A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the failure of the Federal Aviation Administration in the lead up to 9/11 and the failure of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to properly regulate the nuclear power industry. Now we’ve gone from the ridiculous to the sublime. Kim Jong Un has threatened to conduct a nuclear electromagnetic pulse missile test over the Pacific. Hawaii and Guam have issued warnings and distributed guidance to their citizens regarding precautions to take in the event of such an attack. The situation is dire because our government has failed to heed a decade of warnings from the Congressional Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack. A nuclear EMP attack would destroy electronics everywhere and black out our electric grid for an extended period. It would cripple the critical infrastructure necessary to maintain modern civilization. Our nuclear power plants would lose the electricity required to cool reactor cores and spent fuel pools. They would overheat and begin to spread toxins in about three weeks. The EMP Commission has said that millions of Americans would die from starvation, disease and the resulting societal collapse.
Over the weekend, in a dim corner of Washington D.C. and in a quiet recess of the Pentagon, a national security tragedy occurred with little notice or fanfare. On Sept. 30, the Congressional Commission to Assess the Threat of Electromagnetic Pulse to the United States of America (or EMP Commission) was shut down indefinitely. Since 2000, the EMP Commission, an unpaid team of leading scientists, engineers, and security experts has worked tirelessly to test, understand, and uncover risks posed to our nation’s civil and military infrastructure by Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP). EMP is a well known physical electromagnetic phenomena generated by a nuclear or special weapon or coronial mass ejection (CME).
“Rogue state” is a self-deluding Western foreign policy term that has helped China eschew responsibility for enabling North Korea’s aggressive nuclear weaponization, and it is time to call China a sponsor of lawless North Korean behavior that it has a duty to reverse, including irresponsible nuclear proliferation. Other Western terms for North Korea have included “outlaw” and “renegade” – terms that focused responsibility on the Kim Dynasty and minimized China’s role as North Korea’s top trade, aid, and political sponsor. Outlaw, rogue, and renegade replaced Cold War terms such as proxy, client, and satellite in the lexicon of U.S. administrations eager to put the 20th Century Cold War behind them.
Radicalization and violent extremism are topics of concern that have become much more pronounced in recent years (Sedgwick, 2010), and radicalization can be defined as the development of extremist ideologies and beliefs (Borum, 2011). Many factors influence individuals to turn from nonviolent to violent ideologies, including propaganda on the Internet (Maher, 2007), social networks and communications with other extremists (Sageman, 2004), political leaders and authority figures (Moghaddam, 2005), and intergroup conflict (McCauley & Moskalenko, 2011). Any of these factors individually, or a combination thereof, may contribute as catalysts for heightened radicalization (Bubolz & Simi, 2015).
History will remember 2016 as a challenging year for America. Be it economic upheavals and civil disorder, or national security and cultural challenges, almost every corner of our society and our democratic way of life was tested. Not surprisingly, a great deal of the chaos we continue to endure has one root cause – a failure as a society to develop leaders with integrity. While our society struggles to re-establish its footing, the American Leadership & Policy Foundation stayed the course with an uncompromising determination to develop leaders who put America’s citizens before themselves. However, this has not been easy. Our foundation, too, has encountered many of the challenges confronting wider society. Notwithstanding, our vision remains fixed on service before self.
Mr. Brian Sullivan, an ALPF Senior Fellow, received the medal for conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his own life above and beyond the call of duty during state service. Sullivan was recognized this week when the state unveiled a plaque naming all eight recipients of the award at National Guard headquarters at Hanscom Air Force Base.
Dear Friends and Staff: Although many of us at the American Leadership & Policy Foundation are currently serving in deployed locations around the world, the outstanding work of this foundation, your foundation, continues daily! I’m proud to see the progress we are making in providing our nation’s leaders with essential information they require on our most pressing policy issues. In months ahead, ALPF will rollout one of the nation’s first anti-radicalization programs aimed at protecting our children and youth – Children Protected from Radicalization (CPR). CPR will be led by a team of terrorism, anti-radicalization, and social science experts from ALPF along with NGO and federal law enforcement partners. I would like to say thank you to our fellows Dr. Laura Kohr and soon to be Dr. Kerry O’ Brien-Smith, for helping lead and develop this ambitious and timely program.
It’s “the state of forming a complete and pleasing whole, especially in an artistic context” according to Google, and to Merriam-Webster it’s “a way of combining the parts in a work of art or literature so that they seem to belong together.” It’s what has made our nation strong, and a lack of it will lead to our demise. Can you guess what it is? I’ll tell you what it isn’t: diversity.
American Leadership and Policy Foundation to co-host Texas Grid Security Summit to address emerging threat to national security. This summit will address the Texas electric grid’s vulnerability to electromagnetic pulse (EMP), geomagnetic solar storms and cyber attacks as well as discuss emergency preparedness and emerging protective technologies. It will also highlight current and future state and federal legislative EMP protection and electric grid security efforts.
The American Leadership & Policy Foundation (ALPF) attended Missouri State Lincoln Days in force this weekend in St. Louis (February 26-28, 2016)! Each year, Missouri hosts a State Lincoln Days, where nearly 1,000 politically and civically engaged individuals gather to collaborate, discuss new ideas, and engage with political leaders at the local, state, and federal level. With an important presidential election impending, it is critical to get involved, engage, and debate, regardless of political affiliation. America’s future hangs in the balance!
Does the decline of the Roman Empire portend America’s? The eighteenth century historian Edward Gibbon once wrote, “The long peace, and the uniform government of the Romans, introduced a slow and secret poison into the vitals of the empire. The minds of men were gradually reduced to the same level, the fire of genius was extinguished, and even the military spirit evaporated. Decline of genius was soon followed by corruption…” Given the present condition of our civil society and the threats we face both within and without, some modern leaders and scholars have drawn relatable parallels between United States and Rome in its final days. But is this the case?
David Stuckenberg is the Founder and Chairman of the American Leadership and Policy Foundation and a veteran military instructor pilot with over 900 combat hours flying intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and transport aircraft.
Stephen Dupuis is a Board Member and Sr. Fellow at the American Leadership and Policy Foundation. As a USAF officer and veteran B-52 bomber aircrew, Stephen has spent his career leading airmen and ensuring the continuity of America’s strategic military deterrence.