Mr. Jordan LeDuc of the Philosophy Sandwich interviews ALPF Chairman David Stuckenberg in the following article “A Look Into The ALPF”.
Chernobyl, Fukushima, Three-Mile Island, to name a few. These are a few of the locations where nuclear mishaps and utter disasters and tragedies have occurred. Now imagine these events happening more than three hundred times within eight minutes of each other close to home?
According to the American Leadership and Policy Foundation (ALPF), this is an event that is not just restricted to within our imaginations. In a report outlining U.S. nuclear infrastructure vulnerabilities to various geo-magnetic disturbances, hacking, and pointed EMP attacks, the ALPF outlines the scope and cost of potential damages if measures are not taken.
The Texas Grid Security Summit of 2016 was an event in where Texas’ legislators were presented with critical analysis of modern and special threats to the energy grid. The Summit was an invitational where experts from various fields gathered to share their perspectives of vulnerabilities of, and improvements to, the energy grid as a whole.
The ALPF was invited to co-host the above event in an effort to address rising risks to national security. Texas Senator Bob Hall extended the invitation to the ALPF after the report on EMP vulnerabilities in the U.S. issued a call to action to address the topics highlighted within the report.
But exactly what is the ALPF’s motivation? According to Chairman and Founder David Stuckenberg its purpose is, “To create the antithesis of the propagandist industry which has corrupted the information culture of America. It is rife with biased and lobbied information.”
Stuckenberg elaborates, “Lobbyists own scientists who produce results for sizeable paychecks that favor their funder’s interests. The objective is getting to the truth no matter what. We wish to create a millennial movement wherein people return to decision making based on informed and critical thought based in fact.”
This may raise the question of just who is behind the wheel of this organization’s ambitious goal? Aside from this list of fellows, the ALPF desires divergent thought processes and a very broad member base “…from student through to professor…” states Stuckenberg, where “…creative ideas are developed on a broad level.”
Another ALPF report, published by Harvard Law National Security Journal, was one of the first to highlight the security risk of drones in U.S. airspace. Tying into vulnerabilities and exploitations of grey areas in policies, this report addresses how drones can be used to bypass an estimated 680 billion dollars in physical security.
As a result of the report above, the FAA implemented stronger policy and the Federal government passed a registry for common ‘drone’ components. Furthermore, multinational agencies have started researching and developing physical defense against drones.
When asked what some of the desired characteristics are within ALPF fellows, Stuckenberg responded, “… passionate, dedicated and duty-bound to help get America back on track. Make the Government work for us again. I am duty bound to use the experience and expertise of people and fellows to solve these issues. We must take a different approach.”
The structure of the ALPF is designed as a fellowship, with a chair. There is the Executive board which discuss fundraising, [501(c)(3) non-profit], projects, direction, etc. The Sr. Fellows possess great educational, practical, professional, and political experience whom mentor and contribute to the organization, Fellows and Jr. Fellows.
Overall, the ALPF is a very young organization daring to make big waves in the American Socio-Political hemisphere with, according to Stuckenberg, every intention of staying true to its core values among a corrupt information culture to provide unbiased, critical information so legislators and the American people can make informed decisions and implement policies that will water the tree of liberty.