The BIG picture: A closer look at National Security

Living and working in a rural community in Ohio, we sometimes forget that we’re a small part of one big world of diverse countries and customs. We are, however, being constantly bombarded with news of terrorist attacks both here and abroad, which often leaves us feeling helpless and overwhelmed. Earlier this week, Lt. Col. Michael Hrynciw III, a Fremont man who is a member of the Ohio Air National Guard, helped allay some fears during a National Security Forum here on the campus of Terra State Community College.

Addressing Terra State students, staff, and community members, Hrynciw explained that national security isn’t just left to chance. From the president down to the combatant commands, policies and strategies are developed using seven tools of national security: diplomatic, information, military, economic, finance, intelligence, and law enforcement. It takes a holistic governmental approach to achieve national security. Add he added this sobering comment – “Security of our nation is done from abroad, not from within our own borders.”

According to Hrynciw, our national strategic direction is guided by four enduring national interests, which include: security of the U.S., its citizens, allies and partners; a strong enduring U.S. economy; advancement of and respect for universal values from the world and home; and pursuit of peace, security and stability for the world.

Another component to national security is the collaboration between various world groups. All branches of the military work together along with all levels of the government. And it’s also important to form partnerships with allies around the world.

As Deputy Commander of the Red Horse Squadron at Camp Perry, much of the work Hrynciw and his soldiers have done is “nation building.” The Red Horse is a construction unit and has built everything from runways to elementary schools. “Creating stability and developing partnerships have strategic implications,” he said.

He is rightfully proud of the National Guard. They work for the governor but are really the first responders for the homeland. They also participate in the State Partnership Program which connects each state with other countries. Ohio is a partner with Serbia and in the interest of cooperation and relationship building, Hrynciw has been to Serbia and their people have come here.

So what does the future hold? What are the biggest challenges to national security?
Hrynciw listed his top five – cyber security, space (can another country bring down our satellites), air supremacy, changes in the environment and continued fiscal restraint. Of course, economics will continue to play a huge role in the world because “There is a direct correlation between poverty and stability,” he said.

Terra State thanks Lt. Col. Michael Hrynciw III for speaking to us about this important topic and Bill Taylor, Professor of Economics and Political Science for arranging this event.

Hrynciw is a member of the class of 2016 at the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania where he is pursuing a master’s degree in strategy and policy. He has been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, and has served in various command, engineering and operations positions throughout the European, Pacific and Middle Eastern regions.

To read more about Lt. Col. Michael Hrynciw III, click here. To learn more about the Red Horse Squadron at Camp Perry, click here.