the pentagon's new map strives to be a practical "strategy for a second american century". in this bold and brilliantly argued work, thomas barnett calls globalisation "this country's gift to history" and explains why its wide dissemination is critical to the security of not only america but the entire world. as a senior military analyst for the us naval war college, barnett is intimately familiar with the culture of the pentagon and the state department (both of which he believes are due for significant overhauls). he explains how the pentagon spent the 1990s grasping for a long-term strategy to replace containment. the 9/11 terrorist attacks, barnett argues, revealed the gap between an outdated cold war-era military and a radically different one needed to deal with emerging threats. he believes that america is the prime mover in developing a "future worth creating" not because of its unrivalled capacity to wage war, but because of its ability to ensure security around the world. .