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A Prosperous and Strong America is a Secure America

July 25, 2011

NEW YORK - When it comes to national security, two longtime U.S. military men say, it's time for America to refocus its strategy. Marine Corps Colonel Mark Mykleby says it's becoming less about military might and more about engaging with the world and exerting influence.

"Security is in all of our hands as citizens, because security isn't just defined by bad people that we have a military to go abroad and go fight; security has to do with how we live our lives right here. I mean, this is the nature of the world as we see it."

Navy Captain Wayne Porter believes prosperity leads to influence. That's why he says there needs to be greater focus on education, promoting strong local and rural communities, and sustainability.

"Americans need to recognize that we are part of this interdependent global system and that, by demonstrating the efficacy of our own values as Americans, we can provide leadership that the rest of the world, I think, still desperately needs."

Porter and Mykleby would like to see Congress pass a new "National Prosperity and Security Act," and they have laid out their arguments in a paper entitled, "A National Strategic Narrative."

Mark Scheerer, Public News Service - NY