in international cooperation through agreements like NATO to maintain functional and strategic interoperability.

Environmental Impacts

Climate factors act to destabilize communities and bring about mass migration, which in turn affects our national security. The U.S. needs to take action to mitigate the impact of severe weather conditions on the capabilities of military installations.