(TED talk by Thomas Barnett.) Especially the two minutes after 13:30
He wants to split the military in half:
- a Leviathan force (Hobbesian, like we have right now, to shoot and bomb)
- a System Administrator force (Eventually a civilian force run by the army, well-equipped, trained, and acculturated to transparently process "politically bankrupt states" like the IMF does for the financially strapped.)
He discusses how the USA Constitution provides for a Department of Armed Forces, "Armies" and a Deparment of Everything Else, "Navies". I found this distinction interesting and googled it up. The Constitution just says bluntly that we should form a "Navy". We don't look at the Navy as very different from the Army, nowadays, and maybe the Coast Guard is different. But the Federalist papers have an interesting discussions of it. All the discussions of the navy are about economics!
See the purpose of the Navy as described by John Jay in this link, and Alexander Hamilton in this link.
Jay and Hamilton argue for a national "fleet" to protect the USA's trade routes and to regulate our commerce. It's about keeping other nations happy with us. Jay's and Hamilton's essays do seem to support Barnett's conclusions that this fleet should be more diverse, acculturated, and civilian.
Barnett seems to have a point.