In the ancient world, the best navy sailed from Athens, the best infantry marched from Sparta, and the renowned Scythian archers joined whichever city-state could afford their services. No Greek city-state could take on King Xerxes and the Persian Empire alone. Defeating that existential threat required the cooperation of one-time enemies in favor of a common cause: survival. Each polity had to carry its share of the burden if Greece were to survive.
Modernize NATO for the 21st Century
2013 Global Defense Burden Essay Contest Winner
By Lieutenant Ryan Hilger, U.S. Navy