A new national security strategy, replacing one he initiated in 2010, will be unveiled next year, President Barack Obama has informed Congress.
Let's hope the 2014 strategy works better than its predecessor.
Four key goals of the 2010 plan were to strengthen the U.S. position as a world leader, end the war in Iraq, shatter the al-Qaida terrorist organization and complete recovery of the U.S. economy.
Not one of them has been a success. The economy continues to lag, with a persistent core of unemployment. Adding to the economy's long-term instability is continued runaway federal spending.
In terms of world leadership, both Russia and China have made enormous strides - while staunch U.S. allies wonder whether they can count on Washington in the future.
While most U.S. troops have been pulled out of Iraq, thousands of Americans remain there, in jeopardy as that country seems to be spiraling downward into chaos.
And both Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress warn al-Qaida may be stronger than ever.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon warns the U.S. military is not ready for another war.
Perhaps Obama has something in mind to address all four serious problems. But if so, it will have to represent a 180-degree turn from most of the president's policies.