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Center for America's Purpose

The Center for America’s Purpose (CAP) was launched to promote America’s leadership role in the world. Headed by Sagamore Institute Senior Fellow Alan W. Dowd, CAP identifies historical guideposts to bolster national-security strategy in the 21st century, applies the lessons of history to the challenges of today and seeks to remind the American people that as civilization’s first-responder and last line of defense, the United States is a force for good in the world. Drawing from history, CAP is idealistic about America’s purpose in the world, optimistic about what America and its allies can achieve in the world, and realistic about how and where to employ American power in the world. To share CAP’s message and mission with engaged citizens and policymakers, Dowd authors essays for leading magazines, journals and websites, and publishes Capstones, the Center’s monthly publication covering national defense and international security.

In Focus

Capstones: Speaking in Code

Some of them are part of our national vocabulary—Manhattan Project, Rolling Thunder, Desert Storm. Others are a bit more obscure—Chromite, Noble Eagle, Tomodachi. Still others seem scrubbed of meaning (Inherent Resolve) or strange (Blue Spoon) or downright dull (Productive Effort). What all these phrases have in common is that each is a codename for an American military operation or national-security initiative—and each tells part of America’s story.