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November 26, 2013

The National Strategic Narrative: A story that keeps giving

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Christopher Bellavita on November 26, 2013

The National Strategic Narrative was published two years ago.  Early drafts surfaced a few years before that. The Narrative has been around awhile.

If you’re in the mood to read something hopeful this week, that focuses on national opportunities instead of national risks, and that talks about achieving prosperity and security within the bounds of Constitutional values, then this short document is worth your time.

But it does require reading more than a few paragraphs.  And it demands thinking about what is in the Narrative.

I’ve heard one of the authors (Wayne Porter) talk about the Narrative maybe a dozen times.  The audience has always been public safety leaders and mid career folks — people who are experienced enough not to blindly embrace the latest fad about “how to make everything right again.”  Almost without exception in these groups, the ideas in the Narrative are received as fundamentally new and unsentimentally inspiring.

I came across a video a few days ago that describes the Narrative and also captures some of the energy of the ideas.  If you have 20 minutes this week, you might enjoy watching the story of the National Strategic Narrative, told by its authors.

The video is too large to post on this site. But here’s the link: https://vimeo.com/31205135.


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Comment by Betty A. Sproule

November 26, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

Learn more and read what others have written at http://www.nationalstrategicnarrative.org

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 26, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

Thanks Chris and I for one welcome all forward thinking!

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 26, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

Worth viewing the video clip!

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 26, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

Thanks Ms. Sproule for your development and work and maintenance of the NSN website.

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 26, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

While I welcome the NSN and believe it is very important, and perhaps more out of my ignorance out as opposed to my knowledge, I don’t really believe a new NSN can be fully developed without understanding more thoroughly the complexity of the Cold War.

In my opinion [IMO] the USA did NOT win the Cold War and certainly not won by President Ronald Reagan.

Second the architect of US Cold War policy was Paul Nitze not George Kennan.

Third, collapse of the Soviet Union was driven by many internal factors including core melt nuclear accidents, environmental disasters of many kinds, and even earthquakes.

Fourth, even today, Russia is not Russia only but a federation of 82 entities. It is also largely a criminal oligarchy!

Fifth, it fascinates me that serving and retired officers fashioned the NSN! The real driver of the NSN is the role of the military/industrial/academic complex in a largely oligarchic [anti-trust laws are NOT enforced in the USA] USA with largely corrupted elites.

I suggest all read or re-read C. Vance Woodward’s study of American elites about 1955!

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 26, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

CORRECTION: C.Wright Mills!

Woodward a prominent US historian and also worth reading
if you consider the President the first black one.

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 26, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

Extract from wikipedia:

The Power Elite is a book written by sociologist C. Wright Mills in 1956. In it Mills calls attention to the interwoven interests of the leaders of the military, corporate, and political elements of society and suggests that the ordinary citizen is a relatively powerless subject of manipulation by those entities. The structural basis of The Power Elite is that, following World War II, the United States was the leading country in military and economic terms. According to Mills, the Power Elite are those that occupy the dominant positions, in the dominant institutions (military, economic and political) of a dominant country, and their decisions (or lack of decisions) have enormous consequences, not only for the U.S. population but, “the underlying populations of the world.” Mills outlines the historical structural trends that led to the ascension of the power elite as involving a concentration of economic power and the cultural apparatus in the hands of a few, the emergence of a permanent war economy in the U.S. during and after WW2, the emergence of a bureaucratically standardized and conditioned (controlled) mass society and a political vacuum that was filled by economic and military elites. Due to the interchangeability of top positions within these three institutions, the members of the power elite develop class consciousness and a community of interests guided by a militarized culture, or what Mills described as the military metaphysic.

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 26, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

Notice that there is almost no mention of certain subjects in the NSN! One example which happens to also be largely absent from this blog is the topic of immigration.

From its founding until the start of WWI immigrants to the USA were largely vetted for reasons of health or race, not religion or political beliefs. Not since the end of WWI, however.

I would welcome any references to history or analysis of immigration in the USA!

Did you know that the Hispanic immigration tide to the USA has largely ended replaced by an Asian and Oceanic tide that probably will last throughout this century?

The former largely illegal and the latter largely legal!

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 26, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

Perhaps another intrusion into reality perhaps not!

It is widely accepted that the USA now and for decades past consumes on an annual basis 25% of the earth’s resources! Should this be a strategic goal?

How should a NSN deal with this “fact”?

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