About the American Security Council Foundation
The American Security Council Foundation (ASCF) was founded in 1958, and was originally known as the Institute for American Strategy. For over 50 years the Foundation has focused on a wide range of educational programs to address critical challenges to United States foreign policy, national security, and the global economy.
Programs and Strategies
The ASCF has been credited many times with developing programs and strategies which were eventually adopted as the national security strategy for the United States. The ASCF’s “Guidelines for Cold War Victory” was praised by former President Dwight Eisenhower in a national radio address that he recorded at the ASCF's request.
In 1978 the ASCF created the “National Strategy for Peace through Strength,” and has been cited numerous times with providing the overall foreign affairs theme for the administration of former President Ronald Reagan. President Reagan personally gave the ASCF credit for this on several occasions and said America won the Cold War based upon the ASCF’s “National Strategy for Peace through Strength” doctrine.
National Security Strategy
The ASCF worked tirelessly to have the United States government publish an official National Security Strategy of the United States.This was first implemented by President Reagan in 1985, and all of his successors have been legally required to produce a similar document. The most recent National Security Strategy, published in February 2015, states: "Any successful strategy to ensure the safety of the American people and advance our national security interests must begin with an undeniable truth-- America must lead. Strong and sustained American leadership is essntial to a rules-based international order that promotes global security and prosperity as well as the dignity and human rights of all peoples."
The Mission of the American Security Council Foundation
While strategy development has always been one of the ASCF’s major endeavors, the mission of the ASCF is to promote the necessity of maintaining military, economic, and diplomatic strength. To quote President Reagan, who has been credited with ending the Cold War, “One thing is certain; if we're to continue to advance world peace and human freedom, America must remain strong. If we have learned anything these last eight years, it's that peace through strength works.”