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Friday, August 13, 2004

HOMEPLANET DEFENSE BRIEFING
Vol. 2. No. 1 - August 2004
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QUOTES TO CONSIDER
“…9/11 has taught us that terrorism against American interests ‘over there’ should be regarded just as we regard terrorism against America ‘over here.’ In this sense, the American homeland is the planet.”
THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: FINAL REPORT OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES, Chapter 12, “What to do? A Global Strategy,” p. 362.

“…there is no graduate school for analysts. It’s about experience and imagination…we may need to bring folks out of retirement.”
Tom Ridge testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 26, 2002 concerning the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.

See also “Protection of Infrastructure, Commerce and Leisure in the Heartland: Observances and Recommendations for Strengthening the Interface of Response between Citizens and their Government.”
Independent Study on Homeland Security, Martin A. Schwab, Master Degree Candidate, Security and Intelligence Studies, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, October 17, 2002. www.homeplanetdefense.org/On%20Homeland%20Security.pdf

“This [9/11] was a global intelligence failure.”
Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kansas on Fox News, Friday, July 9, 2004 11:22 am.

“Recognizing the difficulties inherent in investigating terrorism cases in an international environment, the Secretary General of Interpol has created the Interpol Fusion Task Force, to initiate and develop multi-disciplinary methodology in order to assist member countries in their terrorism-related investigations.” See also “The Fusion Task Force.” www.interpol.int/Public/FusionTaskForce/default.asp


HOMEPLANET DEFENSE: Countering 8 Threats to Global Civilization
1) Rapid climate change.
2) Global pandemics.
3) Neglect of asteroids/comets on Earth crossing orbits and man made
space debris.
4) Regional water scarcity affecting global political stability.
5) Hyper social stratification – especially between the northern and
southern hemispheres.
6) Auto annihilation of the human species by the growing number of
nuclear powers.
7) Coordinated attacks on G8 countries by those who subscribe to anti-
modernity agendas.
8) Child survival rates past age 5 and child soldiering.

This list was constructed by asking: 1) What has the greatest potential to destroy human civilization within the next century? 2) By defending against, what has the greatest potential to transform and terminate existing conflicts among peoples, individual persons and corporations?


OVERVIEW OF ANALYTICAL METHODOLOGY:
Critical analysis of select quarterly journals to 24 cable and electronic news services.

Stakeholder analysis of scientists, engineers, academics, policy-makers, business communities and militaries.

Cross-disciplinary analysis of celestial endeavors, human sovereignty, societal structures and world regions (including those of Mars and Earth’s moon to be explored).

Study of the continuum of human conflict from instigation, propagation, management, resolution, prevention, transformation and elimination.

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March 2004 - Volume 1, Number 10.
Peace on Earth through endeavor in space
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CONTENTS:
Proceedings of HDI Open Seminar 2: Planetary Defense against Asteroids and Comets: Achievable through the Transformation of NORAD, NATO or NASA? January 20, 2004.
Inaugural Elihu Root Open Seminar on Peace and Prosperity
HDI speaker series
Quotes to consider

Proceedings of HDI Open Seminar 2: Planetary Defense against Asteroids and Comets: Achievable through the Transformation of NORAD, NATO or NASA? January 20, 2004: www.homeplanetdefense.org/HDI%20January%202004%20Proceedings.pdf

Inaugural Elihu Root Open Seminar on Peace and Prosperity:
McLean, VA. On Fridays, March 19 (this Friday) and 26 (next Friday) from 2:00pm to 3:00pm, take an hour at the end of your work week and engage in a group discussion in the new conference center at Teqcorner. Examine how Root’s times are relevant to our own in terms of American influence and acceptance around the globe. Directions to Teqcorner are available at www.teqcorner.com/directions.html. + Free selection of international coffees “brewed fresh in 30 seconds.” See www.keurig.com

Among other accomplishments, Root served as U.S. Secretary of War (1899-1904), U.S. Secretary of State (1905-9), U.S. Senator (1909-15) and was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1912. Root believed that the cause of war sprang from the uncivilized side of human nature and that world peace would evolve naturally as humankind became increasingly unwilling to tolerate the horrors and cruelty of war.

