Last week, a fellow contributor to USNI noticed that the US Navy has a new slogan: “America’s Navy – A Global Force for Good” . The slogan is likely an attempt to highlight the Navy’s growing role as a instrument of US soft power around the world. From disaster relief in the Pacific to health clinics in South America, the Navy is quickly positioning itself as America’s de facto soft power force.
I would not at all be surprised if, in five years, you would be hard pressed to find a sailor that hadn’t participated in a humanitarian mission.
Christopher R. Albon is a political science Ph.D. specializing in armed conflict, public health, human security, and health diplomacy.