While the United States remains the world’s sole superpower, the current fiscal and political environment dictates that we pursue innovative solutions to ensure global stability and defense. The United States must foster partnerships and leverage the globalizing defense market to facilitate the “crowdsourcing” of global defense.
Crowdsourcing Global Defense
To maximize NATO’s defense dollars, the United States must emphasize interoperability—no matter how small a partner-nation’s contribution.With the rise of globalization, the United States and its NATO allies and other partners face common challenges and threats to individual and collective security. These include the proliferation of nuclear and ballistic-missile technology, terrorism, piracy, trafficking (in narcotics, weapons, and people), and even climate change. These problems are so large, complex, and distributed that no country can solve them alone. No single nation has the required forces, authority, access, or budget to do so.
By Lieutenant Commander Timothy P. McGeehanand Commander Douglas T. Wahl, U.S. Navy