My presentation, "Temporality & National Identity: American Claims on the Global Future," examines the role the future plays in construals of American national identity. I posit that throughout its history, politicians and pundits have insisted that America bears a special relationship to the future and argue that this claim on the future undergirds the nation’s identity, particularly its assertion of exceptionalism: the idea that America is the exemplary nation. Specifically, I argue that the discourse of exceptionalism embeds the claim that America is the exemplar of the future and, as such, has a special right to shape the geopolitical future. I demonstrate my argument through a critical analysis of Cold War discourse, specifically the papers of the Committee on the Present Danger which reignited a Cold War posture between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1970s and early 1980s. My overriding goal is to provide insight into the means by which the future—as a discursive construct, rhetorical resource, and conceptual space—has figured in America’s conception of its place and purpose in the world.