Monday, October 18, 2021

U.S. employees agree to be microchipped for “convenience” … media pushes RFID tracking as a benefit to workers

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by JD Heyes, Natural News

If you had a choice in the matter, would you allow your employer to “chip” you — that is, have a tracking device medically implanted in your body so your company could keep tabs on you 24/7/365?

If you say no, you’re no doubt in the majority. But some employees of a Wisconsin-based company have actually agreed to let their employer have RFID tracking devices implanted in them.

As reported by ABC affiliate KSTP, the company will become the first in the United States to offer microchip implantation for its workers.

“It’s the next thing that’s inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it,” said Todd Westby, the CEO of Three Square Market, a firm that designs software for company break rooms that are common in larger office settings.

As the local affiliate reported:

Just as people are able to purchase items at the market using phones, Westby wants to do the same thing using a microchip implanted inside a person’s hand.

“We’ll come up, scan the item,” he explained to the local station, as he demonstrated how the technology would work in an actual break room market kiosk.

“We’ll hit pay with a credit card, and it’s asking to swipe my proximity payment now. I’ll hold my hand up, just like my cell phone, and it’ll pay for my product,” he said.

Already more than 50 of the company’s employees have agreed to be chipped; the process began in late July. The chips are about the size of a grain of rice, the local network reported.

In addition to purchasing kiosk items, employees will also utilize the chip  to enter the business premises and to log on to their computers.

The cost of each chip is around $300, and the company is paying for them. The device is implanted between the thumb and forefinger, and the data contained therein is encrypted and secure (until hackers figure out a way around the firewall).

“There’s no GPS tracking at all,” said Westby (for now).

He further offered that microchipping is the “next evolution” in how we electronically pay for things and even said the technology one day may replace passports.

“We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room to opening doors, use of copy machines, locking into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, [and] storing medical/health information.”

Zero Hedge noted that a Swedish company, Epicenter, also began implanting RFID devices inside workers’ hands — and the workers were all about it. They also loved the fact that the chips made getting into work and workstations much easier — that, and the fact that co-workers even threw parties for everyone who agreed to be chipped.

“The biggest benefit I think is convenience,” Patrick Mesterson, co-founder and CEO of Epicenter, said. “It basically replaces a lot of things you have, other communication devices, whether it be credit cards or keys.”

Yeah, and such devices also replace your privacy — which is something that is not as cherished by Europeans as it is by Americans. After all, it’s part of our Constitution.

What Westby said about this technology becoming an inevitable part of the future is reallydisturbing, but he’s probably right. In a world where automation will be replacing human workers by the millions, just imagine a company requiring new hires to be chipped as part of any employment arrangement. How many people would jump at the chance to land a job when they’re hungry and desperate, even if they had to agree to be chipped? (RELATED: Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Prohibit Forced Microchipping)

And this says nothing of an eventual government requirement for the same thing. Think about it: Congress passed a law in 2005, as an “anti-terrorism” measure, called the REAL ID Act; it is a mandate on federal agencies that restrict “the circumstances under which they may accept state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards for official purposes,” the Department of Homeland Security states. If you don’t have a federally-compliant, state-issued “ID,” you now can’t board a commercial flight or enter a federal courthouse.

This technology is not coming, it’s here. And at some point, you’ll have to decide whether it’s worth it to you to accept “the chip.”

Read More @ NaturalNews.com

Facial Recognition ID Begins To Spread From Planes To Trains

by Nicholas West, Activist Post

The march continues to accelerate toward a future of biometric ID for all travel.

Regular readers might know that over the past several months I’ve been covering some disturbing developments at airports in the U.S. and internationally that seem to show an acceleration of the plan to use biometric identification in a variety of ways.

On May 19th I reported on a new program initiated by Delta Airlines at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport to have automated baggage kiosks for “priority customers” that will first scan a traveler’s passport, then their face in order to match identity to checked luggage. It was promoted as a “pilot program” that Delta launched to seek customer feedback in the hope that it could be rolled out more widely in the future. That program has now entered phase 2 at Reagan National Airport with biometric boarding passes for rewards members.

JetBlue stated they will “test facial- and fingerprint-recognition technology at two U.S. airports to replace boarding passes, building on industry efforts to increase security and ease passage through airports.”

These stories were smaller pieces to a larger puzzle that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is attempting to solve per federal mandate. CBP announced on June 15th that they would integrate government databases with a private company to speed up biometric processing.

