Captain Wayne Porter, United States Navy
Col. Mark “Puck” Mykleby, United States Marine Corps (Retired)

PopTech 2011

Capt. Wayne Porter (top photo) and Col. Mark Mykleby (bottom photo), who as strategic advisers to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, authored the groundbreaking article “A National Strategic Narrative” (PDF), which proposes that the United States must refocus its foreign policy priorities and invest less in overt militarization and more in education, development aid, and sustainability infrastructure. In the article (written under the pseudonym “Mr. Y” in reference to the well-known “X” article written by George Kennan in 1947 that argued for a policy of containment of the Soviet Union), Porter and Mykleby argue that the U.S. must move beyond “a strategy of containment to a strategy of sustainment…and recognize that security means more than defense, and sustaining security requires adaptation and evolution.”