Economic Security: Neglected Dimension of National Security

Economic Security: Neglected Dimension of National Security
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Edited by Sheila R. Ronis. On August 24-25, 2010, the National Defense University held a conference titled "Economic Security: Neglected Dimension of National Security?" to explore the economic element of national power. This special collection of selected papers from the conference represents the view of several keynote speakers and participants in six panel discussions. It explores the complexity surrounding this subject and examines the major elements that, interacting as a system, define the economic component of national security.

The conference was designed around a systemic framework that could be used to develop a grand strategy surrounding the Nation’s economy as a subsystem of national security. The panels and keynote presentations looked at the economic element of national power from different system views. Those views – including the role of debt, the government, industrial capability, energy, science, technology, and human capital – create a systemic view of what could be done to improve our understanding of the economic element of national power. Selected papers from the conference representing these views comprise this volume.


Chapter one is a transcript of the comments made by opening keynote speaker David Walker.  He contends that if the economic element of national power is neglected and misunderstood, nothing will be more dangerous to the Nation than the national debt and its unintended consequences for generations to come.  His arguments are alarming and are critical for policymakers and every citizen to understand.  He provides common-sense approach to getting the Nation’s financial house in order.

In chapter two, John Morton traces the historical roots of the economy and its role in enabling the superpower status of the Nation.  He also proposes that the United States needs an economic grand strategy and describes the road ahead.

In chapter three, Keith Cooley explains his approach to an energy plan, which includes a grand strategy that if enacted, will support the Nation’s future.

In chapter four, Louis Infante offers his approach to energy security.  His National Energy Security Initiative describes a specific model that the National could use to manage the complexities of its entire energy system.

In chapter five, Myra Shiplett and her team eloquently address the complex set of issues and how the United States will be well served only if its schools can produce individuals who can compete in a sophisticated and globally competitive 21st century world.

Lastly, in chapter six, Carmen Medina explores the many issues that surround what it means to have innovation as a major element of a nation’s economy.

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Table of Contents

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Chapter One

We the People: Keeping the Economy and the Nation Strong –David M. Walker

Chapter Two

Toward a Premise for Grand Strategy – John F. Morton

Chapter Three

Energy Security Is National Security –Keith W. Cooley

Chapter Four

Achieving Energy Security That Feeds the Economic Component of National Security –Louis J. Infante

Chapter Five

A Well-education Workforce: Vital Component of National and Economic Security –Myra Howze Shiplett, Wendy Russell, Anne M. Khademian, and Lenora Peters Grant

Chapter Six

Innovation – Carmen Medina

Conclusion – Sheila R. Ronis

About the Contributors


This publication would be useful to policymakers, members of government and governmental agencies (especially in the energy sector), and members of economy-focused committees. This publication would also be useful to economists, business leaders, and civilians concerned with U.S. energy policies. Historians and students engaged with historical, political, and/or economic studies may also want a copy of this publication.

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