Moreover, the Department of Homeland Security has made it clear that biometric ID will eventually be mandatory for foreign travel, saying that “the only way for an individual to ensure he or she is not subject to collection of biometric information when traveling internationally is to refrain from traveling.” That’s right, no opt-out, just stay home.

OK, so no worries – airline travel sucks these days anyway, right? And most people probably can’t even afford it. Well, like every method of incremental control, it doesn’t stop where it begins; it just keeps gaining speed as it heads down the proverbial slippery slope.

So here we go – the BBC is reporting on “How facial recognition could replace train tickets.”

A facial recognition system designed to replace the need for tickets on trains is being tested in the UK.

An early version that uses two near-infrared lights to help a single camera determine texture and orientation of each pixel it captures was shown to BBC Click.

The system, being developed by the Bristol Robotics Lab, is being partly funded by government and the private sector.

Researchers told the programme that they believe it will successfully identify passengers without the need for them to stop walking and could replace ticket gates.

Read More @ ActivistPost.com

GOLD AND SILVER HOLD DESPITE THIS BEING THE LAST DAY FOR OPTIONS EXPIRY ON LONDON OTC CONTRACTS

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blogspot

WAR OF WORDS BETWEEN USA, NORTH KOREA AND CHINA RE THE NORTH KOREA’S LAUNCHING OF THAT ICBM/SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS STATE THAT THEY MAVE BEEN LOOKING AT A SURGICAL STRIKE AGAINST NORTH KOREA/PUTIN RETALIATES BY REMOVING 755 USA DELEGATES IN MOSCOW/USA IN ITS FIRST STRIKE AGAINST MADURO SANCTIONS ANY PERSONAL DEALINGS WITH MADURO HIMSELF/TRUMP THREATENS TO END SUBSIDY PAYMENTS ON OBAMACARE INCLUDING CONGRESS MEMBERS/TREASURY EXPECTS TO ISSUE 1/2 TRILLION IN DEBT IN 4TH QUARTER: THEY CLAIM THAT BY SEPT 30 THEY WILL HAND ONLY 60 BILLION USA INC CASH LEFT

In silver, the total open interest surprisingly  ROSE BY ONLY 277 contracts from 206,554 UP TO 206,781 DESPITE THE GOOD RISE IN PRICE THAT SILVER TOOK WITH RESPECT TO FRIDAY’S TRADING (UP 11 CENT(S). JUDGING FROM THE COT REPORT BOTH THE SPECULATOR SHORTS AND THE BANKER SHORTS ARE HAVING SEVERE PROBLEMS TRYING TO COVER THEIR SHORTS BUT TO NO AVAIL. THE LONGS REMAIN STOIC AND NOTHING WILL BUDGE OUR SILVER LEAVES FROM DEPARTING OUR SILVER TREE.

 In ounces, the OI is still represented by just OVER 1 BILLION oz i.e.  1.035 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 148{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT MAY MONTH/ THEY FILED: 233 NOTICE(S) FOR 1,165,000OZ OF SILVER

In gold, the open interest rose by 7,287 as new speculators entered the gold arena after the long specs in July DEPARTED with their EFP’s which entitled them to a fiat bonus plus a futures contract and these are most likely London based forwards. The new OI for the gold complex rests at 439,648.

we had, ON FIRST DAY NOTICE: 1637 notice(s) filed upon for 163,700 oz of gold.

Read More @ HarveyOrganBlog.com

The Elites Are Jumping Ship As The Financial Collapse Draws Near

by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan

It’s easy to think of the political and financial elites who run our world as lofty and all powerful. They command dangerous governments that can wield devastating weapons, central banks that treat our economy like a rigged casino, media conglomerates that pacify the minds of the public, and unbelievably wealthy corporations that have concentrated wealth to an unprecedented degree.

However, they’re certainly not invincible, and the systems of control that they’ve created are rapidly diminishing. Most notably, they seem all to aware of the fact that the global economy is headed for a crash. On the rare occasion where you can catch one of the elites in a moment of candor, they’ll tell you that the party is almost over.

Mohamed A. El-Erian is a bona fide member of the global power elite (a former deputy director of the IMF and president of the Harvard Management Co.). Yet he writes in a fairly accessible style on the popular Bloomberg website. When El-Erian talks, we should all listen.

In a recent article he raises serious doubts about the sustainability of the bull market in stocks because of reduced liquidity resulting from simultaneous policy tightening by the Fed, European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England.

