In recent years, all parts of the US government have wrestled with how best to work together to advance the national security agenda. Making our world safe, forging creative alliances, and bringing the full breadth of resources to bear requires a strategic integration of defense, diplomacy, and development tools and capabilities.
Today, the term Smart Power is used to describe the skillful combination of military, economic, diplomatic, development, and cultural resources to achieve US national security objectives. First articulated in 2007, Smart Power implies the synchronization and integration of multiple government organizations to secure our national interests around the world.
While the concept makes sense, how do government organizations translate Smart Power into operational realities and activities?