Doherty, Mykleby to discuss national strategic imperative

Patrick Doherty and Mark Mykleby from the New America Foundation will visit Salve Regina Wednesday, March 20 to discuss the concept of sustainability as our national strategic imperative for the 21st century. Their lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the DiStefano Lecture Hall.

In 2011, a document titled “A National Strategic Narrative” emerged from the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The narrative argues for a new American grand strategy that would focus the nation’s foreign and domestic policies toward the common goal of building our national strength at home as a means to foster our credible influence abroad.

In partial response to this call for grand strategy, the New America Foundation has developed a strategic framework to functionally and pragmatically implement the concept of sustainability in order to take on our generation’s great challenge: global unsustainability.

In the face of combined challenges such as a burgeoning world population that must be folded into the global economic system, ecosystem depletion at a scale never before seen, the ongoing global “contained depression” that cannot be remedied with paradigmatic fiscal and monetary policy and a resilience deficit within global economic and political systems, America’s response must be to lead and lead by example. The task is clear: The U.S. must lead the global transition to sustainability.

Doherty is the New America Foundation’s deputy director of the national security studies program and director of the Smart Strategy Initiative. His writing has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, Foreign Policy, the Washington Monthly and the Chicago Tribune. Doherty has appeared on CNN, ABC, BBC, NPR, Bloomberg, the Nightly Business Report and the Australian Broadcasting Service.

Mykleby was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps following his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1987 and was designated a qualified F/A-18 pilot in 1990. From 1991 to 2006, he served in five fleet fighter squadrons and performed numerous operational squadron billets. Mykleby is a graduate of Marine Weapons and Tactics Instructor School, the Navy Fighter Weapons School and the Allied Air Forces Central Europe’s Tactical Leadership Program. His operational experience includes numerous deployments to the European, Pacific and Southwest Asian theaters.

Seating for Doherty and Mykleby’s lecture is limited and reservations are suggested. For more information, or to reserve a seat, contact the Pell Center at (401) 341-2927 or

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