International Security



              CllO: Stage Setter Module

                  10 July 2009


The world is changing at a highly accelerated rate due to the effects of globalization, and these effects are changing the United States military's force structure and the way we and fight.
Pulitzer Prize winning writer Thomas Friedman's   view on globalization is captured in this quote.

"I defme globalization as the integration of markets, finance, technology, and telecommunications in a way that is enabling each one of us to reach around the world farther, faster, deeper, and cheaper than ever before.And at the same time,is enabling the world to reach into each of us farther, faster, deeper, and cheaper than ever before."   1

The worldwide effects of globalization are impacting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.   We leaders and future operational planners for the United States Army have to understand the speed at which the battlefield is changing in a world that is shrinking.   Globalization enables us, but also enables our enemy.
I believe that Fareed Zakaria captures it best as he assesses Thomas Friedman's book The World is Flat.   He agrees with Friedman that the world is flat technologically and economically.   However, he disagrees with Friedman that the world is flat politically.   I agree with his assessment that globalization has changed Middle Eastern markets and telecommunications in a good way, and I also agree with his assessment that Middle Eastern countries have not changed politically. Globalization has empowered countries like China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia economically, but they're regimes can still control the information and thus control the populace.
Our military has changed significantly in the last decade, and I believe this is a by-product of globalization.   We were slow to change from the Cold...