Strategic planner Thomas P.M. Barnett has advised US leaders on national security since the end of the Cold War. In this bracingly honest — and very funny — talk, Barnett outlines a solution for the foundering US military: Break it in two. One half makes war, and the other half builds the peace that follows. Spontaneous applause and a standing ovation underscore what Barnett said on his blog: “Probably the best 20 minutes of speaking I have ever done.” (Recorded February 2005 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 23:53) Read Thomas Barnett’s profile on TED.com
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