Root was a firm supporter of international arbitration while maintaining that no international body could impose and enforce peace. Still, after World War I, Root supported the establishment of the League of Nations but was unable to persuade other American political leaders to approve U.S. membership in that organization. To read more of Root’s own words and to see a great picture of Root, go to: www.homeplanetdefense.org/new_page_1.htm.

HDI speaker series:
Arlington, VA. In conjunction with 6 other futurists speaking on other topics from the World Future Society, Martin Schwab will deliver an address entitled “The Future of Planetary Defense” on Saturday, March 20, 2004 as part of the inaugural Capital Science 2004 conference. This conference is presented by the Washington Academy of Sciences and its Affiliated Societies, of which the World Future Society is a member. Capital Science 2004 will be held on the weekend of March 20-21at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd. at the Ballston Metro Stop. See also: www.washacadsci.org/Website/Index.htm

Washington, D.C. On April 7, Martin Schwab will meet with 22 undergraduate business students (mostly international students from Germany, France, Columbia and Japan) at the International Business & Trade Semester of the Washington Semester & World Capitals Programs of American University. Mr. Schwab will be representing the National Capital Region Chapter of the World Future Society (www.natcapwfs.org) and will present an interdisciplinary overview of the future of nanotechnology, energy and the environment.

Dayton, OH. On April 22, 2004 Martin Schwab will address the Engineers Club of Dayton on “The 13 Elements of Planetary Defense.” More details forthcoming…


Quotes to consider:
“Postimagining – the imagining of things that are past…Preimagining – the imagining of things that are to be.” Leonardo DaVinci.

“Happiness and prosperity are now within our reach: But to attain and preserve them must depend upon our own wisdom and virtue.” George Mason, 1783.

“Peace through overwhelming firepower.”
Bumper sticker in the parking lot of Chilis Restaurant, Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.

“Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.” John F. Kennedy

“The two most abundant elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.”
Bumper sticker in the parking lot of TGI Friday’s, Springfield, Virginia.

“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Vince Lombardi

“The winner says: ‘It may be difficult but it’s possible.’ The loser says: ‘It may be possible but it’s too difficult.’ Be a winner!” Vince Lombardi
“Luck is the residue of design.” Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers
I am a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it. Thomas Jefferson


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February 2004 - Volume 1, Number 9.
Ensuring the preservation of life on Earth for exploration beyond…
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CONTENTS:
On object 2004 AS1
Open Seminar 2: Planetary Defense against Asteroids and Comets: Introduction to the proceedings - due to be published in early to mid March.
HDI speaker series
Quotes to consider: Soren Kierkegaard, William Langewiesche of the Atlantic Monthly and Boston

On object 2004 AS1:
Object 2004 AS1 was determined by some scientists on January 13, 2004 to have a 25 percent chance of hitting Earth’s northern hemisphere within 36 hours. Absent from most of the initial discussion has been the following:

1) Composition of the object in addition to trajectory and velocity.
2) The need for space based optical detection, inspection and redirection capabilities in addition to ground based optical detection in both the northern and southern hemispheres.
3) The need for an international command and control architecture so that planetary defense means are not interpreted by fellow nation states as hostile “weapons in space.”
4) Recognition of the possibility that global citizens, without adequate governmental protection are not necessarily prone to panic when faced with facts as they are known during a crisis. This possibility was evidenced by the notably tempered reaction by citizens of New York City during the power blackout of August 2003.
5) Given that amateur astronomers consistently allay government confusion with their optical detections (as occurred in this case) there is no real discussion of the proper role for private sector capability as governments remain derelict in their primary duty to prepare for the common defense of the citizenry.

For more details on object 2004 AS1, see: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/science/nature/3517319.stm and www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=37286
Open Seminar 2:
Planetary Defense against Asteroids and Comets:
Achievable through the Transformation of
NORAD, NATO or NASA?
Tuesday, January 20, 2004 - 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Washington, D.C.
The participants explored possible architectures and deployment mechanisms (both technical and political) for such a transformation.

