National Security and 'Sustainability'
A U.S. Soldier, activated from the California National Guard, holds a young goat in Barbur Valley, Konar province, Afghanistan during a veterinary outreach and sustainment operation was conducted by the 40th Infantry Division's Agricultural Development Team. (Photo: SPC L. Ware)  



Dr. Kent H. Butts
Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College

Mr. Brent C. Bankus
Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College

The views expressed in the document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.



This extract, the second chapter of a CSL's recently published book Sustainability and National Security, examines the concept of sustainability and its value as an explanatory variable in national security issues. The authors argue that sustainability is a valuable 'lens' which can help:

-- identify vulnerabilities in the U.S. resource base and suggest regions or countries that should receive National Security Strategy priority in order to mitigate shortfalls,

-- provide a framework for analyzing the vulnerabilities of peer competitors,

-- explain competitors' geopolitical strategies and identify potential for regional resource competition (e.g., Africa and the Arabian-Persian Gulf), and

-- bring a valuable perspective to crafting national security policy roles and missions for the elements of national power.

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