National security is a dynamic and multifaceted issue that requires a solid yet flexible approach. This National Security Strategy (NSS) specifies all national security interests that must be protected, as well as how these interests are currently under threat and how we can minimise these risks and threats.

The strategic cycle of the National Security Strategy – which repeats every three years – enables the Netherlands to continually protect itself against the development of threats and risks and intensifies the national security approach in a future-proof manner.

Intensified approach to risks

Current developments concerning threats and risks show that the following security issues require an intensified approach.

Continual focus on resilience

The development of the applicable threats and risks means that we must maintain our strong focus on the security issues. 

The NSS Cycle

This NSS marks the beginning of a new strategic cycle that is periodically repeated to ensure continual assessment of whether the measures to protect national security interests remain sufficiently adequate to tackle all developments with regard to threats and risks that could affect national security. The NSS specifies all national security interests that must be protected, as well as how these interests are currently under threat and how we can minimise these threats or risks.