Accession Number:

ADA525806

Title:

Shift to a Global Perspective

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

We all know from the ancient Oriental story of the six blind men and the elephant that how we perceive something determines our understanding of it and, by implication, our response to it. With that in mind, the U.S. military must shift from a regional to a global view of our security environment in order to understand and respond better. In the past, Americas security needs were served adequately by having its uniformed leaders in Washington maintain the global vision, while the majority of U.S. military organizations maintained a regional or functional focus. However, to provide effectively for the nations defense in the twenty-first century,we must all come to understand and appreciate the global perspective. Examining trends in the global security environment and the ways in which the U.S. military has organized to deal with past challenges provides the foundation for understanding the implications for Americas armed forces today, as we transform our military into one that is ready to provide effective missile defense, information operations IO, space operations, and other capabilities that do not respect our traditional regional boundaries.

Subject Categories:

  • Civil Defense
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE