A NATIONAL STRATEGIC NARRATIVE
    By Mr. Y

    This Strategic Narrative is intended to frame our National policy decisions regarding
    investment,security, economic development, the environment, and engagement well into
    this century. It is built upon the premise that we must sustain our enduring national interests
    – prosperity and security – within a “strategic ecosystem,” at home and abroad; that in
    complexity and uncertainty, there are opportunities and hope, as well as challenges, risk,
    and threat. The primary approach this Strategic Narrative advocates to achieve sustainable
    prosperity and security, is through the application of credible influence and strength, the
    pursuit of fair competition, acknowledgement of interdependencies and converging
    interests, and adaptation to complex, dynamic systems – all bounded by our national
    values.
    From Containment to Sustainment: Control to Credible Influence.

    For those who believe that hope is not a strategy, America must seem a strange
    contradiction of anachronistic values and enduring interests amidst a constantly changing
    global environment. America is a country conceived in liberty, founded on hope, and built
    upon the notion that anything is possible with enough hard work and imagination. Over time
    we have continued to learn and mature even as we strive to remain true to those values
    our founding fathers set forth in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.
    America’s national strategy in the second half of the last century was anchored in the belief
    that our global environment is a closed system to be controlled by mankind – through
    technology, power, and determination – to achieve security and prosperity. From that
    perspective, anything that challenged our national interests was perceived as a threat or a
    risk to be managed. For forty years our nation prospered and was kept secure through a
    strategy of containment. That strategy relied on control, deterrence, and the conviction that
    given the choice, people the world over share our vision for a better tomorrow. America
    emerged from the Twentieth Century as the most powerful nation on earth. But we failed to
    recognize that dominance, like fossil fuel, is not a sustainable source of energy. The new
    century brought with it a reminder that the world, in fact, is a complex, open system –
    constantly changing. And change brings with it uncertainty.

    What we really failed to recognize, is that in uncertainty and change, there is opportunity
    and hope.  It is time for America to re-focus our national interests and principles through a
    long lens on the global environment of tomorrow. It is time to move beyond a strategy of
    containment to a strategy of sustainment (sustainability); from an emphasis on power and
    control to an emphasis on strength and influence; from a defensive posture of exclusion, to
    a proactive posture of engagement. We must recognize that security means more than
    defense, and sustaining security requires adaptation and evolution, the leverage of
    converging interests and interdependencies.

    To grow we must accept that competitors are not necessarily adversaries, and that a
    winner does not demand a loser. We must regain our credibility as a leader among peers, a
    beacon of hope, rather than an island fortress. It is only by balancing our interests with our
    principles that we can truly hope to sustain our growth as a nation and to restore our
    credibility as a world leader.

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    As we focus on the opportunities within our strategic environment, however, we must also
    address risk and threat. It is important to recognize that developing credible influence to
    pursue our enduring national interests in a sustainable manner requires strength with
    restraint, power with patience, deterrence with detente. The economic, diplomatic,
    educational, military, and commercial tools through which we foster that credibility must
    always be tempered and hardened by the values that define us as a people.
    Our Values and Enduring National Interests America was founded on the core values and
    principles enshrined in our Constitution and proven through war and peace. These values
    have served as both our anchor and our compass, at home and abroad, for more than two
    centuries.

    Our values define our national character, and they are our source of credibility and
    legitimacy in everything we do. Our values provide the bounds within which we pursue our
    enduring national interests. When these values are no longer sustainable, we have failed
    as a nation, because without our values, America has no credibility.

    As we continue to evolve, these values are reflected in a wider global application: tolerance
    for all cultures, races, and religions; global opportunity for self-fulfillment; human dignity and
    freedom from exploitation; justice with compassion and equality under internationally
    recognized rule of law; sovereignty without tyranny, with assured freedom of expression;
    and an environment for entrepreneurial freedom and global prosperity, with access to
    markets, plentiful water and arable soil, clean and abundant energy, and adequate health
    services.

    From the earliest days of the Republic, America has depended on a vibrant free market
    and an indomitable entrepreneurial spirit to be the engines of our prosperity. Our strength
    as a world leader is largely derived from the central role we play in the global economy.

