Youth unemployment as it concerns national security has been garnering a significant body of literature. In the
burgeoning literature, the component parts of youth, unemployment and national security is not adequately
assessed and analyzed. This paper is an attempt to describe and analyze the component parts for a better
appreciation of youth unemployment on national security issues and challenges. The paper goes on to confirm
and put in historical perspective that the youth bulge and unemployment are catalysts to national security issues
and challenges. While not diminishing their importance, the paper posits that some of the data used in analyzing
unemployment need to be re-evaluated, placed in context and a new perspective proffered on the role and
importance of youth unemployment in the broad area of national security.