Tom Barnett

Thomas P.M. Barnett has worked in US national security circles since the end of the Cold War, starting first with the Department of Navy’s premier think tank, the Center for Naval Analyses. From there he moved to serve as a senior researcher and professor at the Naval War College in Newport RI, where he became a top assistant to Vice Admiral Arthur Cebrowksi – the father of “network-centric warfare.” After 9/11, Barnett served in Cebrowski’s Office of Force Transformation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Assistant for Strategic Futures. He developed a famous PowerPoint brief on the subject of globalization and international security (see his 2005 TED Talk), which later morphed into a New York Times-bestselling book, The Pentagon’s New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century (2004). Since leaving government service in 2005, Dr. Barnett has worked for a series of technology-driven start-ups.  Among his current business associations today are:

Barnett completed his “Pentagon’s New Map” trilogy with the volumes, “Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating” (2005), and “Great Powers: America and the World After Bush” (2009). Dr. Barnett holds a PhD in political science from Harvard University (1990). He is based in Madison, Wisconsin, and travels the world giving speeches and conducting strategy work with both private- and public-sector enterprises.


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