New Definitions of National Security



Overarching #StrategicDemands

Envisioning strategic connections between national security and environmental security 


Strategic Demands holds that the 21st century calls for “New Definitions of National Security”. A top priority must be to look beyond the threats of the past — ongoing conflicts that take our eyes away from a gathering storm… escalating, existential threats of environmental disruption, a recharged nuclear arms race with a next generation of “usable” weapon systems, and gathering storm of interrelated national and global crises.


“Surviving Victory” Conference / Strategic Alternatives / Washington DC


The “Surviving Victory” conference in 2006 formed a foundational beginning for today’s “Strategic Demands”.

The security conference was based on a forward-looking intelligence brief written and published in 2005 by Roger Morris and Steven Schmidt.


Strategic Demands of the 21st Century: A New Vision for a New World


For a decade now (2017), Strategic Demands has continued to explore larger issues of national and global security.



Essential security threads in our work can be traced to “whole earth” issues and NASA earth science/atmospheric science studies.

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.



Environmental Security ↔ National Security


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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National Security & Environmental Security


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Environmental Security / US Politics


Undercutting Security / Congress and Trump Administration Act


“The Trump Doctrine”, a Legacy in the Making



“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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The Security Horizon


National Security: Placed at Risk by

Undercutting Environmental Security Policy & Practices


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Nuclear Weapons


Trillion Dollar US Modernization/Expansion

New Nuclear Arms Race, Proliferation, Risks ≠ National, Global, or Environmental Security



Nuclear Issues / Cold War 2.0






Environment & National Security


Planet Citizen

Strategic Demands / Environmental Security




Security Era / #EarthScience from Space

Earth Right Now / NASA Earth Science

Earth Science from Space


OCO-2 / Historic C02 monitoring

OCO-2/Mission: Environmental Security




“Thin Blue” /

Overview: “Look at how thin our atmosphere is…”

National Security – Global Security, the “Commons”