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New Definitions of National Security
- New Definitions of National & Global Security
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- Environmental Security ↔ National Security
National Security: Enhanced & Extended via Environmental Security Policy & Practices
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SJS / Siterunner:
Over the decades, in my political work, I have endeavored to develop "new definitions of national security."
In the late 1960s, inspired by the nascent moments of the modern environmental movement, with images from an Apollo mission of the Earth rising from beyond the moon, a life-changing January 1969 cover of Life Magazine, and 'Whole Earth' realizations being shared for the first time, I began my involvement in larger strategic questions. My political mentor George E. Brown and new relationships with thoughtful figures such as Dan Ellsberg at Rand Institute in Santa Monica brought insight into war and peace and challenged me. The opportunity to become involved in the first Earth Day expanded my vision greatly and I began to explore connections between environmental security and international, global affairs.
Today, almost fifty years on, I continue with a goal of creating a security paradigm as a way of thinking, a school of thought that draws from thinkers who taught me to see the big picture and attempt to bring understanding of a 'real security' horizon to light.
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US House of Representatives Majority Party Says 'No' to Pentagon Prepping for Climate Impacts/Disruption
NASA Earth Sciences 2016 Budget No Longer Cut $500 Million
The final budget bill provides $1.92 billion for Earth Science research, just $20 million less than the President's original budget request. The cut is slight compared to initial GOP budget cuts proposed in the House and Senate which had slashed as much as $500 million from the President's request.
NASA administrator Charles Bolden argued before Congress this summer and fall that it was critical to increase the size of NASA's Earth Science programs.
Under the newly passed Fiscal Year 2016 NASA Budget, virtually all of the agency’s programs benefit with either full or added funding.
- Undercutting Security, US Congress Committees Move to Cut Earth Science Research
Earth Science, NASA Climate Change Research In Peril
Phil Plait: There’s no other way to put this, so I’ll be succinct: A passel of anti-science global warming denying GOP representatives have put together a funding authorization bill for NASA that at best cuts more than $300 million from the agency’s current Earth science budget. At worst? More than $500 million.
In an op-ed in The Hill, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, wrote that the GOP members of the committee didn't even give the writeup of the bill to Democrats on the committee until very late last week, indicating the GOP members are not operating in good faith on this issue.
Rep. Eddie Johnson: Despite the fact that in January NASA announced 2014 was likely the warmest year since 1880, it should come as no surprise that the majority wants to cut funding for climate science. Embarrassingly, just last week, every single Republican member of this committee present voted against the notion that climate change might be caused by people.
Rep Donna Edwards (D-Md.): [T]he bill puts at risk 10,000 jobs at Goddard and would have “huge, deep, lasting” impacts... “I will not stand by quietly and enable that to happen.”
Rep Donna F Edwards @repdonnaedwards Apr 30 (2/2) My amendment to restore half a billion dollars in @NASA #EarthScience cuts defeated along party lines.
Rep Donna F Edwards @repdonnaedwards Apr 30 Disappointed that @HouseScience Committee leadership passed a partisan bill today which guts @NASA #EarthScience programs. (1/2)
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 bill’s cuts to space-technology development would not only risk continued U.S leadership in the space industry, but would also impede progress on precisely those technologies—on-orbit refueling, advanced space propulsion, radiation protection in deep space, and more—needed to make crewed missions to deep space a reality. In the absence of robust investments to bring these technologies into being, the goal of sending U.S. astronauts to Mars in the 2030s could be in jeopardy.
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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