Mr. Y is in fact two real people, Col. Mark Mykleby, USMC ret (left) and CAPT Wayne Porter, USN ret (right). They were both honored for their work on A National Strategic Narrative with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (see photo on home page)
You can see them in this Video
You can also see them in this video presentation of the meta-narrative at the 2012 Camden Conference
Captain Wayne Porter, US Navy, is a graduate of the University of Southern California, holds two Masters of Science degrees, and recently completed his PhD at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. His military duty has included assignments in Japan, England, Italy, the Balkans, Bahrain (Navy’s Director of Intelligence in the Persian Gulf/East Africa), and three tours on the personal staff of Admiral Mike Mullen, including Special Assistant for Strategy to both the Chief of Naval Operations and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
While serving as special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Porter co-authored with Marine Colonel, Mark Mykleby, A National Strategic Narrative, a concept and vision for a 21st Century grand strategy for the nation published by the Wilson Center in April 2011.
In 2011, the Secretary of Defense directed him to establish a Chair at the Naval Postgraduate School. Wayne Porter He is also a “Walton Fellow” at Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability.
Cited in Who’s Who in America, his civilian and military awards include the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal. His work has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Journal of American Foreign Policy Interests, The Hot Spring Quarterly, Washington Times, and Naval Institute Proceedings.
Mark “Puck” Mykleby, Co-Director Strategic Innovation Lab, Case Western Reserve University
Coming June 14, 2016 The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security, and Sustainability in the 21st Century, St. Martin’s Press.
Mark “Puck” Mykleby graduated from the United States Naval Academy with distinction in 1987. He earned a Masters of Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1999. In May 2007, he graduated from the Air War College with distinction and earned a Masters of Strategic Studies.
From July 2009 until April 2011, Mykleby served as a special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In that capacity, he co-authored with Navy Captain Wayne Porter A National Strategic Narrative, a concept and vision for a 21st Century grand strategy for the nation. Porter and Mykleby were honored for their work on A National Strategic Narrative with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Mykleby retired from the Marine Corps in July 2011. He continues his work on grand strategy and sustainability by developing sustainable regional economic clusters and giving interviews, speeches, and conference keynote addresses to encourage putting the concepts of the narrative into practice. He was honored in October 2013 by Greenbiz.com as a “Worldchanger“ in the VERGE 25 for promoting a vision of how “full-spectrum sustainability” can align with the security and well-being of cities and nations. In September 2014, Mark Mykleby and Patrick C. Doherty founded the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve University.