He says stocks rose on a sea of liquidity and they may crash when that liquidity is removed. This is a warning to other elites, but it’s also a warning to you.

Their actions are quite telling as well. Sovereign wealth funds, which are largely funded and owned by powerful governments to invest in domestic industries, are jumping ship.

Among sovereign wealth funds, the Government of Singapore Investment Corp. (GIC) is one of the largest, with over $354 billion in assets. So what does the head of GIC say about markets today?

Lim Chow Kiat, CEO of GIC, warns that “valuations are stretched, policy uncertainty is high” and investors are being too complacent.

GIC allocates 40{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of its assets to cash or highly liquid bonds and only 27{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of its assets to developed economy equities.

Meanwhile, the typical American small retail investor probably has 60{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} or more of her 401(k) in developed economy equities, mostly U.S.

In other words, the investment arms of wealthy nations are pulling out of the stock market and out of companies in their own economies (developed economy equities), and putting their money into assets that can be quickly turned into cash. It’s practically an admission by the elites, that they think the economy is completely unstable.

But this is just the latest warning sign that the elites are getting nervous. Corporate executives have been selling their stocks at an unprecedented rate for several months. Meanwhile, ordinary people are still placing their faith and their bets on a stock market that most experts agree is completely unsustainable.

Pastor Confirms Plot to “Take Out” Trump is “Physical”

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by Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars

Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne, who says he was told by a senior Republican Congressman of a plot to “take out” President Trump, has confirmed that the intention is to “physically” remove Trump from office.

As we reported on Monday, Howard-Browne said he was told by the lawmaker, “There is a plot on Capitol Hill to take the president out, I said you mean by impeachment or by indictment – he said no, to take him out, he will be removed suddenly from office,” before adding, “you can read between the lines”.

The Pastor subsequently revealed that he had received a visit from the Secret Service as a result of his remarks, with agents keen to find out the name of the Congressman who passed on the warning.

“So right after I was on with Alex (Jones), they came into my office and they tried to get information from me concerning who the congressman was,” Howard-Browne told Infowars.

“And I said, ‘Look I’ll tell you what he said, but I cannot give you this information.’”

During an appearance on TruNews, Howard-Browne was asked by host Rick Wiles if the plan was to ensure Trump was “politically immobilized?”

“No, physically, no physically” Pastor Howard-Browne responded.

“I don’t care what they try to do, they are not going to succeed,” he continued. “America does not operate this way.”

Howard-Browne then mentioned how Ronald Reagan “never was the same” after he was shot and wounded by gunman John Hinckley Jr.

Read More @ Infowars.com

Jim Rogers: The Dollar Will CRASH! – Cashless Society Means The Government OWNS Us!

from World Alternative Media:

Josh Sigurdson sits down with investment legend and author Jim Rogers to talk about the inevitable dollar crash. Rogers breaks down why the dollar will crash, the delusion of central bankers and the horrific technocratic control of a centrally planned cashless society. Jim Rogers has been correctly predicting trends for decades and will always tell you, “Don’t listen to me, do your own research!” which is always important as so many will sooner listen to noise than actual ensure their own financial stability and wealth insurance themselves. With that said, Jim Rogers gives the viewer a look at how he invests and keeps his money safe.

Governments And Corporations Can Unleash Deadly Weapons On Our Population: “Our Greatest Danger Is Denial That Such Things Are Possible”

by Jeremiah Johnson, SHTF Plan: Last week the first 1 million mosquitoes of a planned 20 million to be turned loose were released in Fresno County, California. The word “released” may very well be interchangeable with “unleashed,” as the insects (males) were infected with the Wolbachia bacterium prior to their release. The objective is to release these male insects (allegedly producing no viable offspring when carrying the bacterium) into the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the primary culprit for mosquitoes that torment man.

No big deal, right? I mean, no possible harm could be rendered with this, right? The article, To Shrink Mosquito Population, Scientists Are Releasing 20 Million Mosquitoes, from July 21, 2017 by James Doubek bears reading. Here’s an excerpt:

The project is called Debug Fresno and it’s being undertaken by Verily, a subsidiary of Alphabet, Google’s holding company. It’s the company’s first field study involving sterile mosquitoes in the U.S.

Some of the article’s information stems from data released by The Scientist magazine, and one of their blurbs is also interesting:

The magazine says the bacterium [Wolbachia] ‘is not known’ to infect humans.

