Addresses the question, where is the world headed, & what are the consequences for U.S. national security (NS) policy? It offers an examn. of global trends & their consequences for U.S. interests & policies, by analyzing the critical issues in balanced ways. Because the world is becoming more dangerous, the U.S. will need to continue with an policy of engagement. The future is seen as capable of evolving toward good, or ill, or in between, & it can be influenced by the U.S. & its allies. The U.S. faces a growing challenge to its NS, which will require the nation to retain a high level of defense preparedness, & to review its strategic priorities.