What will 21st-century security look like? Navy Admiral James Stavridis suggests that dialogue and openness will be the game-changers.
In the world of security, says James Stavridis, "we are generally focused on risk. But I think we should spend a bit of our most precious resource — time — on thinking about and developing opportunities." The first US Navy officer to hold the positions of Commander of the US European Command (USEUCOM) and of NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), Stavridis has been advocating the opportunities perspective for a long time. He sees dialogue and collaboration — between nations, and between public and private sectors — as key to the future of security. As a Navy officer, he thinks deeply about protecting the value of our "global commons." And he's a rare high-ranking military officer who tweets and blogs.
He has led the recent military effort in Lybia, among other NATO engagements. Previously Stavridis commanded US Southern Command in Miami, focused on Latin America and the Caribbean.
“The six largest nations in the world in descending order: China, India, Facebook, the United States, Twitter, and Indonesia.”
“No one person, no one alliance, no one nation, no one of us is as smart as all of us thinking together.”
“Walls don't work. … Instead of building walls to create security, we need to build bridges.”
“Life is not an on and off switch. You don't have to have a military that is either in hard combat or is in the barracks.”