“Not known to infect humans” is really comforting, is it not? The company Verily also highlighted some of its newfound and wonderful capabilities, as noted here:

Verily says it developed ‘automated mass rearing and sex-sorting processes,’ which enable it to breed and release so many of the mosquitoes in such a short time.

That’s great: A downstream “subsidiary” company of Google, owned by Zuckerberg and in bed with the NSA would never think of either releasing anything that was known to be harmful or tailor their industries to produce something that was harmful. At least whatever they release can be released in a short time. In this manner, if a distraction or false flag is needed by The-Powers-That-Be, it can be concocted and implemented in a short time. It’s all good, and whatever happens will be either forgotten by the public or blamed on something else.

Another recent article appeared last week, entitled Off-the-shelf DNA can be used to manufacture biological weapons, stunned scientists discover, by Russel Davis, released on 7/19/17. According to this article, Canadian researchers in Alberta have successfully created a new virus called horsepox with similar characteristics of smallpox.

Really, now? With the characteristics of smallpox? The world battled smallpox in every corner of the globe to eradicate it, and the only known specimens are within government labs, ostensibly labeled as “experimental material,” although in truth, they are stockpiled for weaponization. An excerpt from the article by Davis makes this point quite clearly:

A number of science experts expressed concerns about the latest breakthrough, raising the alarm about the potential harm it can bring to the general public. According to outside experts, horsepox in itself may not be harmful to humans. However, the technique used to create the virus may play to the advantage of terrorists and may result in the development of biological weapons.

“Bringing back an extinct virus that is related to smallpox, that’s a pretty inflammatory situation. There is always an experiment or event that triggers closer scrutiny, and this sound like it should be one of those events where the authorities start thinking about what should be regulated,” said Paul Keim, an expert in bioweapons at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Peter Jahrling, a virologist at the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, expressed a similar concern. According to Jahrling, the technique can be easily replicated by well-equipped vehicles. If the technique falls into the wrong hands, it can be used to synthesize otherwise disastrous viruses, Jahrling added.”

Read More @ SHTFPlan.com

Truth Journalist Katherine Frisk is Missing, Mark Anthony Taylor Sounds the Alarm

Contributed by Mark Anthony Taylor, SGT Report:

Friends, Mark Anthony Taylor has literally put his life at risk by exposing the beyond criminal machinations of international bankers who have been colluding to rig the gold and silver markets. He has also made the link between the practice of pedophilia among some of these same bankers and their associates.

Our mutual friend, journalist Katherine Frisk (pen name) operates TheInternationalReporter.org which with SGT Report has been one of only two sites in the world consistently reporting on Mark Anthony Taylor’s battle against the bankers.

The Clintons, Jes Staley, Jeffrey Epstein And Barclays’ Frauds OR From Pizzagate to Gold Rigging

We now fear that Katherine Frisk is missing.

Neither of us has heard from Katherine since early July which is highly unusual since we both have heard from her several times per week for years. Since we have no where to turn for help, Mark sent this email to Caroline Lucas MP, the head of the UK Green Party, who recently addressed the PM Theresa May on the issue of the Saudi arms sales.

In lieu of Katherine’s rather unsafe geopolitical living situation in South Africa, we just want to make our readers aware of this troubling development.

To: Caroline Lucas

Copy to: Sean of SGT Report

Dear Ms Lucas,

I believe you have challenged PM Theresa May on the issue of the Saudi arms trade, which we all know is being used to destabilize the Middle East, by funding ISIS and creating a needless immigration crisis back in Europe.

Lately a friend of mine Gail [last name redacted by SGT Report] (aka Katherine Frisk) of theinternationalreporter.org seems have gone missing. Her last published article on her website was the 8th of July, which you can see for yourself. Gail is a political activist, exposing NATO support of ISIS, global paedophilia rings and the serious frauds of the banking system.

She is a South African citizen and came to understand the mining revenue was destroyed by banking manipulation, crippling her nation financially. The systematic suppression was shown in a lawsuit in NY and is covered here by Bloomberg:

Deutsche Bank Records Said to Show Silver Rigging at Other Banks

Gail was one of the first people to take note of my lawsuit in the UK against the banks for such manipulation (www.shyreman.com) and published my articles in her online newspaper. Deutsche Bank’s disclosures show the UK judiciary was actively conspiring with a bank cartel to defraud investors worldwide.