PARTICIPANTS:
Eric Dahlstrom, InternationalSpace.com
Mark Lupisella, Advanced Concepts Researcher, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Thomas Meylan, Ph.D, Corporate Facilitator, Evolving Success, Hyattsville, Maryland
Roy C. Pettis, Jr., Science Advisor, Office of Strategic and Theater Defenses, Bureau of Arms Control, U.S. Department of State
Jakub Ryzenko, Institute of International Relations, Warsaw University, Poland
Derek Webber, Director, Spaceport Associates
Doug Witherspoon, President, HyperV Technologies Corp.
Brigadier General Simon P. Worden (USAF)
Director of the Office of Transformation,
Space and Missile Systems Center/Los Angeles Air Force Base

MODERATOR:
Martin Schwab, Director, Homeplanet Defense Institute

INTRODUCTION TO THE PROCEEDINGS (to be published in early to mid March):
Martin Schwab, Director, Homeplanet Defense Institute (HDI) officially convened HDI Open Seminar 2 at 6:15pm. Mr. Schwab read from a series of quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr., noting the significance of the meeting space named in his honor and that it coincided with the date that immediately followed Martin Luther King, Jr. day on Monday, January 19. The quotes read were as follows:

First, Schwab noted the title of Dr. King’s 1963 work was entitled Why We Can’t Wait and drew the parallel to the impetus for Open Seminar 2 being held on the topic of planetary defense – a topic considered by many as not mature for academic discussion only a few years ago.

Schwab then quoted Dr. King’s statement made in the August 1967 edition of Harper’s Magazine:

For years I labored with the idea of reforming the existing institutions of the society, a little here, a little there. Now I feel quite differently. I think you’ve got to have a reconstruction of the entire society, a revolution of values.

Schwab then read from less well known sections of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech; noting similarities in rhetoric with President George W. Bush’s recent and historic declaration that “human beings are headed into the Cosmos” in conjunction with his September 2002 National Security Strategy of the United States where the president calls on America to “Champion Aspirations for Human Dignity.”

…We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy…We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force…for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back...

Schwab then elaborated on how he had come into contact with all of the panelists and why he had invited each one to contribute to the evening’s discussion. He also shared with those in attendance his expectations of the process of the open seminar – that after one half hour of the panelists purposely engaging each other in back and forth and free ranging discussion that the audience would be encouraged to raise their hands, to be called upon at his discretion. Schwab then explained more of the goals and objectives of HDI as a living organization dedicated to establishing a sub-field of practice that he has defined as:

Interdisciplinary Conflict Transformation

Schwab emphasized that the above endeavor of HDI is a merger between the field of interdisciplinary studies with a sub set of the field of conflict resolution known as conflict transformation – noting with deference the use of the word transformation in Brig. General Simon P. Worden’s above mentioned office. Schwab concluded his opening remarks by reminding the panelists and the audience that this seminar on planetary defense was to differentiate itself from others by addressing “the political science behind the science,” primarily as they relate to best practices of international joint command and control that will be needed for an effective planetary defense regime.

The seminar was not to focus on the usual planetary defense issues: current threat assessments, near misses, media reporting issues or the science of understanding the nature of asteroids and comets. He reiterated the final conclusion of the September 3-6, 2002 NASA Workshop on Scientific Requirements for Mitigation of Hazardous Comets and Asteroids held in Arlington, VA:

That government and international policy makers act now to formulate and publish an agreed upon chain of responsibility for action in the event that an Earth-threatening object is discovered.

See also: www.noao.edu/meetings/mitigation/report.html.

HDI speaker series:
Arlington, VA. In conjunction with 6 other futurists speaking on other topics from the World Future Society, Martin Schwab will deliver an address entitled “The Future of Planetary Defense” on Saturday, March 20, 2004 as part of the inaugural Capital Science 2004 conference. This conference is presented by the Washington Academy of Sciences and its Affiliated Societies, of which the World Future Society is a member. Capital Science 2004 will be held on the weekend of March 20-21at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd. at the Ballston Metro Stop. See also: www.washacadsci.org/Website/Index.htm

Dayton, OH. On April 22, 2004 Martin Schwab will address the Engineers Club of Dayton on “The 13 Elements of Planetary Defense.” More details forthcoming…

Quotes to consider:
“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.” Soren Kierkegaard

“…the American public is more sophisticated than the space community has given it credit for…the public might well be presented with a question now asked only of insiders – not whether there are immediate benefits to be gleaned from a human presence in space but, more fundamentally, whether we are to be a two-planet species…” William Langewiesche, “A Two Planet Species? The right way to think about our space program,” The Atlantic Monthly, January/February 2004.

