When asked to make the next national security strategy Captain Wayne Porter and Col. Mark Mykleby’s response was, we don’t need another security strategy we need a national strategic narrative. Why? Here is the current narrative, created during the cold war:
“The United States is the leader of the free world against the communist world. We will invest in containing the Soviet Union and limiting its expansion while building a dynamic economy and as just, and prosperous a society as possible.”
First off, the biggest problem with this is the Soviet Union no longer exists. The second is that “containing” something is not only out of touch with today’s world it also promotes a closed system.
Their idea for a new narrative promote less military force, more social capital and more sustainable practices in energy and agriculture. Sound good to me! Here is their proposal for a new narrative:
“The United States wants to become the strongest competitor and most influential player in a deeply inter-connected global system, which requires that we invest less in defense and more in sustainable prosperity and the tools of effective global engagement.”
Not perfect, but vastly better than our current narrative.