Lord Ian Burnett & Charles Haddon-Cave who refused CAAT’s objections to the Saudi arms trade were the two men instrumental to sabotaging my lawsuit. A third judge Simon Brown QC was kicked out of office within a week of Deutsche Bank’s confession, but the other two got away Scot free..

Just before I re-opened the lawsuit this month, Gail published an article for me exposing one of the defendants in my lawsuit as having connections to Jeffrey Epstein, solicitor of child prostitutes.

https://theinternationalreporter.org/2017/07/07/the-clintons-jes-staley-jeffrey-epstein-and-barclays-frauds-or-from-pizzagate-to-gold-rigging/

I have been worrying that we have got too close to the truth and Gail may have been arrested or worse.

You can say Gale [redacted] has not twittered or published an articles 20 days after publishing articles critical of judges involved with the CAAT arms trade hearing.

I have sent a request to the consulate in SA to identify what happened to her.

You can certainly raise the issue that the two judges who let the Saudis buy our arms were the same two who had dismissed allegations of gold rigging by Deutsche Bank as ‘totally without merit.’ Copies of the their judgement are in the evidence archive of my website. Deutsche Bank and Barclays, incriminated for gold rigging, are both part owned by Qatar, which is known to have funded ISIS with billions of USD. Gold would have been the ideal laundering vehicle, and with Qatar’s leverage over both banks they would not have any opposition. Since the bullion price was suppressed for the last 17 years, investors worldwide would have been swindled to supply ISIS with cheap gold.

You can see what Haddon-Cave and Burnett were covering up, and you can see why Gail [redacted] disappearance worries me. I have been trying to find an MP with an iota of courage and integrity to expose these crimes. So far none has volunteered.

Kind regards, Mark Anthony Taylor

RELATED:

Armageddon And The Temple – Katherine Frisk

Published on Jan 16, 2017
From the bombing of Damascus by Israeli IDF forces on the Golan Heights and Tel Aviv supporting Islamic terrorists, , back into the past to 2,700 years ago and then returning into the present with NATO forces surrounding Russia. The forces of good and evil still battle it out. History repeats itself, over and over again.

The International Reporter:
https://theinternationalreporter.org

The End of the ‘New American Century’ Pronounced by the Pentagon

RELATED: The Historical Turning-Point Has Arrivedby Wayne Madsen, Strategic-culture:

The US Department of Defense is fond of issuing reports, many of which contain a massive amount of Pentagon jargon and gobbledygook terms. But, one recent report, while not lacking in typical gibberish, contains one clear and unambiguous message. The neo-conservative «New American Century» pet project, which saw the United States engage in quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as an unending «global war on terror», is dead and buried.

A US Army War College (USAWC) report, titled «At Our Own Peril: DoD Risk Assessment in a Post-Primacy World», has raised eyebrows inside the Washington Beltway and beyond. The report, written by an Army Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) and USAWC team headed by Professor Nathan Freier, states it does «not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the US Government».

It is doubtful the report, sponsored by the Joint Staff of the Pentagon, would have been commissioned had the Pentagon not seen the need to prepare for the end of America’s unipolar military dominance that has been in place since the end of the Cold War.

The post-primacy report saw input from the Department of Defense and US Intelligence Community, including the Joint Staff, the US Central Command (USCENTCOM), the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), all critical stakeholders in the revamped US military strategy.

Lest anyone believe that the report represents a new way of thinking by the Donald Trump administration, it should be pointed out that the commissioning and preparation of the report began in July 2016, six months before the end of the Barack Obama administration. The report was a budgeted requirement contained in Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 Pentagon budget.

The report identified five key components of the US post-primacy strategy:

  • Hyperconnectivity and weaponization of information, disinformation, and disaffection (this has already seen a decision to split the US Cyber Command off from the National Security Agency to allow cyber-warriors extra-constitutional «leg room» to conduct offensive information warfare operations against both military and civilian targets).
  • A rapidly fracturing post-Cold War status quo.
  • Proliferation, diversification, and atomization of effective counter-US resistance.
  • Resurgent but transformed great power competition.
  • Violent or disruptive dissolution of political cohesion and identity.

