Every crisis yields an opportunity. The tragic toll of this pandemic in the United States will underscore a very personal threat to Americans, losing friends, neighbors, and family members to this deadly virus. Widespread pain will unlock both political capital and federal resources to start treating public health as a national security priority. The most poignant and powerful phrase in U.S. rhetoric has always been “never again.” American history demonstrates that, although the country is often slow to respond, U.S. strategy-making succeeds best when the American people are at the heart of it.
Dr. Audrey Kurth Cronin is Professor and Director of the Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology at American University’s School of International Service. Dr. Patrick M. Cronin is the Asia-Pacific Security Chair at the Hudson Institute.