WASHINGTON (Agencies) - The US military issued its first new statement of strategy in seven years, moving beyond a focus on the war in Afghanistan to address the rise of China and other strategic challenges. The 2011 national military strategy by the Joint Chiefs of Staff reaffirmed US commitment to fighting violent extremism with allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan but said the military must broaden its horizons to address developing threats elsewhere. While we continue to refine how we counter violent extremism and deter aggression, this strategy also rightly emphasizes that our military power is most effective when employed in concert with other elements of power, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote in his Chairmans Corner blog. The strategy is a broad statement on how the military intends to use its forces and prioritise aid and training to help achieve US security goals. The new military plan vows to expand security cooperation with Pakistan and enable it to defeat al-Qaeda and its extremist allies operating in the region. We will continue to erode Taliban influence, work with the Afghan government to facilitate reintegration and reconciliation of former insurgents, continue to strengthen the capacity of Afghan security forces, and enable Pakistan to ultimately defeat al-Qaeda and its extremist allies, says the document. Military officials say a whole-of-nation approach involving not only security forces but diplomacy and nongovernmental organisations will be necessary to address many future security challenges. This whole-of-nation approach to foreign policy, with civilian leadership appropriately at the helm, will be essential as we address the complex security challenges before us, Mullen said. While the last national military strategy, produced in 2004, called for the military to protect the United States, prevent surprise attacks and prevail against adversaries, the current document goes beyond that. In addition to countering violent extremism and deterring aggression, the 2011 strategy seeks to strengthen global security through regional and international partnerships and aims to reshape the military force to meet future challenges. We focus more toward the future and strengthening global and regional stability and shaping the future force, a senior military officer said on condition of anonymity. The national military strategy addresses in broad general terms how the military forces will be used. By law it must be reviewed every two years, but it is not necessarily revised unless changes are needed. The senior military officer said the security environment facing the United States had changed substantially in seven years since the 2004 strategy was issued. The United States faces a broad range of challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, from the rise of India and China, to North Koreas nuclear programme, the shifting global economic balance and a fierce competition for natural resources, he said.