The National Security Strategy was passed as part of a law during the Reagan Administration mandating that the president to would submit an annual strategy.
In a letter sent to the chairpersons and members of both houses of the U.S. Congress, Obama stated that he intends to release a new, comprehensive National Security Strategy in early 2014, updating his prior strategy which he released in 2010.
President Barack Obama’s security and anti-terrorism advisers had been ordered to remove terms such as “Islamic extremism” from the U.S. National Security Strategy and use the rewritten document to emphasize that the United States doesn’t view Muslim nations “through the lens of terror.”
In fact, according to an Examiner news story, a top United States counterterrorism expert, who taught a course that familiarized military officers with the U.S. war against radical Islamists was fired from a military college and had his course removed from the curriculum.
Obama noted in his letter that his new strategy will reveal his administration’s national security priorities for the remainder of his second term.
Obama stated that he will also submit a broader update on the “whole-of-government implementation plan” in an effort to promulgate his new strategy to all government agencies and personnel.
Obama also provided an implementation plan in 2012 detailing the his plan to advance the efforts described in 2010. That plan was released prior to the November 2012 election.
In President Obama’s letter to lawmakers, he stated:
“The  Strategy recognized that we faced a world in transition; that we needed to reposition the United States to shape that transition effectively to meet our interests, and that, to be effective, a whole-of-government approach was necessary.
“The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, section 1072, reinforced the importance of whole-of-government integration in this effort. In accordance with section 1072, I provided an implementation plan in September 2012 detailing our work to date to advance the whole-of-government effort.
“Accordingly, we will submit a broader update on the whole-of-government implementation plan in the spring to reflect this new Strategy.”