Cosmic Threats : A Planetary Response Hardback
This book calls for the progressive creation of supra-national institutions intended to protect life on Earth against natural threats, be these terrestrial (pandemics, super-volcanoes, major earthquakes.) or celestial (comets, asteroids, meteor storms).
The protection proffered would need to be pre-emptive though also responsive, reducing the number of adverse events but also their specific consequences.
Rancid though the world scene currently looks, this may actually be a good time to look towards a planetary security programme that can build up over a century or more.
It would need special international institutions that are sufficiently integrated to cope with the celestial and terrestrial contingencies anticipated yet not so much a class apart as to be a law unto themselves, a military regime able to ride roughshod over general world opinion.
Such an holistic approach to planetary security might prove to be a definitive substitute for war between nations.
Professor Brown comes to such questions from a broad career background.
His lead qualifications are a Masters degree from Oxford in Modern History and a Doctorate of Science from Birmingham (UK) in Applied Geophysics.
He has been a naval meteorologist; staff college instructor; part-time but pro-active as a defence correspondent for several of the West's leading journals; and political consultant.
From 1980 to 1986, he was Chairman of the Council for Arms Control.
From 1993 to 1997 he worked half-time in the Sensors and Electronic Systems directorate of Britain's Ministry of Defence.
This was as the Academic Consultant in a small task force specifically created to advise the government of the day apropos what British policy to Strategic Ballistic Missile Defence should be.
A declassified rendering of his 90,000-word report (published by Mansfield College, Oxford, in 1998) argued firmly against our going down this path.
It could lead to a catastrophic arms race.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
- Publication Date: 01/07/2017
- Category: International relations
- ISBN: 9781845197704
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