“…Headin where we decide on. And I know that there’s somethin that’s just out of sight. And I feel like we’re tryin to do something right… Hold on tight – We’re ready! – We’re ready – Come on – We can find a way – We’re ready now – We’re ready now – We’re ready now,” Boston, “We’re Ready,” Third Stage, Written by T. Scholz, Copyright 1986. MCA Records. “Third Stage” is an all-analog recording using no synthesizers.


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January 2004 - Volume 1, Number 8.
Peace on Earth through endeavor in space
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CONTENTS: *Open Seminar 2 *Excerpts from speech by Martin Schwab, Director, HDI *Link of the month *Lyric to consider

Open Seminar 2:
On Tuesday, January 20, 2004 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Open Seminar 2 will be the first in a series on planetary defense. January’s event is entitled: Planetary Defense against Asteroids and Comets: Achievable through the Transformation of NORAD, NATO or NASA? The seminar is free and open to the public and will be held at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room A5 (basement), 901 G Street NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 727-1151. Panelists will explore possible architectures and deployment mechanisms (both technical and political) for such a transformation. The panelists will engage with the public throughout most of the program.

Panelists will include:
Mark Lupisella, Advanced Concepts Researcher, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Thomas Meylan, Ph.D, Corporate Facilitator, Evolving Success, Hyattsville, Maryland
Roy C. Pettis, Jr., Science Advisor Office of Strategic and Theater Defenses, Bureau of Arms Control, U.S. Department of State
Jakub Ryzenko, Institute of International Relations, Warsaw University, Poland
Derek Webber, Director, Spaceport Associates
F. Douglas Witherspoon, Ph.D, President, HyperV Technologies Corp.
Brig. General Simon “Pete” Worden (USAF), Director of the Office of Transformation, Space and Missile Systems Center/Los Angeles Air Force Base.

Excerpts from speech by Martin Schwab, Director, HDI:
I believe the human colonization of Mars will serve as a distraction from violence and war on Earth… It is high time we re-join the Spirit of Viking…the Spirit of ’76…The term “New World” or “New World Order” has taken on a negative meaning in recent years…I see the techniques developed on Mars for planetary sustainability being exported back to our mother planet (Earth). We now have the opportunity to open President John F. Kennedy’s new frontier for humanity, and we need to do it. Mars is the lifeboat for our species in regard to the immediate and common threat to Earth. This threat is posed by asteroids and comets, especially the faster moving and currently untracked comets…Dr. David Morrison, Director of Space at NASA Ames says that the most likely scenario for a mile wide size object hitting Earth is no warning, because we are not at the present committed to tracking near Earth orbit objects…

Martin Schwab’s speech (given three years before he founded the Homeplanet Defense Institute) was delivered at the Miami Valley Astronomical Society’s “Astronomy Day 2000” at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton, Ohio on April 8, 2000. The title of the speech was “Our Two Planets.” The primary purpose of the speech was to present Dr. Robert Zubrin’s book, The Case for Mars: The plan to settle the red planet and why we must. Dr. Zubrin’s book does not address the asteroid/comet threat.

Link of the month: The Colony Fund, LLC. New York. www.colonyfund.com

Lyric to consider:
I need a sign to let me know you’re here. All of these lines are being crossed over the atmosphere. I need to know that things are gonna to look up, ‘cause I feel us drowning in a sea spilled from a cup. When there is no place safe and no safe place to put my head; when you can feel the world shake from the words that are said. And I’m calling all angels and I’m calling all you angels. And I won’t give up if you don’t give up - I won’t give up if you don’t give up - I won’t give up if you don’t give up - I won’t give up if you don’t give up….Train, “Calling All Angels,” My Private Nation, Produced and mixed by Brendan O’Brien, Copyright 2003 EMI April Music Inc. and Blue Lamp Music, Copyright 2003 Sony Music Entertainment Inc., Manufactured by Columbia Records. www.trainline.com




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December 2003 - Volume 1, Number 7.
Ensuring the preservation of life on Earth for exploration beyond…
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CONTENTS:
Publications
Open Seminar 1 (transcript now available)
Video of Open Seminar 1 (now available)
Open Seminar 2 – January 20, 2004
HDI research model represented in logo
Quotes to consider: Orville Wright, The White Stripes

Publications: “Constructing a Planetary Defense Regime to Reduce International Terrestrial Insecurity” by Martin Schwab will be published in the next edition of the Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences.

