In what Barnett calls a "Grand March of History" he claims
that the U.S. military must be transformed in order to preemptively take control of the gap, so the U.S. can "manage" the
global distribution of resources, people, energy, and money. (It has long predicted that the gap between rich and poor around
the world will continue to widen and that the Pentagon will be used to keep the boot on the necks of the people of the third
world to the benefit of corporate globalization.)
Barnett predicts that U.S. unilateralism will lead to the "inevitability
of war." Referring to Hitler in a recent presentation, Barnett reminded his military audience that the Nazi leader never asked
for permission before invading other countries. Thus, the end to multi-lateralism.
Barnett argues that the days of arms talks and international
treaties are over. "There is no secret where we are going," he says as he calls for a "new ordering principle" at the Department
of Defense (DoD). Barnett maintains that as jobs move out of the U.S. the primary export product of the nation will be "security."
Global energy demand will necessitate U.S. control of the oil producing regions. "We will be fighting in Central Africa in
20 years," Barnett predicts.
In order to implement this new military vision," Barnett maintains
that the U.S. military must move away from its often-competing mix of Air Force-Navy-Army-Marines toward two basic military
services. One he names Leviathan, which he defines as the kick ass, wage war, special ops, and not under the purview of the
international criminal court. Give us your angry, video game-playing 18-19 year olds, for the Leviathan force, Barnett says.
Once a country is conquered by Leviathan, Barnett says the U.S. will have to have a second military force that he calls Systems
Administration. This force he describes as the "proconsul" of the empire, boots on the ground, the police force to control
the local populations. This group, Barnett says, "will never come home."
Barnettšs plan is essentially underway today. New fast, flexible,
and efficient projection forces with "lily pad" bases are now being developed for control of the gap. Over the next decade,
the military will abandon 35% of the Cold War-era bases it uses abroad as it seeks to expand the network of bare-bones sites
in the gap. The planned changes, once completed, will result in the most profound "reordering" of U.S. military forces overseas
since the current global arrangements were set 50 years ago.
According to Michael Klare, professor of Peace Studies at Hampshire
College, "American troops are now risking their lives on a daily basis to protect the flow of petroleum. In Colombia, Saudi
Arabia, and the Republic of Georgia, U.S. personnel are spending their days and nights protecting pipelines and refineries,
or supervising the local forces assigned to this mission."
Klare continues, "The DoD has stepped up its arms deliveries
to military forces in Angola and Nigeria, and is helping to train their officers and enlisted personnel; meanwhile, Pentagon
officials have begun to look for permanent bases in the area, focusing on Senegal, Ghana, Mali, Uganda and Kenya." The Wall
Street Journal has reported that "a key mission for U.S. forces (in Africa) would be to ensure that Nigeriašs oil fields,
which in the future could account for as much as 25% of all U.S. oil imports, are secure."
National Guard units across the U.S. are now being assigned
the task of developing on-going basing relationships with each nation on the African continent.
Role of Space Technology
The Bush administration is also exploring the possibility of
expanding the emerging missile defense system into Eastern Europe as an element in the strategic containment of Russia, China
and the Middle East. The Pentagon has been negotiating with Hungary, Romania, Poland and the Czech Republic about one or more
of them hosting new missile defense bases. Oil-rich Iran is to be encircled by missile defense posts in Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan,
Iraq, and Afghanistan.
In order to pull all of this together the Pentagon claims it
will need "a God's-eye view" of the world. A new "internet in the sky" is now being built for the wars of the future. Costing
well over $200 billion, the new web would give war machines and military forces a common language, instantly emitting an encyclopedia
of lethal information about all enemies.
According to Art Cebrowski, director of the Pentagonšs Office
of Force Transformation, "What we are really talking about is a new theory of war." The military wants to know "everything
of interest to us, all the time," says one Pentagon insider. Military intelligence including secret satellite surveillance
covering most of the Earth will be posted on the war net and shared with troops. "The essence of net-centric warfare is our
ability to deploy a war-fighting force anywhere, anytime. Information technology is the key to that."
Thus U.S. military and economic control of the gap will be
dependent on a system of networked computers. Fusing weapons, secret intelligence and soldiers in a global network what the
military calls net-centric warfare will, they say, change the military in a way the Internet changed business and culture.
Bruce K. Gagnon is Coordinator of the Global Network
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