    Since the Bretton Woods agreement of 1944, the United States has been viewed as an
    anchor of global economic security and the U.S. dollar has served as an internationally
    recognized medium of exchange, the monetary standard. The American economy is the
    strongest in the world and likely to remain so well into the foreseeable future. Yet, while the
    dramatic acceleration of globalization over the last fifteen years has provided for the
    cultural, intellectual and social comingling among people on every continent, of every race,
    and of every ideology, it has also increased international economic interdependence and
    has made a narrowly domestic economic perspective an unattractive impossibility. Without
    growth and competition economies stagnate and wither, so sustaining America’s prosperity
    requires a healthy global economy. Prosperity at home and through global economic
    competition and development is then, one of America’s enduring national interests.

    It follows logically that prosperity without security is unsustainable. Security is a state of
    mind, as much as it is a physical aspect of our environment. For Americans, security is very
    closely related to freedom, because security represents freedom from anxiety and external
    threat, freedom from disease and poverty, freedom from tyranny and oppression, freedom
    of expression but also freedom from hurtful ideologies, prejudice and violations of human
    rights. Security cannot be safeguarded by borders or natural barriers; freedom cannot be
    secured with locks or by force alone. In our complex, interdependent, and constantly
    changing global environment
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    security is not achievable for one nation or by one people alone; rather it must be
    recognized as a common interest among all peoples. Otherwise, security is not sustainable,
    and without it there can be no peace of mind. Security, then, is our other enduring national
    interest.

    Our Three Investment Priorities

    As Americans we have access to a vast array of resources. Perhaps the most important
    first step we can take, as part of a National Strategy, is to identify which of these resources
    are renewable and sustainable, and which are finite and diminishing. Without doubt, our
    greatest resource is America’s young people, who will shape and execute the vision
    needed to take this nation forward into an uncertain future. But this may require a
    reawakening, of sorts.

    Perhaps because our nation has been so blessed over time, many of us have forgotten
    that rewards must be earned, there is no “free ride” – that fair competition and hard work
    bring with them a true sense of accomplishment. We can no longer expect the ingenuity
    and labor of past generations to sustain our growth as a nation for generations to come.
    We must embrace the reality that with opportunity comes challenge, and that retooling our
    competitiveness requires a commitment and investment in the future.

    Inherent in our children is the innovation, drive, and imagination that have made, and will
    continue to make, this country great. By investing energy, talent, and dollars now in the
    education and training of young Americans – the scientists, statesmen, industrialists,
    farmers, inventors, educators, clergy, artists, service members, and parents, of tomorrow –
    we are truly investing in our ability to successfully compete in, and influence, the strategic
    environment of the future. Our first investment priority, then, is intellectual capital and a
    sustainable infrastructure of education, health and social services to provide for the
    continuing development and growth of America’s youth.

    Our second investment priority is ensuring the nation’s sustainable security – on our own
    soil and wherever Americans and their interests take them. As has been stated already,
    Americans view security in the broader context of freedom and peace of mind. Rather than
    focusing primarily on defense, the security we seek can only be sustained through a whole
    of nation approach to our domestic and foreign policies. This requires a different approach
    to problem solving than we have pursued previously and a hard look at the distribution of
    our national treasure. For too long, we have underutilized sectors of our government and
    our citizenry writ large, focusing intensely on defense and protectionism rather than on
    development and diplomacy. This has been true in our approach to domestic and foreign
    trade, agriculture and energy, science and technology, immigration and education, public
    health and crisis response, Homeland Security and military force posture. Security touches
    each of these and must be addressed by leveraging all the strengths of our nation, not
    simply those intended to keep perceived threat a safe arm’s length away.

