ON-Lion Letter
More than half of the world’s population lives in struggling and fragile states.  Hundreds of armed groups, political movements, and extremists are competing for control of these territories, using irregular techniques.  This current environment contrasts sharply with the kind of conflict and wars fought between states in the 20th century.

Yet the United States' national-security system -- and those of most allies -- is still too calibrated to clashes between major powers rather than the persistent conflicts that now dominate.  The traditional U.S. security paradigm and operational capabilities need adaptation, argues a forthcoming book from the National Strategy Information Center (NSIC) in Washington, D.C., Adapting America's Security Paradigm and Security Agenda.

For the book project, NSIC worked with creative senior practitioners from democracies around the world to identify key 21st Century actors and their visions, strategic cultures, and techniques.  NSIC also examined effective practices from U.S. and foreign experiences.

Adapting America’s Security Paradigm and Security Agenda concludes that managing the complex dimensions of the 21st Century security environment goes beyond force levels and firepower.  The U.S. needs new or adapted capabilities to match the current environment, including, among other things:  intelligence dominance; security, stability, and rule/culture of law teams; military units organized for the new challenges; and strategic communication.

The book's principal authors are Roy Godson and Richard H. Shultz.  Godson is NSIC's president and an emeritus professor of government at Georgetown University.  Shultz is an NSIC senior research fellow and a professor and director of The Fletcher School's International Security Studies Program at Tufts University.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports NSIC.
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