Barnett's world falls in two parts: "the functioning core" versus "the non-integrating gap." Modern war and conflict, Barnett says, come from the gap part, thus shrinking that gap should be the Pentagon's most important function. In order to do that, Barnett proposes a military whose primary weapon will be globalization. There are shades of his plan already in action in Iraq, but will it work?
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Thomas P.M. Barnett, strategic researcher and professor at the United States Naval War College, author of, "The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century"
Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at the Atlantic Monthly
This program aired on June 24, 2004.