“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, 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.
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.” A National Strategic Narrative
Ocean-Related Impacts of Climate Change on Human and National Security with Recommendations for Priority Actions – drawn from the discussions of the Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security at the University of Massachusetts Boston May 21–23, 2012. Released on World Oceans Day, June 8, 2013.
Carl Conetta, “Reasonable Defense: A Sustainable Approach for Securing the Nation,” Project for Defense Alternatives, Cambridge, Massachusetts,November 14, 2012
THE BURDEN is a planned feature-length documentary to tell the story of how fossil fuel dependence threatens national security, and how the U.S. military is uniquely positioned to bolster a clean energy economy that will strengthen our national, economic, and environmental security. July, 2012
“Rethinking America’s Joint Force” published by National Committee on American Foreign Policy March / April 2012
“Essential Thoughts on 21st Century Security” by Mark “Puck” Mykleby in Center for a Better Life February, 2012
Fareed Zakaria discusses A National Strategic Narrative on CNN video April 24, 2011
From Containment to Sustainment CNN Global Public Square April 24, 2011