Strategic Bridge Towards Community Building: The Military's Role
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Globalization offers both unique opportunities as well as challenges to the strategist. In understanding the environment, the strategist must recognize the increasing influence of private commercial enterprises, often represented by multinational corporations, in partnership with the rising local and global civil society, represented by nongovernmental organizations as well as individual citizens. Such collaborative engagement is necessary for leveraging the positive aspects of globalization as soft power in a direction that supports U.S. national security interests. Often, by virtue of interests and resources, the U.S. military serves as the strategic bridge, or initiator, towards the megacommunity formation. This paper briefly examines the contemporary global environment which includes our domestic environment and suggests a collaborative engagement model, the megacommunity. It describes the participating entities and proposes the circumstances for building such a community while highlighting the challenges and opportunities in megacommunity collaboration.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Unconventional Warfare