    America is a resplendent, plentiful and fertile land, rich with natural resources, bounded by
    vast ocean spaces. Together these gifts are ours to be enjoyed for their majesty, cultivated
    and harvested for their abundance, and preserved for following generations. Many of these
    resources are renewable, some are not. But all must be respected as part of a global
    ecosystem
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    that is being tasked to support a world population projected to reach nine billion peoples
    midway through this century. These resources range from crops, livestock, and potable
    water to sources of energy and materials for industry. Our third investment priority is to
    develop a plan for the sustainable access to, cultivation and use of, the natural resources
    we need for our continued wellbeing, prosperity and economic growth in the world
    marketplace.

    Fair Competition and Deterrence

    Competition is a powerful, and often misunderstood, concept. Fair competition – of ideas
    and enterprises, among individuals, organizations, and nations – is what has driven
    Americans to achieve greatness across the spectrum of human endeavor. And yet with
    globalization, we seem to have developed a strange apprehension about the efficacy of our
    ability to apply the innovation and hard work necessary to successfully compete in a
    complex security and economic environment. Further, we have misunderstood
    interdependence as a weakness rather than  recognizing it as a strength. The key to
    sustaining our competitive edge, at home or on the world stage, is credibility – and
    credibility is a difficult capital to foster. It cannot be won through intimidation and threat, it
    cannot be sustained through protectionism or exclusion. Credibility requires engagement,
    strength, and reliability – imaginatively applied through the national tools of development,
    diplomacy, and defense.

    In many ways, deterrence is closely linked to competition. Like competition, deterrence in
    the truest sense is built upon strength and credibility and cannot be achieved solely through
    intimidation and threat. For deterrence to be effective, it must leverage converging
    interests and interdependencies, while differentiating and addressing diverging and
    conflicting interests that represent potential threats. Like competition, deterrence requires a
    whole of nation effort, credible influence supported by actions that are consistent with our
    national interests and values.  When fair competition and positive influence through
    engagement – largely dependent on the tools of development and diplomacy – fail to
    dissuade the threat of destructive behavior, we will approach deterrence through a broad,
    interdisciplinary effort that combines development and diplomacy with defense.

    A Strategic Ecology

    Rather than focusing all our attention on specific threats, risks, nations, or organizations,
    as we have in the past, let us evaluate the trends that will shape tomorrow’s strategic
    ecology, and seek opportunities to credibly influence these to our advantage. Among the
    trends that are already shaping a “new normal” in our strategic environment are the decline
    of rural economies, joblessness, the dramatic increase in urbanization, an increasing
    demand for energy, migration of populations and shifting demographics, the rise of grey
    and black markets, the phenomenon of extremism and anti-modernism, the effects of global
    climate change, the spread of pandemics and lack of access to adequate health services,
    and an increasing dependency on cyber networks.

    At first glance, these trends are cause for concern. But for Americans with vision, guided by
    values, they represent opportunities to reestablish and leverage credible influence,
    converging interests, and interdependencies that can transform despair into hope. This
    focus on improving
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    our strategic ecosystem, and favorably competing for our national interests, underscores
    the investment priorities cited earlier, and the imaginative application of diplomacy,
    development, and defense in our foreign policy.

    Many of the trends affecting our environment are conditions-based. That is, they have
    developed within a complex system as the result of conditions left unchecked for many
    years. These global trends, whether manifesting themselves in Africa, the Middle East,
    Asia, Eurasia, or within our own hemisphere impact the lives of Americans in ways that are
    often obscure as they propagate over vast areas with cascading and sometimes
    catastrophic effect.

    Illiteracy, for example, is common in countries with high birth rates. High birth rates and
    illiteracy contribute to large labor pools and joblessness, particularly in rural areas in which
    changing weather conditions have resulted in desertification and soil erosion. This has led
    to the disruption of family and tribal support structures and the movement of large numbers
    of young, unskilled people into urban areas that lack infrastructure. This rapid urbanization
    has taxed countries with weak governance that lack rule of law, permitting the further
    growth of exploitive, grey and black market activities. Criminal networks prey upon and
    contribute to the disenfranchisement of a sizeable portion of the population in many
    underdeveloped nations.

