Sustainability: A 21st Century American Grand Strategy

America’s biggest national chal­lenge today isn’t ter­rorism, health, or even cli­mate change, according to retired Marine Col. Mark Myk­leby, senior fellow at the New America Foun­da­tion. Nor is it com­pe­ti­tion with China, or secu­rity threats from al-​​Qaida or other ter­rorist orga­ni­za­tions, he added. Instead, it’s how all of these things and many others con­tribute to global unsus­tain­ability, Myk­leby said during a lec­ture on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Northeastern’s Amilcar Cabral Center.

Read more about Col. Mykleby’s visit to Northeastern here.

WATCH: NortheasternsCOS YouTube Channel

LISTEN: Col Mark Puck Mykleby

More about Mark “Puck” Mykleby, Colonel, USMC (Retired):

Mark Mykleby was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1987.  He was designated a naval aviator in April 1990 and as a qualified F/A-18 pilot in December 1990.  From January 1991 to May 2006, he served in five fleet fighter squadrons and performed numerous operational squadron billets to include Director of Safety and Standardization, Pilot Training Officer, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer. Mark’s operational and combat experience includes numerous deployments (land based and ship borne) to the European, Pacific, and Southwest Asian theaters in support of Operations PROVIDE PROMISE, DENY FLIGHT, SOUTHERN WATCH, and IRAQI FREEDOM.  In June 2007, Mark was assigned to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) where he developed strategy for Special Operations Forces. From July 2009 until April 2011, he 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. Mark retired from the Marine Corps in July 2011. Mark is now a senior fellow at the New America Foundation where he continues his work on grand strategy and sustainability.

National Strategic Narrative website

Interview at the VERGE conference in Boston in May 2013

Tom Friedman interviews Patrick Doherty and Col. Mykleby at a June 2013 NY Times event in San Francisco (video is the third one listed)