Daniel E. Ward

Mr. Daniel E. Ward is a former US Coast Guard officer. His work experience includes maritime and riverine operations, protective services and security operations, and criminal investigations. He has spent several years in Latin America and the Middle East, and has extensive work experience training indigenous forces. He holds a BS in civil engineering, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Defense and Strategic Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso. The views presented are his own and do not represent the U.S. government, his employer, or an official position.

The U.S. military needs to maintain a global presence; dominate locally; be able to sustain stability operations; and be able to concentrate forces to meet more robust threats.

The US must ensure it is not simply being responsive to Chinese moves, but instead base decisions on strategic objectives.

The US has adopted a more “direct action” approach to issues such as Boko Haram, and moved away from traditional skills sets such as Foreign Internal Defense.

Only through coordination and collaboration with trusted, close-knit allies, can the United States expect to maintain and develop its own national security.