A national security strategy is the “nation’s plan for the coordinated use of all the instruments of state power—nonmilitary as well as military—to pursue objectives that defend and advance its national interest.” Perhaps the most straightforward national security objective is to protect the country from foreign invasion, but national security involves other objectives that aim to protect people in the United States as well as their values. For example, protecting U.S. elections from foreign interference is a security objective that advances the nation’s interest in democratic governance. The outbreak of a highly contagious disease like COVID‑19 strikes at the core of national security and the nation’s interest in protecting its citizens from unnecessary harm.
Rep. Eric M. Swalwell & R. Kyle Alagood, Biological Threats Are National Security Risks: Why COVID-19 Should Be a Wake up Call for Policy Makers, 77 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 217 (2021), https://scholarlycommons.law.wlu.edu/wlulr-online/vol77/iss2/1