Allen West: Millennials and National Security in the 21st Century 

We live in trying times but we have always faced trying times. The difference for this generation is that we have full awareness, if we choose to open our eyes.

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As Written By Allen West for Townhall:

Note: This column was co-authored by NCPA Research Associate Christian Yiu

It is summer time and that means most students are out and about, some having fun, others are working jobs. At the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) in Dallas, it means summer research associates who conduct extensive research with our senior experts for publication.

It is summer time and that means most students are out and about, some having fun, others are working jobs. At the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) in Dallas, it means summer research associates who conduct extensive research with our senior experts for publication.

For those working this summer in the field of national security policy, there is a startling difference from today’s pivotal issues and those from 30-40 years ago.

The 21st century battlefield that Millennials are encountering is far more complex than the global security situation then. And, what makes it unique for millennials is that they see it being played out right before their eyes.

In the late 1970’s, it was clear that there was “us and them,” namely the United States and the Soviet Union. In 1979, the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, but few on a college campus could have shown you Afghanistan on a map. The Iranian hostage crisis occurred but, unless you paid attention to the evening news, few young people felt the effect.

Students then had no dorm room phones and certainly no laptop computers. There was no 24/7 news cycle. Research was done the “old school” way at the library and actually using things called books. Contrast that to today’s environment for our college students who just witnessed, in Orlando, the second largest Islamic terrorist attack on U.S. soil. In just the past two years, consider the many homegrown terrorist attacks that young people have witnessed, as well as those horrific videos they can download on their personal electronic devices via YouTube.

The point is that global situational awareness has increased immensely for this generation. Imagine the European theater in the closing days of World War II when the Nazi concentration camps were discovered. General Dwight D. Eisenhower issued orders that those brutal and savage examples of man’s inhumanity needed to be recorded to prevent those who, someday, would deny it ever happened.

Today, young people can see beheadings, crucifixions, shootings, …..

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Millennials and National Security in the 21st Century – Allen West

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