Open Seminar 1:
At the very moment that China became only the third nation to launch humans into space (9:00 p.m. EST, October 14, 2003), the Homeplanet Defense Institute concluded Open Seminar 1, entitled:

U.S./EU/China Strategic Policies in Space: Balance of Power or International Cooperation, held at the Arlington County Central Library. Discussants included Lt. Col. Peter Hays, Editor, Joint Force Quarterly; Theresa Hitchens, Vice President, Center for Defense Information; David Koplow, Co-Director, Center for Applied Legal Studies - Georgetown University Law Center; Jeffrey Lewis (University of Maryland), Executive Director, Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs and Nicolas Turcat, President, National Space Society France.

The full written transcript for the video of Open Seminar 1 is now available at: www.homeplanetdefense.org/HDI%20VIDEO%20TRANSCRIPT%20OCT%2003.pdf

For additional educational support follow the link to the take home packet that was prepared for the October audience at: homeplanetdefense.org/HDI%20October%202003%20Take%20home%20packet.pdf

Video of Open Seminar 1:
Special thanks to HDI advisor Peter Mermagen, Private Citizen for videotaping Open Seminar 1. Copies of this video (including a printed transcript) can be purchased by sending a check or money order for $30 with name and mailing address to Homeplanet Defense Institute, 1616 Anderson Road, Suite 351, McLean, VA. 22102.

The proceeds from the sale of these videos will support future HDI educational outreach programming in the form of presentations, professional seminars and informal group discussions. HDI is available to offer these services to embassies, universities, secondary schools and public service institutions.

Open Seminar 2:
On January 20, 2004 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Open Seminar 2 will be the first in a series on planetary defense. January’s event is entitled: Planetary Defense against Asteroids and Comets: Achievable through the Transformation of NORAD, NATO or NASA? The seminar is free and open to the public and will be held at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room A5 (basement), 901 G Street NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 727-1151. Discussants will explore possible architectures and deployment mechanisms (both technical and political) for such a transformation. The discussants will engage with the public throughout most of the program.

Guest Provocateurs will include: Mark Lupisella, Advanced Concepts Researcher, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Thomas Meylan, Ph.D, Corporate Facilitator, Evolving Success, Hyattsville, Maryland. Discussants (subject to change) are to include Roy C. Pettis, Jr., Science Advisor Office of Strategic and Theater Defenses, Bureau of Arms Control, U.S. Department of State; David Porfiris, Senior Space Systems Analyst, AT&T; Jakub Ryzenko, Institute of International Relations, Warsaw University, Poland; F. Douglas Witherspoon, Ph.D, President, Hyper V Technologies and General Simon “Pete” Worden (USAF), Director of the Office of Transformation, Space and Missile Systems Center/Los Angeles Air Force Base.

HDI Research Model Represented in Logo:
Many research institutions have several areas in which they focus their attention. The Homeplanet Defense Institute (HDI) is no different. In the modern world of “information overload,” combined with the ever-present interconnectivity of issues and systems, HDI manages complexity by use of a cross-disciplinary method of synthesis.

HDI draws upon the perspectives of science, engineering, academia, policy, business and the military. This is known as the SEAPBM model. While this model at first appears to be “un-focused” to the eye of the traditional analyst (once fused and amplified), the model offers a bounded as well as useful approach to understanding and shaping the complex challenges of our time.

By utilizing open seminars as a research tool in themselves, HDI diagnosis global threats that must be addressed “multilaterally, intensively and cooperatively” (much as a physician addresses an ill patient) rather than addressing problems “unilaterally, incrementally and competitively.”

The interlocking circles of the HDI logo replicate research notes on a document where the “orbits” of circled words sometimes overlap. The design also echoes the Olympic ringlets and the idea of mutual self-advancement among nations; gained through healthy competition in the pursuit of the common human endeavor for prestige (preceded by appreciation and dignity).

