Collaborative Chessboard (2012)

Beyond national security

Following World War II, the emergence of economic, social and political globalization has been guaranteed through an expansive military presence by the United States. For the most part, what might be regarded as “American Empire,” meaning U.S. military hegemony has prevented full-scale inter-state wars. For a variety of reasons, this configuration of brute power is unsatisfactory to the majority of humans. As we fight and/or deter ourselves, we do so under ever-present mega-threats, most of which go unseen because we are not fully oriented to the idea that we exist precariously in an unforgiving solar system.

Earth is an unstable point in a brutal universe, vulnerable to dynamic forces within, on and beyond the planet. Multiple global mega-threats include but are not limited to uncharted asteroids and comets on Earth-crossing orbits, rapid pandemics of disease and supervolcanoes. All such challenges can be met in part through increased human and robotic presence on the moon, Mars and new space stations by maximizing technologies developed within military industrial complexes worldwide.

The 17th through present quarter century paradigm of maintaining global balance of power is given as dysfunctional in 3×3 Global Drills. By adopting and practicing a more relevant paradigm of global synergistic power, small groups and individuals can imagine more appropriate uses of current global economic, social, political and military institutions.