Thursday, February 18, 2010

Pentagon 'Quadrennial Defense Review Report'

We heard about the February 2010 release of the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review Report from John Moore at As an ex-Green Beret military man and a private investigator for the last 30 years, John seems to be very expert at ferreting out information, fact-checking, and understanding trends that may not be readily apparent to others. The latter is particularly true when it comes to vetting military-speak documents. So I give John's interpretation of the Quadrennial Report a fair bit of credence.

In general, John's message is that the Quad Report is a bellwether of the military's current thinking about an upcoming global crisis, which they have been anticipating and preparing for since the 1970's. Over recent years, their discussions on this front, and what they wrote in the Quad Report, frame the anticipated crisis in terms of the catastrophic effects of global warming. This is thought to be an acceptable way to frame the conversation, without spooking people into undue fear and reaction.

Anyone following the recent Climategate scandal should know by now that the global warming fear-mongering by Al Gore and his cronies is nothing but hype. They are invested in companies that stand to make huge profits by carbon taxing the global population, and they want to convince the world that human-cause global warming is a great threat, and the government (and select private industry) must be paid to save us from ourselves.

The opinion of thousands of scientists around the world, however, is that this is all a ruse. That opinion has recently been proved by a whistle-blower who outed the global warming scientists for fudging the data and lying to everyone.

Many believe, as John Moore does, that the changes to our climate and Gulf Stream, among other things, resulting in violent and strange weather and natural disasters, is actually due to the whole 'Planet X' effect. Whether or not that's true, what we're interested in knowing with respect to the Quadrennial Defense Review Report is exactly what pre-emptive or precautionary actions the government and the military are taking, for whatever reason.

How much money is being deployed, for what security measures, and where? The alternative news reports that many billions of dollars are being spent by the Gov and Military to build massive underground facilities, and to relocate huge operations away from coastal locations, inland to areas like Colorado and Missouri. We hope to identify and track such activity, and post it here so that patterns can emerge and reality can be understood.

We note in the cover letter of the Quad Report, written by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the following ominous comments: "This is truly a wartime QDR. For the first time, it places the current conflicts at the top of our budgeting, policy, and program priorities…"

Having given the Quad Report a cursory read only, the most relevant heading seems to be, "Crafting a Strategic Approach to Climate and Energy", on page 84. The statements I find most notable are the tying together the 'challenges' of climate change, energy security and economic stability, and the need to meet these challenges in the near term.
    "Climate change will affect DoD in two broad ways. First, climate change will shape the operating environment, roles, and missions that we undertake. The U.S. Global Change Research Program, composed of 13 federal agencies, reported in 2009 that climate-related changes are already being observed in every region of the world, including the United States and its coastal waters. Among these physical changes are increases in heavy downpours, rising temperature and sea level, rapidly retreating glaciers, thawing permafrost, lengthening growing seasons, lengthening ice-free seasons in the oceans and on lakes and rivers, earlier snowmelt, and alterations in river flows. Assessments conducted by the intelligence community indicate that climate change could have significant geopolitical impacts around the world, contributing to poverty, environmental degradation, and the further weakening of fragile governments. Climate change will contribute to food and water scarcity, will increase the spread of disease, and may spur or exacerbate mass migration. While climate change alone does not cause conflict, it may act as an accelerant of instability or conflict, placing a burden to respond on civilian institutions and militaries around the world. In addition, extreme weather events may lead to increased demands for defense support to civil authorities for humanitarian assistance or disaster response both within the United States and overseas. In some nations, the military is the only institution with the capacity to respond to a large-scale natural disaster. [ ] Second, DoD will need to adjust to the impacts of climate change on our facilities and military capabilities. The Department already provides environmental stewardship at hundreds of DoD installations throughout the United States and around the world, working diligently to meet resource efficiency and sustainability goals as set by relevant laws and executive orders. Although the United States has significant capacity to adapt to climate change, it will pose challenges for civil society and DoD alike, particularly in light of the nation’s extensive coastal infrastructure. In 2008, the National Intelligence Council judged that more than 30 U.S. military installations were already facing elevated levels of risk from rising sea levels. DoD’s operational readiness hinges on continued access to land, air, and sea training and test space. Consequently, the Department must complete a comprehensive assessment of all installations to assess the potential impacts of climate change on its missions and adapt as required."
While we have not yet heard any specific comments from John Moore on the contents of the Quad Report, he has indicated that it refers to rising oceans, disaster relief, and the potential migration of citizens displaced by natural disasters.

The sections quoted above seem to represent the bulk of potentially relevant content. On page 42 we find a reference to "the need to address the potential for multiple, simultaneous disasters". And on page 92 we read: "To mitigate the risk of a terrorist attack, accident, or natural disaster, the U.S. Navy will homeport an East Coast carrier
in Mayport, Florida." It's a little hard to understand how having a huge Navy carrier sitting offshore at Florida is going to help prevent an "accident".

In the future, we'll try to match these references up with reports of facilities relocation and related asset deployment.

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