Strategic Demands offers new, forward-looking solutions to many of the most critical questions impacting our modern world. How can we, as communities and nations, work best to achieve national and global security?
Today’s networked communications provide unprecedented opportunities to experience a globally connected world.
A 21st Century Internet is becoming the connective tissue of politics and economics. Billions of individuals are connected today as never before. Networked citizens as citizens of nations and as Planet Citizens are acting to shape a new 360° world. Our connected world, communicating across borders, is ripe with possibilities and potential, but weighed down with ‘old ways’ of seeking security. Costs of conflict and war continue to haunt us as voices call for a transformation in thinking about how to achieve real, lasting security.
The 21st Century of nations and economic systems is entering new territory, profound new security challenges are begin recognized. Warnings are being sounded, dire scenarios being written, the damage to our world escalating right in front of us.
Will we be capable of pivoting, turning from the old ways and stepping up with new strategies and tactics, new policies and solutions, before it is too late?
Strategic Demands was established to develop “New Definitions of National Security”. Our goal is to bringing together independent perspectives, to reach out and go beyond conventional thinking. to expand the national and global security debate.
Our ideas offer experience and a belief that the current Washington DC/New York/Boston corridor of policy think tanks is limited in its politics, caught in competition for influence and positions under U.S. Democrat and Republican administrations.
Our independent perspective offers independence, and draws from thinkers both left and right, Democrat and Republican, as well as major-minor parties such as the Greens and Libertarians.
We have taken into consideration several decades of polls that indicate U.S. voters have continued to trend toward identifying as “Independent”, neither Democrat or Republican. Over 40% of Americans now identify themselves as “Independent”.
Politics in the U.S. is profoundly changing. The Eisenhower 50’s era and its mushroom clouds of thermonuclear tests seem a distant memory. The lessons of nuclear ‘close-calls’, a flash-point Cold War and Vietnam’s disaster, are distant to most young citizens.
Capitalism prevailed, so goes what is now called “a meme”. Communism collapsed, over-extended, after one final decade-long war in Afghanistan.
Now, the U.S. is deeply engaged in Afghanistan, Iraq, across the Middle East and Near East, with trillions in war-related costs that have damaged the U.S. and international potential for constructive progress.
Challenges and paths to peace now must be envisioned. Global environmental challenges must be addressed. Economic disruptions must be seen as consequences and sustainable growth, a new “Eco-nomics”, must be sought out as a solutions. None of these challenges are being recognized with the gravity they deserve.
The U.S. itself faces over-extension due to constant war-mobilization. Approaching two decades of war in Afghanistan, three decades+ of war in the Middle East and estimates of $6 trillion+ having been spent in Afghanistan-Iraq wars, a fourth of the total U.S. national debt in now due to war appropriation spending beyond budgeted defense spending.
The cost of U.S. wars are underestimated. The effects of the war and war debt were a direct contributing cause of the 2007-2012 U.S. economic collapse. The nation’s limitations due to the costs of global conflict and war, beyond direct spending and appropriations, are incalculable. The human toll, lost opportunities, the war ‘brought home’, the public cynicism that anything other than constant war is possible all add up as a nation struggles.
And, as the Mid East continues its decades long meltdown, oil politics drives U.S. politicians, Israeli-Arab antagonisms have ended prospects of an enduring peace and so-called ‘two-state peace solution’, and a broad spectrum of security threats far beyond the Mid East are now in view. The vision of the U.S. is clouded though, reality-checks are missing as the history of failed U.S. military policies, trillions in mis-spending and mis-placed priorities have become an American legacy. Business-as-usual, hard power, military spending continues unabated.
Larger global challenges and national threats, environmental, nuclear, health, continue to be set aside as nations find themselves constrained by narrowed national interests, not common interests.
A post cold war nexus of global challenges, new old wars, and a new cold with Russia and now China are presenting multiple strategic questions — nuclear proliferation re-threatens the world as arms control treaties collapse. The world is getting hotter, the atmosphere hotter, land and oceans hotter, nuclear weapons threat hotter.
The news headlines of war, the latest invasion, or incursion, drone campaign, secret force action, provocation, or deployment diverts us. The evening news takes our vision away from a world with costs of human action, and inaction, that have yet to be accounted for or confronted. Strategic Demands will begin to address this lack of foresight and the need to strategically address larger security interests.
Strategic Demands will address both current military policies, failed wars, and international threats to ‘the Commons’. We will add our bits of data and awareness to the online world, posting and sharing. In effect, we will be rolling our e-press and reaching out to today’s and tomorrow’s world in every corner, latitude/longitude, wired and wireless.
Strategic Demands looks to the ‘big picture’ and look to keywords-key phrases, bursts of data and an virtual links, connections in the fast-evolving, democratizing Internet. While some look to access data for ulterior motives, we will access, edit, create and make available open source, open data from information troves that are rapidly becoming available.
How one sees the world, beginning with each of our Internet ‘home’ addresses, our ‘geo-locations’, is a beginning point to participation in a worldwide economy and politics.
When we’re online, we are shaping politics, government, and transactional markets — while governments watch and commercial interests monitor our metrics, patterns, and behavior. Billions of individuals are connected today as never before — a future shaped by networked citizens, Netizens — citizens of nations and ‘citizens of the planet.’ A global and local, national and interconnected worldview is possible and achievable.
Ours is a more complicated world, even as it is a more connected world.
As the United States, after decades of war and debilitating failed militarism looks to finding new answers, Strategic Demands speaks of civil liberties and civil rights, an expanding rights agenda and an integral security that joins the nations and peoples of the world in a common cause — global security to confront global threats.
Strategic Demands sees global challenges as three-fold: Geo-political, geo-environmental and geo-economic.
What happens politically in any part of the planet has a rippling physics that impact other parts. Military actions, politics by ‘other means’, have effects and consequences that range far from fields of battle. Generational ‘blowback’ is not to be ignored as war and peace decisions are made.
The interconnectedness that the environmental movement focuses on transcends narrow interests. Economic waves cross markets in an instant affecting all markets as, with every point globally, the world is brought closer by networked communication.
Initiatives in one community on one continent can become, via the Internet, a model for similar initiatives in communities globally. Forward-looking ideas and policies can be shared across borders.
New security issues are coming into view and Strategic Demands looks to meet these challenges with a new vision of security.
The time has come to rethink security and to move beyond failed policies of the past.