As the new administration continues to form its upper echelon of appointees, it’s an appropriate time to recall a core mission in foreign and domestic policy — security as a highest goal. In this pursuit of ‘national security’, it is time to remember how security must be pursued in the 21st century
Category: National Security
October 27, 2016 — The United Nations today adopted a landmark resolution to launch negotiations in 2017 on a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. This historic decision heralds an end to two decades of paralysis in multilateral nuclear disarmament efforts.
At StratDem we look out at the security horizon and continue our attempt to develop “New Definitions of National Security” with an emphasis on bringing together “Environment Security with National Security”. Today we look at two key executive presidential actions in this regard, and a poll of American voters on likelihood of nuclear weapons use […]
As the US presidential campaign races toward a November resolution, the issue of foreign policy and definitions of national security occasionally step to the front of stage as candidates share their ‘world views’. Today, candidate Clinton spoke to the American Legion and shared her world view how she would continue America’s ‘exceptionalism’
How can last week’s action by the US House of Representatives Republican majority to block the Pentagon’s national security work be described? Experts are attempting to decipher the straight party line vote and Grand Old Party’s denial of rising threats. Perhaps a quote from the American Security Project best describes the hard line vote: “Crazy.”
One has to ask after watching this week’s foreign policy speech from candidate Clinton, billed as a “major” policy presentation, where were the foreign policies and national security positions? The speech was an unrelenting attack on candidate Trump, yes, but Clinton tough talk and a ‘new neo-con’ confrontational foreign policy remains a major issue
With perspective, given the history of Jeffrey Goldberg, the US President grants exceptional access with lengthy interviews and the result is the April issue of Atlantic, headlined “The Obama Doctrine“. It’s worth reading — and reflecting on how the President sees ‘existential threats’
May 2015 Undercutting Security: Congress Moves to Eviscerate Earth Science Programs. Straight party-line vote sends draconian NASA budget cuts out of committee to the House floor
On the BZhRK rail missiles — and escalation The announcement of a re-introduction of nuclear missiles-on-rails brings another ratcheting up in a renewed Cold War even as the START Treaty is threatened and negotiations to downsize nuclear weapons slows — BZhRK pronounced berserk (From the Free Dictionary) : [ber-surk, -zurk]
Enhanced and extended via Environmental Security policy, 21st Century definitions…
Consider these facts regarding the U.S. Department of Defense: · U.S. military operations represent the largest consumer of all forms of energy globally… · U.S. troops in Afghanistan pay the equivalent of $400 per gallon of fossil fuel when security, transportation and mortality costs are tallied up…
CITIZENFOUR February 22, 2015 Citizenfour wins Oscar at the Academy Awards Acceptance Speech Why Citizenfour deserved its Oscar / New Yorker Feb 23, 2015 – Reddit AMA / Citizenfour–Snowden-Greenwald-Poitras -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- October 2014 “Most people think… it won’t happen to me… and I have nothing to hide… It’s always the same argument.” Premiere Oct 10 Trailer […]
Environmental Security… National Security… “National Security” demands an expanded definition going forward into the 21st century as a result of changing environmental conditions, the dynamics of interactive networks, and new means and open methods of sharing critical environmental information.