    This concentration of disenfranchised youth, with little-to-no licit support infrastructure has
    provided a recruiting pool for extremists seeking political support and soldiers for local or
    foreign causes, often facilitated through the internet. The wars and instability perpetrated by
    these extremists and their armies of the disenfranchised have resulted in the displacement
    of many thousands more, and the further weakening of governance. This displacement
    has, in many cases, produced massive migrations of disparate families, tribes, and cultures
    seeking a more sustainable existence. This migration has further exacerbated the
    exploitation of the weak by criminal and ideological profiteers and has facilitated the spread
    of diseases across natural barriers previously considered secure. The effect has been to
    create a kind of subculture of despair and hopelessness that is self-perpetuating.

    At some point, these underlying conditions must be addressed by offering choices and
    options that will nudge global trends in a positive direction. America’s national interests and
    values are not sustainable otherwise.

    We cannot isolate our own prosperity and security from the global system. Even in a land
    as rich as ours, we too, have seen the gradual breakdown of rural communities and the
    rapid expansion of our cities. We have experienced migration, crime, and domestic
    terrorism. We struggle with joblessness and despite a low rate of illiteracy, we are losing
    our traditional role of innovation dominance in leading edge technologies and the sciences.
    We are, in the truest sense, part of an interdependent strategic ecosystem, and our
    interests converge with those of people in virtually every corner of the world. We must
    remain cognizant of this, and reconcile our domestic and foreign policies as being
    complementary and largely congruent.

    As we pursue the growth of our own prosperity and security, the welfare of our citizens must
    be seen as part of a highly dynamic, and interconnected system that includes sovereign
    nations, world markets, natural and man-generated challenges and solutions – a system
    that demands adaptability and innovation. In this strategic environment, it is competition
    that will determine how we evolve, and Americans must have the tools and confidence
    required to successfully compete.
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    This begins at home with quality health care and education, with a vital economy and low
    rates of unemployment, with thriving urban centers and carefully planned rural
    communities, with low crime, and a sense of common purpose underwritten by personal
    responsibility. We often hear the term “smart power” applied to the tools of development
    and diplomacy abroad empowering people all over the world to improve their own lives and
    to help establish the stability needed to sustain security and prosperity on a global scale.
    But we can not export “smart power” until we practice “smart growth” at home. We must
    seize the opportunity to be a model of stability, a model of the values we cherish for the rest
    of the world to emulate. And we must ensure that our domestic policies are aligned with our
    foreign policies.

    Our own “smart growth” can serve as the exportable model of “smart power.” Because,
    truthfully, it is in our interest to see the rest of the world prosper and the world market
    thrive, just as it is in our interest to see our neighbors prosper and our own urban centers
    and rural communities come back to life.

    Closing the “Say-do” Gap - the Negative Aspects of “Binning

    An important step toward re-establishing credible influence and applying it effectively is to
    close the “say-do” gap. This begins by avoiding the very western tendency to label or “bin”
    individuals, groups, organizations, and ideas. In complex systems, adaptation and variation
    demonstrate that “binning” is not only difficult, it often leads to unintended consequences.
    For example, labeling, or binning, Islamist radicals as “terrorists,” or worse, as “jihadis,” has
    resulted in two very different, and unfortunate unintended misperceptions: that all Muslims
    are thought of as “terrorists;” and, that those who pervert Islam into a hateful, anti-
    modernist ideology to justify unspeakable acts of violence are truly motivated by a religious
    struggle (the definition of “jihad,” and the obligation of all Muslims), rather than being seen
    as apostates waging war against society and innocents. This has resulted in the alienation
    of vast elements of the global Muslim community and has only frustrated efforts to
    accurately depict and marginalize extremism.

    Binning and labeling are legacies of a strategy intent on viewing the world as a
    closed system.

    Another significant unintended consequence of binning, is that it creates divisions within our
    own government and between our own domestic and foreign policies. As has been noted,
    we cannot isolate our own prosperity and security from the global system. We exist within a
    strategic ecology, and our interests converge with those of people in virtually every corner
    of the world. We must remain cognizant of this, and reconcile our domestic and foreign
    policies as being complementary and largely congruent. Yet we have binned government
    departments, agencies, laws, authorities, and programs into lanes that lack the strategic
    flexibility and dynamism to effectively adapt to the global environment. This, in turn, further
    erodes our credibility, diminishes our influence, inhibits our competitive edge, and
    exacerbates the say-do gap.

