When World War II ended in 1945 our nation was secure from attack. Since then, we have invested trillions of dollars in an effort to improve our national security. We have applied some of our brightest minds to maximize the value of that investment. Yet, absurdly, we now can be destroyed in under an hour.
In mathematics, an absurd result from a logical line of reasoning proves that at least one underlying assumption must be false. While other factors contributed to our predicament, we need to re-examine the assumptions that form the foundation for our current approach to national security, starting with the concept itself.
In this age of nuclear weapons, pandemics, cyberattacks, terrorism, and environmental crises, is national security becoming inseparable from global security? If so, how do our current policies need to change?
We, the undersigned, urgently call for a bipartisan dialog, including Congressional hearings, to answer those critically important questions.
A paper with more details is accessible on this website. The following signers of the above statement do not necessarily agree with everything said in that paper. Affiliations are for identification purposes only.
National Security Council, Director for Science and Technology, 1970-1978
Dr. Elliott currently is at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC).
Chairman of the National Intelligence Council 2005-2008
Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis 2005-2008
Dr. Fingar currently is a Shorenstein APARC (Asia Pacific Research Center) Fellow at Stanford.
President’s Science Advisory Committee 1962-1965, 1969-1972
Defense Science Board 1966-1969
Dr. Garwin currently serves on DoD’s JASON Advisory Group.
Vice Chairman of US Delegation to START nuclear weapons talks
US Ambassador to Finland 1980-1981
Amb. Goodby currently is an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Deputy Secretary General of NATO 2016-2019
Deputy Secretary General Gottemoeller currently is the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
President of the Global Security Institute
Mr. Granoff is also on the Executive Committee of the Middle Powers Initiative.
ACM Turing Award 2015
Prof. Hellman is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University and a member of its Center for International Security and Cooperation.
President of Stanford University 2000-2016.
Prof. Hennessy currently heads the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program at Stanford and also is Chairman of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent.
Director of NSA 1977-1981
Deputy Director of Central Intelligence 1981-1982
Adm. Inman currently holds the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2006
Prof. Kornberg is currently Professor of Structural Biology and (by courtesy) Computer Science at Stanford.
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2013
Prof. Levitt is currently Professor of Structural Biology and (by courtesy) Computer Science at Stanford.
US Ambassador to the Soviet Union 1987-1991
National Security Council 1981-1983
Amb. Matlock currently is a Rubinstein Fellow in Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University.
Secretary of Defense 2011-2013, Director of the CIA 2009-2011
Sec. Panetta currently is Chairman of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy.
Nobel Laureate in Physics 2011
Prof. Schmidt currently is Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University.
Nobel Laureate in Physics 1993
Prof. Taylor currently is Professor Emeritus of Physics at Princeton University.