In the center of the overlapping spheres is Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” of Earth, as one unit “on approach” to Mars, perhaps flying vicariously over Valles Marineris. The Moon is represented to a lesser degree by the silver outlines or horizons that recall the famous “Earthrise” image taken while over the surface of the Moon during the Apollo 8 mission as well as the full frame image taken during the Apollo 17 mission (Apollo’s last). The Apollo 17 image is widely credited with spurring the environmental movement of the 1970s, of which many astronauts associate themselves by virtue of having seen from space all of Earth as one fragile system.

The extrapolations of yet undiscovered technologies and techniques to be derived from joint international missions to Mars are sure to find useful application in planetary defense architectures. These architectures will need to be utilized at some undetermined point in the future to save all of humanity on Earth from certain extinction.

Throughout human history, seemingly separate human endeavors, invariably through serendipity over time yield unpredictable results [both positive and negative]. It also must be remembered that in addition to serving as “lifeboats,” Mars and the Moon themselves will one day become the “home planets” for two new breeds of humanity, boldly reaching from those outposts into the rest of the “wild blue yonder,” as represented by the blue sphere.

The HDI logo design was created by Shawn Gormley, interdisciplinary thinker and professional musician. Mr. Gormley’s web design business (Working4Artists), the site for which is currently under construction can be bookmarked at: www.working4artists.com. Along with his brother Soren Gormley (two brothers from Dayton, Ohio) their musical group is called Emily’s Motives. www.emilysmotives.com.

Quotes to consider:
“Not within a thousand years will man ever fly!” Orville Wright, 1901.

“The airplane, in forcing upon governments a realization of the possibilities for destruction, has actually become a powerful instrument for peace.” Orville Wright, after World War I.

“I feel about the airplane much as I do in regard to fire…That is, I regret all the terrible damage done by fire. But I think it is a good thing for the human race that someone discovered how to start fires, and that it is possible to put fire to thousands of important uses.” Orville Wright, Late in World War II.
From the 13 April 2003 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

July 20, 1969: “…as you talk to us from the Sea of Tranquility, it inspires us to redouble our efforts to bring peace and tranquility to Earth. For one priceless moment in the whole history of man, all the people on this Earth are truly one… President Richard Nixon. “Thank you, Mr. President. It’s a great honor and privilege for us to be here representing not only the United States but men of peace of all nations. And with interest and curiosity and a vision for the future…Neil Armstrong.

“Take all your problems and rip ‘em apart,” The White Stripes, “Little Acorns,” Elephant, Third Man Records, Inc., Under exclusive license to V2 Records, Inc., Copyright 2003. No computers were used during the writing, recording, mixing or mastering of this record. www.whitestripes.com



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November 2003 - Volume 1, Number 6.
Ensuring the preservation of life on Earth for exploration beyond…
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CONTENTS:
Recent HDI activity
Excerpt from transcript
Recent support
Upcoming HDI activity
Lyrics to consider

Recent HDI activity:
At the very moment that China became only the third nation to launch humans into space (9:00 p.m. EST, October 14, 2003), the Homeplanet Defense Institute concluded Open Seminar 1, entitled:

U.S./EU/China Strategic Policies in Space: Balance of Power or International Cooperation, held at the Arlington County Central Library. Discussants included Lt. Col. Peter Hays, Editor, Joint Force Quarterly; Theresa Hitchens, Vice President, Center for Defense Information; David Koplow, Co-Director, Center for Applied Legal Studies - Georgetown University Law Center; Jeffrey Lewis (University of Maryland), Executive Director, Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs and Nicolas Turcat, President, National Space Society France.

Excerpt from transcript:

STEVEN J. DICK (Incoming Chief Historian, NASA): I am interested in all the discussants’ opinions on what the reaction of the US Government should be to what the Chinese are about to do.

LEWIS: Congratulate them.

KOPLOW: Welcome them.

SCHWAB: Engage with them.

HAYS: Again, I mentioned that there is a window of opportunity after they are successful to try and bring them into cooperative ventures [International Space Station and human exploration of Mars]. I don’t think we have that option for later on for their domestic and internal reasons after they have their success. After that, if they go too far downstream and get caught up in that newfound prestige, it would be a real tragedy so I think the US and the entire world space faring community needs to seize the moment on this one.

