Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century


The New Grand Strategy describes a business plan for America, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a strategic national imperative. It tells how a discipline called “grand strategy” has been used in the past to align our economy, foreign policy and governance structures to take on the big challenges of the day, such as fighting fascism or containing communism.

Today’s big challenge is global unsustainability — things like rapid economic inclusion of three billion people, addressing climate change and natural resource depletion, strengthening weak national economies and strengthening America’s brittle infrastructure and supply chains.

The book lays out a plan that leverages the economy to do the heavy lifting, tapping trillion-dollar demand for walkable communities, regenerative agriculture and resource productivity. It proposes how to fund it without taxpayer dollars, and to deal with stranded assets like unburnable carbon without wrecking the economy.

And it shows how all of this together can restore America’s prosperity, security, and sustainability. In short, it is an inspiring vision of what’s possible when Americans hold a collective view of the future and come together to bring it to reality.

The plan combines the best of the Left and Right — a progressive agenda with a conservative approach, led by the private sector for profit, tapping local business and political leadership — and Washington can lead, follow or get out of the way.

The New Grand Strategy — the product of a military strategist, a policy strategist and a sustainable business strategist — details America’s path forward. It tells stories from the trenches — about the farmers, mayors, entrepreneurs, business executives, community leaders, and countless others who are finding their way — and weaves through this narrative the story of how a new business plan for America connects with America’s history, its economic success, and its role in the global community in the 21st century.

Critical Acclaim

Our nation needs a new grand strategy and this is it. Mykleby, Doherty, and Makower have developed a pragmatic, actionable, long-term strategy that taps into what is best about America. In so doing, they’re giving us, as a nation of citizens, the opportunity to move past the politics, cynicism, and apathy that are holding us back so we can get on with the hard work of reinventing America for our kids and grandkids.

Admiral Mike Mullen (RET.)Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 2007-11

America is a purpose-driven nation that has lost its way. It is no longer clear what we stand for either at home or abroad. The New Grand Strategy offers an answer, a grand purpose of creating a sustainable future for Americans and the peoples of all nations. The goal may be grand, but the analysis is clear, simple, and accessible. It should be read by all presidential candidates and all voters.

Anne-Marie SlaughterPresident and CEO of New America; former Dean of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Mykleby, Doherty and Makower challenge us to move from inwardly focused belly-aching to outwardly-focused planning and mobilization. Thankfully, they envision the transformation being led by nimble free enterprise rather than clunky government. Planning the work and working the plan starts with careful thought about incentives and continues with a commitment to implementation. That's what The Grand New Strategy supplies.

U.S. Rep. Bob InglisR-SC4 1993-1999; 2005-2011

America and the world are officially off course, but Mykleby, Doherty, and Makower show it is very fixable — a very competent and inspiring book.

Jim CliftonChairman and CEO, Gallup

Visionary, crystal clear, and timely! The authors unite the strands of national policy into a coherent and inspiring Grand Strategy —a practical blueprint for sustainable prosperity, security, and global leadership.

David W. OrrPaul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College

B. H. Liddel Hart, the British military historian, described grand strategy as the application of a nation’s major resources to the achievement of its large purposes. In this new, comprehensive advocacy of a 21st century American grand strategy, authors Mykleby, Doherty, and Makower propose nothing short of a new American “operating system” based on the central organizing principle of “full-spectrum sustainability” and resilience founded on an economic revolution with grassroots in an astonishing compendium of local initiatives. Were the next president to adopt their blueprint for achieving our nation’s large purposes, it would launch us toward nothing less than a second American Revolution.

Gary HartUnited States Senator (Ret.)

Over time, America's soft power is more consequential around the world than our military might. Our soft power is linked profoundly to whether we are truly that shining city on a hill, admired for our freedom and the well-being of our people and the care we take for our children and future generations on this planet. The New Grand Strategy looks honestly at the sea of troubles in which America now finds itself, and, not stopping there, it charts an ambitious course to a better place. An important book.

James Gustave SpethFormer Administrator, United Nations Development Programme, and former Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

There are many defining moments that are seen only in retrospect. This is not one of them. The confluence of internal and external factors has resulted in a defining moment for America — today — and we must act. The New Grand Strategy is the best blueprint I have seen for capturing and maximizing this moment. It offers us a clear, coherent and deeply compelling narrative to carry us thru the complexities we are facing. It is a fully actionable strategy that will allow America to adapt, compete, grow and evolve in a manner in line with our national values that transcend generations. It is truly inspiring and essentially the only bandwagon we need to be on.

Chris LuebkemanDirector, Global Foresight and Innovation, Arup