“The Empires of the Future are the Empires of the Mind.”
-Winston S. Churchill
Though the Cold War was defined as a battle of ideological supremacy between Communism and Liberty, NATO served as the defensive phalanx: a titanic lumbering bulwark against the threat of extermination so the free world could carry on the struggle of wills. That phalanx must now break ranks; no longer holding back waves of mobile ICBM’s or tank columns at the Fulda Gap, NATO must leap proactively into the fray against the dynamic and increasingly entangled fears that threaten future prosperity from society’s frontiers. From Afghanistan to AMISOM, this new proactive mission requires a less centralized, actively learning model to succeed.