An American Grand Strategy for the 21st Century
In July 2009, Admiral Mullen, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, asked Captain Wayne Porter (U.S. Navy) and Colonel Mark Mykleby (U.S. Marine Corps) to develop some ideas pertaining to a grand strategy for the nation in the 21st century. By August 2009, the men wrote “A National Strategic Narrative,” a concept paper that offered sustainability as the organizing logic for an American grand strategy.
Such a central idea would establish the framework for converging and expanding U.S. domestic and foreign policy toward emerging opportunities, rather than exclusively on perceived threats and risks. Now at New America Foundation, Mark is working to create the strategic construct to implement the concept of sustainability as the American grand strategic imperative for the 21st century. Audience members at May’s Inspire Speakers Series will gain insight into an intriguing and sometimes overlooked perspective on sustainability and how it relates to the future of our country’s security.
More About Colonel Mark “Puck” Mykleby
- Senior Fellow at New America Foundation
- Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, 1987
- Masters of Military Studies and Masters of Strategic Studies
- Read more about Mark here
Local Speaker: Bill Peduto
Who better to make the local connection to this topic than Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto? Mayor Peduto has served Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhoods for over a decade and been integral in shifting the city’s economy toward education and medical technology. He has been a champion of protecting and enhancing Pittsburgh’s recent reputation as a green initiative leader and helped create the city’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan. Mayor Peduto is the ideal local voice to help celebrate the finale of this season’s Inspire Speakers Series.
PLUS: Since October 2012, the Founding Class of the Green & Healthy Schools Academy has been undergoing advanced professional development for how to integrate sustainability into the school buildings, curriculum, and culture. Each school of this founding class will give a brief presentation on how they have applied their knowledge and work to a defining keystone project that emulates their school’s values and vision.
Come grab a bite to eat, have a drink and enjoy an opportunity for networking in Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens before the lecture at 5:00 p.m. Inspire Speakers presentations will follow at 6:00 p.m. Register here to join the speakers for dinner after their talks.
Partner organizations for this event are:
- The Green & Healthy Schools Academy
- Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
- Tri-State Area School Study Council
- The City of Pittsburgh
- Grow Pittsburgh
- GTECH Strategies
- AIA Pittsburgh
- CSI Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
- Chatham University
- Sustainable Pittsburgh
- Master Builders’ Association of Western PA