HITCHENS: … China will have proven itself as a space power and that gives them the worldliness to play in international cooperation. Because [up to now] China is the one major power that has played as a weak power. That is part of the reason for the launch. With the current issue with the shuttle, having a back up vehicle for bringing astronauts up and down from the ISS this will give value to us and the rest of the ISS players. So, it does seem to me that what we want to do is say: Congratulations. This is great. We are glad that you are recognized as a legitimate member of the club and we would like to talk to you about cooperation, international exploration and all the things that we do with the rest of the space community.

TURCAT (from earlier): (text synthesized from various sources for clarity): Europe has to play a role in the development of space culture…Then we will introduce the idea of a space faring civilization in our current world. Europe could be a key component in any large space faring civilization program. Promoting the space faring civilization idea is easy but doing it in reality is much harder…The main problem is to initiate a large scale space program such as Mars exploration. However, even Mars exploration is not the only answer to making our dream a reality. Europe can take the first steps toward our future.

Special thanks to HDI advisor Peter Mermagen, Private Citizen for videotaping Open Seminar 1. Copies of this video (which includes the companion written transcript) can be purchased by sending a check or money order for $30 with name and mailing address to the HDI office in McLean, VA. (See below). The proceeds from the sale of these videos will be designated for future HDI educational outreach programming in the form of presentations, professional seminars and informal group discussions. HDI is available to offer these services to embassies, universities, secondary schools and public service institutions.

Follow the link to the take home packet that was prepared for the October audience at Arlington, as additional educational support. homeplanetdefense.org/HDI%20October%202003%20Take%20home%20packet.pdf

The full written transcript for the video of Open Seminar 1 will be released within the December edition of the HDI Online briefing; scheduled for public release on Tuesday morning, December 9, 2003.

Recent support:
HDI wishes to thank its newest advisors, Mark Lupisella, Advanced Concepts Researcher, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Kelly Zerrlaut, Forensic Interviewer, Child Advocacy Center, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for their in depth contribution since the October seminar; helping to guide the future direction of HDI. Mr. Lupisella helped to improve the design and methodology of future Open Seminars. Ms. Zerrlaut, who has contributed past articles to the HDI Online Briefing, offered immense assistance to HDI by making quires on the assumptions behind HDI research, findings and recommendations. More information on all the critical perspectives of HDI advisors can be found on the leadership page at homeplanetdefense.org.

Upcoming HDI activity:
On January 20, 2004 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Open Seminar 2 will be the first in a series on the topic of Planetary Defense against Asteroids and Comets: Achievable through the Transformation of NORAD, NATO or NASA? The seminar is free and open to the public and will be held at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room A5, 901 G Street NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 727-1151. Discussants will explore possible architectures and deployment mechanisms (both technical and political) for such a transformation. The discussants will engage with the public throughout most of the program. Guest Provocateurs will include: Mark Lupisella, Advanced Concepts Researcher, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Thomas Meylan, Ph.D, Corporate Facilitator, Evolving Success, Hyattsville, Maryland. Discussants (subject to change) are to be Michael A’Hearn, Deep Impact Mission, NASA/University of Maryland; Roy C. Pettis, Jr., Science Advisor Office of Strategic and Theater Defenses, Bureau of Arms Control, U.S. Department of State; David Porfiris, Senior Space Systems Analyst, AT&T; Jakub Ryzenko, Engineer, Polish Space Office; F. Douglas Witherspoon, Ph.D, President, Hyper V Technologies and General Simon “Pete” Worden (USAF), Director of the Office of Transformation, Space and Missile Systems Center/Los Angeles Air Force Base.

Lyrics to consider:
…Time has come to say it again – to survive we gotta be friends – this whole thing could go sour – this could be our final hour…Michael Kessler, “For John Lennon,” The Solar Age, Produced by Jerry Hopkins and Michael Kessler, Copyright 2003. www.mkess.com

…Lets just have fun – lets breathe stardust into our lungs – lets drive too fast – lets go too far – when our hearts beat it lets us know who we are…Jewel, “Doin’ Fine,” 0304, Produced by Lester A. Mendez and Jewel Kilcher, Copyright 2003.


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