That’s from a recent article titled, “A National Strategic Narrative.” It was written under the name Mr. Y — a direct reference to George Kennan’s iconic “X” article of 1947, which laid out the strategy of containment that would guide US relations with the Soviet Union. The real authors behind Mr. Y are Capt. Wayne Porter, USN and Col. Mark Mykleby, USMC. They both work for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
One interesting section of the article proposes that America invest in three priorities: intellectual capital, including education, health and social services; “sustainable security”; and sustainable use of natural resources. Here’s how they elaborate on the idea of sustainable security:
I read that as subtly suggesting that our nation over-invests in the military. What’s interesting here is that it’s not some liberal think tank advocating for these priorities. These views are coming from within the Pentagon. The military-industrial complex has long proved resilient against attempts to cut even the most wasteful Defense Department programs. Could it be that insiders are finally starting to see the light?
Clearly, the message hasn’t resonated quite yet. Discussing the Y article in Foreign Policy, John Norris notes: