by John Hawkins | May 12, 2015 2:59 am
This is an old story that has recently resurfaced — and it does make you think. On the one hand, the Pentagon does need to be prepared for any contingency, including a breakdown of order in the country. On the other hand, it makes you wonder if the Pentagon knows something we don’t.
A new US Department of Defense (DoD) research program admits that the Pentagon has long been concerned about widespread social break down. Even more striking of an admission is the fact that they have been funding universities to create models of the dynamics, risks and tipping points that would all be part of large-scale civil unrest in the United States.
The DoD program was funded under the overarching authority of a number of US military agencies.
….This program, costing millions of dollars, has been designed for the purposes of immediate and long-term “warfighter-relevant insights” development. The Pentagon explains that the purpose is for senior officials and decision makers in “the defense policy community” to form a contingency plan in the event of wide scale social unrest.
The recently revealed documents add that the purpose is further to inform policy implemented by “combatant commands.”
This all started back in 2008 when the global banking crisis formed the impetus for the DoD “Minerva Research Initiative“.
The DoD then decided to partner with universities in order “to improve DoD’s basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the US.”
One of the products of this was a Cornell University-led study which was managed by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research. It aimed to develop a model “of the dynamics of social movement mobilization and contagions.”
…This project is being managed by the US Army Research Office, and focuses on “large-scale movements involving more than 1,000 participants in enduring activity.” It will cover 58 countries in total.
The DoD’s Minerva Initiative funded a project last year as well, in order to determine “Who Does Not Become a Terrorist, and Why?”
It’s interesting that this started after the global banking crisis because the most likely source of a mass civil breakdown in America would be a debt-driven financial crisis. Let’s say America can’t pay the interest on its debt. Then afterwards, we couldn’t borrow any more money, which would mean that welfare, social security and Medicare checks could slow down, stop or be inflated into irrelevance. Local law enforcement could be dramatically underfunded and the Left’s “The world owes you a living” mentality could come back to bite us in the behind. It’s not a pretty picture and if things started getting really far out of hand, yes, we might need the Pentagon to quell the violence.
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