    The tools to be employed in pursuit of our national interests – development, diplomacy, and
    defense – cannot be effective if they are restricted to one government department or
    another.  In fact, if these tools are not employed within the context of a coherent national
    strategy, vice being narrowly applied in isolation to individual countries or regions, they will
    fail to achieve a sustainable result. By recognizing the advantages of interdependence and
    converging interests,
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    domestically and internationally, we gain the strategic flexibility to sustain our national
    interests without compromising our values. The tools of development do not exist within the
    domain of one government department alone, or even one sector of society, anymore than
    do the tools of diplomacy or defense.

    Another form of binning that impedes strategic flexibility, interdependence, and converging
    interests in the global system, is a geo-centric approach to foreign policy. Perhaps since the
    Peace of Westphalia in 1648, westerners have tended to view the world as consisting of
    sovereign nation-states clearly distinguishable by their political borders and physical
    boundaries.

    In the latter half of the Twentieth Century a new awareness of internationalism began to
    dominate political thought. This notion of communities of nations and regions was further
    broadened by globalization. But the borderless nature of the internet, and the
    accompanying proliferation of stateless organizations and ideologies, has brought with it a
    new appreciation for the interconnectivity of today’s strategic ecosystem. In this “new world
    order,” converging interests create interdependencies. Our former notion of competition as
    a zero sum game that allowed for one winner and many losers, seems as inadequate today
    as Newton’s Laws of Motion (written about the same time as the Westphalia Peace) did to
    Albert Einstein and quantum physicists in the early Twentieth Century. It is time to move
    beyond a narrow Westphalian vision of the world, and to recognize the opportunities in
    globalization.

    Such an approach doesn’t advocate the relinquishment of sovereignty as it is understood
    within a Westphalian construct. Indeed, sovereignty without tyranny is a fundamental
    American value. Neither does the recognition of a more comprehensive perspective place
    the interests of American citizens behind, or even on par with those of any other country on
    earth. It is the popular convergence of interests among peoples, nations, cultures, and
    movements that will determine the sustainability of prosperity and security in this century.
    And it is credible influence, based on values and strength that will ensure America’s
    continuing role as a world leader. Security and prosperity are not sustainable in isolation
    from the rest of the global system. To close the say-do gap, we must stop behaving as if
    our national interests can be pursued without regard for our values.

    Credible Influence in a Strategic Ecosystem

    Viewed in the context of a strategic ecosystem, the global trends and conditions cited
    earlier are seen to be borderless. The application of credible influence to further our
    national interests, then, should be less about sovereign borders and geographic regions
    than the means and scope of its conveyance. By addressing the trends themselves, we will
    attract others in our environment also affected. These converging interests will create
    opportunities for both competition and interdependence, opportunities to positively shape
    these trends to mutual advantage. Whether this involves out-competing the grey and black
    market, funding research to develop alternate and sustainable sources of energy, adapting
    farming for low-water-level environments, anticipating and limiting the effects of pandemics,
    generating viable economies to relieve urbanization and migration, marginalizing extremism
    and demonstrating the futility of anti-modernism, or better managing the global information
    grid – international divisions among people will be less the focus than flexible and
    imaginative cooperation. Isolation – whether within national borders,
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    physical boundaries, ideologies, or cyberspace – will prove to be a great disadvantage for
    any competitor in the evolution of the system.

    The advent of the internet and world wide web, that ushered in the information age and
    greatly accelerated globalization, brought with it profound second and third order effects the
    implications of which have yet to be fully recognized or understood. These effects include
    the near-instantaneous and anonymous exchange of ideas and ideologies; the sharing and
    manipulation of previously protected and sophisticated technologies; vast and transparent
    social networking that has homogenized cultures, castes, and classes; the creation of
    complex virtual worlds; and, a universal dependence on the global grid from every sector of
    society that has become almost existential. The worldwide web has also facilitated the
    spread of hateful and manipulative propaganda and extremism; the theft of intellectual
    property and sensitive information; predatory behavior and the exploitation of innocence;
    and the dangerous and destructive prospect of cyber warfare waged from the shadows of
    non-attribution and deception.

