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).
The debate surrounding the extent to which America is vulnerable to both man-made or naturally occurring electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and natural geomagnetic disturbance (GMD) has become superheated. To some, the dangers these phenomena pose are believed to be existential, while others portray EMP defense advocates as mad and believe its dangers unfounded or debatable. However, Duke Energy Corp. recently became an advocate for EMP/GMD defense by releasing its plan to link multiple power stations in an effort to create resiliency for its operations and customers. What is the root of the debate? The answer, as with many emerging national security issues, is nuanced and complex.
At the conclusion of World War II, Gen. Henry H. “Hap” Arnold made a prediction: “We have just won a war with a lot of heroes flying around in planes. The next war may be fought by airplanes with no men in them at all. … It will be different from anything the world has ever seen.”
His timing wasn’t exact, but he was prescient. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, weren’t used in the next war, but they have been deployed extensively in the global struggle against terrorism and extremist ideologies. And now we have to be careful they’re not used against U.S. interests by terrorists who modify civilian drones.
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?
ALPF Urges Licensing, Background Checks for Drone Operators As published Nov 03, 2015, by Government Security News. For full version click By Steve Bittenbender, GSN As the Transportation Secretary waits on the findings from a task force looking at how to establish a registration system for unmanned aircraft, a public policy organization is calling on Congress to […]
We are not the only generation of Americans to face overwhelming odds. In 1777, the American Colonial bid for independence teetered on failure. At Valley Forge, Washington’s army dangled by a thread; diplomatic relations between the French and colonists had stalled; and elsewhere, the Continental Army experienced strategic losses including the British occupation of Philadelphia – America’s largest city.
The hope of freedom was fading. Within the Continental Congress, some leaders began resigning the cause to fate. What turned the table on hopelessness?
While Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia and Egypt remain faltering democracies, no nation’s declension is more alarming than Turkey’s – a key Western ally that has enjoyed stability for more than five decades. In 2013, Turkey’s internal struggles made international headlines when hundreds of thousands of citizens gathered in the nation’s largest cities to protest against Erdoğan’s impingements on everything from freedom of the press to freedom of assembly. But the crackdown was not confined to the political realm.
On 15 May, 2015, the American Leadership and Policy Foundation (ALPF) had the distinct honor of announcing the J.H. Meyer-Ronald Reagan Legacy in Leadership Scholarship. The $2,500.00 per year scholarship will be awarded to ALPF interns and Jr. Fellows who demonstrate excellence in civic service and leadership.
ALPF Fellows Discuss the value of strategic and critical thinking and it’s role in our complex and modern society, Skype interview May 9, 2015, on Thinking Strategically (Podcast). Timothy Williamson, host of Thinking Strategically, interviews ALPF Chairman David Stuckenberg and Research Fellow and Technology Team Lead Ryan Hinkley. As the complexity of America’s infrastructure, technology, and society increases there has been a tendency towards homogeny of […]
The chairman of the American Leadership and Policy Foundation, David Stuckenberg, is a military pilot who writes about airspace security. Speaking via Skype, he said the present safety systems are inadequate. “We need to understand that we’ve been lucky and as technology increases and as drones proliferate people will increasingly look at these as weapons of opportunity or technologies that can be adapted for ill intent.”
ALPF Chairman David Stuckenberg and Director of Communications David Liapis speak on Spokane Washington’s KJRB 790 RADIO- about the civil-unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Pealing away the media rhetoric, Stuckenberg and Liapis hone in on the core civic issues at play amid an unprecedented period of civil-unrest near St Louis, Missouri.
Today, most of federal agencies have fortified, barricaded, and closed off to the public – the public they exist to serve. Have you ever tried walking into the Department of Commerce, the Department of Health and Human Services or some other federal agency? Don’t bother… you’ll hardly get a foot through the door. Why? Because government has forgotten it depends on the people for survival. There was once a time when it meant something to be a “U.S. tax payer.”