The Pentagon’s acceptance that there is a «rapidly fracturing post-Cold War status quo» is perhaps the most important realization of a change in superpower status since the United Kingdom concluded that the days of the British Empire were at a close. This resulted in the decision of Prime Minister Harold Wilson in January 1968 to withdraw all British military forces from «East of Suez.» Defense Minister Denis Healey made the dramatic announcement that all British military forces would be withdrawn by 1971 from major military bases in South East Asia, «east of Aden», primarily in Malaysia and Singapore, as well as the Persian Gulf and the Maldives. The decision saw the independence of Aden as a socialist republic – South Yemen, the leasing to the United States of a military base on Diego Garcia in the newly-formed British Indian Ocean Territory (along with the removal of Chagos Islanders from their native islands), the independence of the Trucial States as the United Arab Emirates, and transfer to US control of a British naval base in Bahrain.

The Pentagon’s post-primacy report questions the need for foreign military bases in support of «surge» military operations. The report states «considerations of surge can no longer be limited to high-end combined arms warfighting». This is a tip of the hat to the cyber-fighters who may see their own capabilities increased with the de-prioritization of surge military combat. The report also states that DoD «no longer can—as in the past—automatically generate consistent and sustained local military superiority at range.» In other words, forget about a US military response such as Operation Desert Shield that saw a massive transfer of US military might to Saudi Arabia prior to the retaking of Kuwait and the first US invasion of Iraq in 1991.

The Pentagon sees some international risks as acceptable if they can be managed. This risk mitigation appears to be focused on the North Korean nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile threat. The report states that the US should avoid «policy goals that prove overly ambitious or unattainable in practice». A US military defeat of North Korea would only be possible after the resulting mass deaths of South Korean and American military personnel and civilians in South Korea». Chalk off a US military defeat of North Korea as «overly ambitious» and «unattainable». The report also states that there are «prohibitive costs» involved in some military policies. The authors urge that American military doctrine steer clear of «objectives or goals that in the end prove little more than Pyrrhic victories.» This is a clear reference to the quagmires and «false victories» previously proclaimed by the US and its allies in Iraq and Afghanistan, both Pyrrhic victories in the truest sense of the term.

One member of the post-primacy study team shocked his colleagues by telling them that it is very possible for the US to be defeated in some military confrontations. The «we can lose» specter helped guide the conclusions of the report. Among the conclusions are the possibilities that «the vulnerability, erosion, or even loss of assumed US military advantage vis-à-vis many of its most consequential defense-relevant challenges» should be taken seriously and that the «volatile restructuring of international security affairs appears increasingly inhospitable to unchallenged American leadership». The emergence of China as a significant world military power and the re-emergency of Russia as a military power are cases in point. Turkey’s steady drift away from Europe into a «Eurasian» and «pan-Turkic» world view adds the NATO nation to a growing list of potential US adversaries. These and other developments are seen by the post-primacy planners as a part of «resurgent but transformed great power competition».

The Pentagon study team also clearly views the «violent or disruptive dissolution of political cohesion and identity» as a watershed in altering the post-Cold War and post-9/11 eras that saw a dominance of the United States over global military and economic affairs. The success of the Brexit referendum that saw the United Kingdom vote to leave the European Union, as well as popular support for the independence of Scotland and Catalonia are seen by the Pentagon as «disruptive dissolution of political cohesion and identity». Whereas in past Pentagon reports there would have been suggestions on how to counter such «disruption» with a military and counter-insurgency response, in the post-primacy world, the Pentagon is merely calling for the management of the risk involved. It is a far cry from rattling sabers and sounding the clarions for war, whether in Libya and Syria or Somalia and Panama.

The post-primacy report recognizes that the post-9/11 US military policy is no longer practicable nor doable. That policy, spelled out in the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) for 2001, stated: «the foundation of a peaceful world… rests on the ability of the US Armed Forces to maintain a substantial margin of national military advantage relative to others. The US uses this advantage not to dominate others, but… to dissuade new functional or geographic military competitions from emerging and to manage them if they do». Those days are over with China and Russia, along with Turkey, Iran, Germany, France, and India forming «new functional military competitions.» The US is unable to «manage» them, so Washington will have to determine how to live with the «risks».

The report’s authors believe that «the status quo that was hatched and nurtured by US strategists after World War II and has for decades been the principal ‘beat’ for DoD is not merely fraying but may, in fact, be collapsing. Consequently, the United States’ role in and approach to the world may be fundamentally changing as well.» This is a cogent view of the present state of world affairs minus the jingoism often heard from the Trump White House and right-wing members of the US Congress.

Read More @ Strategic-culture.org