Retired Marine officer to discuss strategic imperative for sustainability

  • Oct. 10, 2013


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Retired Col. Mark “Puck” Mykleby of the U.S. Marine Corps will speak at Indiana University Bloomington about “Sustainability as a Strategic Imperative.” The talk will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Maurer School of Law Moot Court Room, 211 S. Indiana Ave.

Mykleby served from July 2009 to April 2011 as a special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  In that capacity, he co-authored with Navy Capt. Wayne Porter A National Strategic Narrative, a concept and vision for a 21st-century grand strategy for the nation that called for a transition from containment to sustainability. 

Mykleby retired from the Marine Corps in July 2011. He is now a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, where he continues his work on grand strategy and sustainability.

"The challenges we face as a nation are not going to be solved in Washington, through political parties or with the ideologies that currently divide us,” Mykleby said.

“If we want to build a future that is worthy of our kids and grandkids, it's going to take an engaged citizenry that is more focused on opportunity rather than on threat and risk to start doing what is necessary to 'secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.' Sitting in the middle of America's breadbasket, Indiana University is perfectly placed to take a lead role in showing the rest of the nation just how to build that future."  

Also on Oct. 22, Mykleby will be a keynote speaker and facilitator for the kick-off of the Mid-America Cluster, an economic development region based on the principles of prosperity and security through sustainability, which will occur at The Summit on Capturing Resilience at Purdue.

The Mid-America Cluster is a region extending from West Lafayette to Louisville that also encompasses Muncie, Indianapolis and Bloomington. The cluster is focused on fostering sustainable infrastructure and developing a regional-scale strategy that identifies and addresses challenges, resources and opportunities for economic development.

The summit focuses on smart growth, regenerative agriculture and resource productivity, and it features sustainability pioneer Bob Berkebile of Des Moines, Iowa, architectural firm BNIM as keynote speaker Oct. 21. Mykleby will lead a workshop Oct. 22 that will seek to develop ideas and identify opportunities for the Mid-America Cluster, with representatives from the various communities.

In addition to speaking at the Maurer School of Law, Mykleby will meet with Bloomington-area officials, students and faculty to discuss the Mid-America Cluster at a breakfast Oct. 23.

Mykleby’s visit is sponsored by the IU Office of Sustainability. More information, including teaching resources for instructors, is available on the IU Office of Sustainability website.

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