Thomas P. M. Barnett
Thomas P. M. Barnett is an analyst of international relations, in private consulting practice at Enterra Solutions, but having been involved in the Office of Force Transformation in the office of U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. While in government, he published the book The Pentagon's New Map, which presented a new model of international engagement and development, with roles for a "juggernaut" high-technology military force to put down resistance to nation-building multinational forces called "system administrator". He considers economics, information technology and military force as parts of a whole.
His basic premise is that the "connected core", from an information and economic flow standpoint, of nations is stable; the goal in increasing stability is to connect the disconnected nations to the core. This assumes a basically common set of values, which conflict with the model of Samuel Huntington in The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order.
Office of Force Transformation
The second phase of his work, before going into private practice, dealing with influence and roles was at a national level, in the Office of Force Transformation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (November 2001-June 2003). The office was headed by VADM Arthur K. Cebrowski (USN, ret.), but was visible to the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, United States Central Command, and other senior commands. Prior to this study, Dr. Barnett directed the Year 2000 International Security Dimension Project.
From 1998 through 2004, Barnett was a Senior Strategic Researcher and Professor in the Warfare Analysis & Research Department, Center for Naval Warfare Studies, U.S. Naval War College, Newport RI, He served as Director of the NewRuleSets.Project, which traced patterns of influence and roles of the U.S. Navy in what he termed the "Era of Globalization". Its first phase was done jointly with the broker-dealer firm Cantor-Fitzgerald, which had its main offices in World Trade Center 1 and were killed in the 9-11 attack.
==Education and early career-- He began his career at the Center for Naval Analysis and Institute for Public Research, divisions, of the CNA Corporation think tank. His major roles there included working on the Naval Force Capabilities Planning Effort, which produced the U.S. Navy strategic doctrine From the Sea. He also managed relations with the Agency for International Development/
In 1984, he earned a BA (Honors) from the University of Wisconsin with a double-major in Russian Language and Literature and International Relations (emphasis—U.S. Foreign Policy). At Wisconsin, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa his junior year. Following Wisconsin, Dr. Barnett earned an AM (1986) in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and a PhD in Political Science (1990) (major—International Relations; minor—Comparative Politics) from Harvard University. His dissertation was entitled, Warsaw Pact-Third World Relations, 1968-1987: Explaining the Special Roles of Romania and East Germany, was later published by Praeger as Romanian and East German Policies in the Third World. While at Harvard, he served as Research Assistant to the Director of the Russian Research Center, Professor Adam B.Ulam, and worked as a Teaching Fellow in the History and Government Departments.