    Whether this revolution in communication and access to information is viewed as the
    democratization of ideas, or as the technological catalyst of an apocalypse, nothing has so
    significantly impacted our lives in the last one hundred years. Our perceptions of self,
    society, religion, and life itself have been challenged. But cyberspace is yet another
    dimension within the strategic ecosystem, offering opportunity through complex
    interdependence. Here, too, we must invest the resources and develop the capabilities
    necessary to sustain our prosperity and security without sacrificing our values.

    Opportunities beyond Threat and Risk

    As was stated earlier, while this Strategic Narrative advocates a focus on the opportunities
    inherent in a complex global system, it does not pretend that greed, corruption, ancient
    hatreds and new born apprehensions won’t manifest into very real risks that could threaten
    our national interests and test our values. Americans must recognize this as an inevitable
    part of the strategic environment and continue to maintain the means to minimize, deter, or
    defeat these diverging or conflicting interests that threaten our security. This calls for a
    robust, technologically superior, and agile military – equally capable of responding to low-
    end, irregular conflicts and to major conventional contingency operations. But it also
    requires a strong and unshakable economy, a more diverse and deployable Inter Agency,
    and perhaps most importantly a well-informed and supportive citizenry. As has also been
    cited, security means far more than defense, and strength denotes more than power. We
    must remain committed to a whole of nation application of the tools of competition and
    deterrence: development, diplomacy, and defense.

    Our ability to look beyond risk and threat – to accept them as realities within a strategic
    ecology – and to focus on opportunities and converging interests will determine our
    success in pursuing our national interests in a sustainable manner while maintaining our
    national values. This requires the projection of credible influence and strength, as well as
    confidence in our capabilities as a nation.  As we look ahead, we will need to determine
    what those capabilities should include.

    As Americans, our ability to remain relevant as a world leader, to evolve as a nation,
    depends as it always has on our determination to pursue our national interests within the
    constraints of our core values. We must embrace and respect diversity and encourage the
    exchange of ideas,
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    welcoming as our own those who share our values and seek an opportunity to contribute to
    our nation. Innovation, imagination, and hard work must be applied through a national unity
    of effort that recognizes our place in the global system. We must accept that to be great
    requires competition and to remain great requires adaptability, that competition need not
    demand a single winner, and that through converging interests we should seek
    interdependencies that can help sustain our interests in the global strategic ecosystem. To
    achieve this we will need the tools of development, diplomacy and defense – employed with
    agility through an integrated whole of nation approach. This will require the prioritization of
    our investments in intellectual capital and a sustainable infrastructure of education, health
    and social services to provide for the continuing development and growth of America’s
    youth; investment in the nation’s sustainable security – on our own soil and wherever
    Americans and their interests take them, including space and cyberspace; and investment
    in sustainable access to, cultivation and use of, the natural resources we need for our
    continued wellbeing, prosperity and economic growth in the world marketplace.

    Only by developing internal strength through smart growth at home and smart power
    abroad, applied with strategic agility, can we muster the credible influence needed to
    remain a world leader.

    A National Prosperity and Security Act

    Having emerged from the Second World War with the strongest economy, most powerful
    military, and arguably the most stable model of democracy, President Truman sought to
    better align America’s security apparatus to face the challenges of the post-war era. He did
    this through the National Security Act of 1947 (NSA 47). Three years later, with the rise of
    Chinese communism and the first Russian test of a nuclear device, he ordered his National
    Security Council to consider the means with which America could confront the global
    spread of communism. In 1950, President Truman signed into law National Security Council
    finding
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    (NSC 68). Often called the “blueprint” for America’s Cold War strategy of containment, NSC
    68 leveraged not only the National Security structures provided by NSA 47, but
    recommended funding and authorization for a Department of Defense-led strategy of
    containment, with other agencies and departments of the Federal government working in
    supporting roles. NSA 47 and NSC 68 provided the architecture, authorities and necessary
    resources required for a specific time in our nation’s progress.

