Sustainability: An American Grand Strategy for the 21st Century

Resource Productivity & Sustainable Energy
Session 3

Sustainability: An American Grand Strategy for the 21st Century
Federal Hall 303
Colonel Mark Mykleby, Senior Fellow, Smart Strategy Initiative, New America Foundation

In July 2009, Admiral Mullen, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, asked Captain Wayne Porter, USN, and Colonel Mark Mykleby to develop some ideas around a grand strategy for the nation in the 21st Century. By August 2009, Porter and Mykleby wrote “A National Strategic Narrative”, a concept paper that offered sustainability as the organizing logic for an American grand strategy. Such a central idea would establish the framework for converging and expanding US domestic and foreign policy toward emerging opportunities, rather than exclusively on perceived threats and risks. Now at the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve University, Mykleby is working with Patrick Doherty and David Cooperrider to develop the “so what” of the National Strategic Narrative; creating the strategic construct to implement the concept of sustainability as the American grand strategic imperative for the 21st Century.