The lens we see public policy through might need to be buffed out. If the Department of Defense kept metrics for the employees from building maintenance staff to Commander (not wikileaks) on “money spent” and “activity employed;” setting up the “principal / investment relationship”, we might be able to figure out how to leverage “humanitarian” activity in order to achieve policy goals more so than, say, funding reconstruction efforts after bottles and bombs shatter (the other country’s) equilibrium. Like in Ukraine, why not have the DoD organize non-profits to build Ukraine’s non-profit industry (i.e., create jobs that value humanitarianism). Dang, then DoD might “work with” the State Department ;0
The Defense Department is our first responder to natural and manmade disasters. It is also the most lethal entity known to man. On one hand the Defense Department provides food, shelter and safety in many international crises, and on the other hand it employs soldiers who have mastered new forms of weaponry designed with fatal intentions.
This dualistic mission is confusing and oftentimes polarizing. I now realize that my many attempts to understand the mission of the Defense Department was lacking in data. The right research would allow the general public to properly estimate the number of lives helped or saved when the Defense Department engages its forces in humanitarian efforts.
We millennials understand humanitarianism, but we need help measuring the Defense Department’s humanitarian achievements. If our current Republican leadership believes that “might is right”, then let’s catalogue the metrics of “might”, in addition to the eradication of plight.
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