    Today, we find ourselves in a very different strategic environment than that of the last half
    of the Twentieth Century. The challenges and opportunities facing us are far more
    complex, multinodal, and interconnected than we could have imagined in 1950. Rather than
    narrowly focus on near term risk and solutions for today’s strategic environment, we must
    recognize the need to take a longer view, a generational view, for the sustainability of our
    nation’s security and prosperity. Innovation, flexibility, and resilience are critical
    characteristics to be cultivated if we are to maintain our competitive edge and leadership
    role in this century. To accomplish this, we must take a hard look at our interagency
    structures, authorities, and funding proportionalities.

    We must seek more flexibility in public / private partnerships and more fungibility across
    departments. We must provide the means for the functional application of development,
    diplomacy, and defense rather than continuing to organizationally constrain these tools. We
    need to pursue our priorities of education, security, and access to natural resources by
    adopting
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    sustainability as an organizing concept for a national strategy. This will require fundamental
    changes in policy, law, and organization. What this calls for is a National Prosperity and
    Security Act, the modern day equivalent of the National Security Act of 1947. This National
    Prosperity and Security Act would: integrate policy across agencies and departments of the
    Federal government and provide for more effective public/private partnerships; increase
    the capacity of appropriate government departments and agencies; align Federal policies,
    taxation, research and development expenditures and regulations to coincide with the goals
    of sustainability; and, converge domestic and foreign policies toward a common purpose.

    Above all, this Act would provide for policy changes that foster and support the innovation
    and entrepreneurialism of America that are essential to sustain our qualitative growth as a
    people and a nation. We need a National Prosperity and Security Act and a clear plan for
    its application that can serve us as well in this strategic environment, as NSA 47 and NSC
    68 served a generation before us.

    A Beacon of Hope, a Pathway of Promise

    This Narrative advocates for America to pursue her enduring interests of prosperity and
    security through a strategy of sustainability that is built upon the solid foundation of our
    national values. As Americans we needn’t seek the world’s friendship or to proselytize the
    virtues of our society. Neither do we seek to bully, intimidate, cajole, or persuade others to
    accept our unique values or to share our national objectives. Rather, we will let others draw
    their own conclusions based upon our actions. Our domestic and foreign policies will reflect
    unity of effort, coherency and constancy of purpose. We will pursue our national interests
    and allow others to pursue theirs, never betraying our values. We will seek converging
    interests and welcome interdependence. We will encourage fair competition and will not shy
    away from deterring bad behavior.

    We will accept our place in a complex and dynamic strategic ecosystem and use credible
    influence and strength to shape uncertainty into opportunities. We will be a pathway of
    promise and a beacon of hope, in an ever changing world.

    --As mentioned above, "Mr. Y" is a pseudonym for CAPT Wayne Porter, USN and Col Mark
    "Puck" Mykleby, USMC who are actively serving military officers in the Department of
    Defense.

The complete astounding report from
high Pentagon officials who call for a
change in America's direction under
the name "Mr Y"
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Writing in Foreign Policy, John Norris pointed out that the
budget deal "lopped $8 billion off of funding for the State
Department and the U.S. Agency for International
Development.  Defense spending was left untouched.
Congress doesn’t seem to have gotten the wake-up call."
You have heard of the
Pentagon "Mr Y"  paper
but probably haven't been
able to read it.  The
document says some
astounding things, like:
"For too long, we have
underutilized sectors of our
government and our
citizenry...focusing intensely on
defense and protectionism
rather than on development
and diplomacy"
  
The Pentagon, of all places, says that the U.S. has
been spending too much on the military and not on
trying to be a peaceful influence in the world!
Because it's hard to find more than brief quotes

Here is the complete report written by "Mr Y" who, it turns out, is two
high-level officials working under the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff.  They have been identified as Capt. Wayne Porter, USN, and Col.
Mark Mykleby, USMC. They both work for the Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff.  It is widely believed that their report is known to and has
the tacit approval of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
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