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When: March 15, 2011
2:00pm eastern
Where: 641-715-3300, 485743#
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March 15, 2011 - 2pm eastern (1pm/12noon/11am)
National Security and Complexity
Guests: Col. Mark Mykleby and Capt. Wayne Porter
Dial-In number: 641-715-3300, access code 485743#

A National Strategic Narrative (pdf)

How would our thinking about national security and our role in the world change if we adopted the complexity framework to guide our understanding?

What would a strategic "ecosystem" look like?

Col. Mark Mykleby and Capt. Wayne Porter have been asking these important questions. As special assistants to Admiral Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, they have been applying their deep study of systems thinking to articulate a new perspective for the U.S. heading into the turbulent 21st century. In this call they will share some about their journey and their results, engaging us in a dialogue about global security as a complex system in the military and beyond.

"It is time to move beyond a strategy of containment to a strategy of sustainment; from an emphasis on power and control to an emphasis on strength and influence; from a defensive power 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. 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."

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