What should 21st-century security look like? How can we use dialogue and collaboration — between nations, and between public and private sectors — to improve the future of security? In this respect, what is the concept of open-source security?
Rather than focusing on risk alone and building up walls against our enemies, Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret), a retired 4-star officer in the U.S. Navy and the Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, believes we should spend more time seeking out opportunities, and building bridges. In truth, our “global commons” face many threats today — piracy (both literal and cyber), trafficking and terrorism are three of the greatest risks — and we cannot rely solely on physical force to protect ourselves.
Rather, Stavridis believes that nations must unite to create longer-lasting, sustainable security measures. Open-source security has already seen success in the form of disaster relief, hospital ships and NATO literacy courses, and by combining private-public, international, interagency, strategic communication we can create the sum of all security.
Admiral James Stavridis’ focus is on leadership, innovation, strategic communication and creating security through international, interagency and public/private partnerships in this turbulent 21st century.