Envisioning strategic connections / National security & Environmental security
Strategic Demands in the 21st century call for “New Definitions of National Security”. A top priority must be to look beyond the threats of the past and failed policies that take our eyes away from a gathering storm… the existential threats of environmental disruption; an escalating nuclear arms race with a next generation of “usable” weapon systems; and a breakdown of international agreements. Warning signs abound in a darkening security horizon.
The “Surviving Victory” conference in 2006 formed a foundational beginning for “Strategic Demands”.
For over a decade, Strategic Demands has continued to explore larger issues of national and global security. In association with GreenPolicy360, we are challenging current national security policies and beginning with our initial policy work and conferences, we are advancing a new 21st Century vision of national security to bring about global security.
Essential security in our work looks to international security, “whole earth” relations going beyond a limited ‘nationalism’ that has been responsible for centuries of war. The view of Strategic Demands and GreenPolicy360 find a new vision in the connectivity that is spreading via the global internet — and new realizations and earth science made possible by unprecedented earth research from space and data.
These missions which began in the 1970’s are, in effect, a first generation of technology to ‘go global’, to study earth’s life-enabling systems; monitor environmental change for critical policy decisions and pass forward this data to future generations. Data is critical to understand how best to protect and assure common security, nationally and internationally across borders.
Beyond the confines of national borders is a sphere of the Commons, a 360° security. Earth imaging/monitoring missions are just beginning to observe, measure and share data internationally to enable visionary policy. Within the U.S. security establishment it is essential to provide intelligence to policy makers and the public to determine priorities and policy in alignment with knowledge, science, and risks. The stakes are high even as steps backward are being proposed and taken.
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“Republicans in the House and Senate attempt to cut NASA Earth Science…”
GOP Attacks Earth Science At NASA, Climate Change Research In Peril
On May 1, 2015, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Dr. John P. Holdren issued the following statement on proposed funding cuts to NASA’s critical Earth science and space technology programs:
“If enacted, the NASA authorization bill headed to the House floor later this month would do serious damage to the Nation’s space program, as well as to Earth-observation and Earth-science programs essential for predicting, preparing for, and minimizing the damage from disasters both natural and human-induced…
“The House bill would also gut the NASA “mission to planet Earth”—the satellite observations and related research that provide key measurements and insights relevant to forecasting and tracking hurricanes, fighting wildfires, observing the state of the world’s farms and forests, mapping the extent of droughts, measuring the stocks of groundwater, and monitoring the likelihood of landslides. The draconian cuts in the House bill would also delay advances in our ability to research and prepare for volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis and blind us to changes in the Earth’s oceans and ice sheets that can be discerned only from space.
“NASA’s mission to observe, understand, and explore the solar system and the cosmos beyond has long been matched in importance by its mission to use the unrivaled vantage point of Earth orbit for looking downward, to better understand the only home that humanity currently has. It is difficult to understand why, at this time of U.S. leadership in both the outward-facing and inward-facing facets of NASA’s operations in space, the Congress would want to undermine that leadership and sacrifice the panoply of benefits it brings to the Nation.”
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Trillion Dollar US Modernization/Expansion
New Nuclear Arms Race, Proliferation, Risks ≠ National, Global, or Environmental Security
Strategic Demands / Environmental Security
OCO-2 / Historic C02 monitoring