The Financial Times and Elisabeth Braw on the necessity of an alliance between Business & National Security States. Political Observer comments

Headline:Business must prepare for aggression by states

Sub-headline: Companies should consider participating in military exercises

A hireling from  RUSI (https://rusi.org/) Elisabeth Braw advocates what is ,in sum, Fascism: the vital connection between National Security States and their suppliers of weapons of war, and the technologies to wage that war/wars against ‘The Enemy’. First in order of priority is Russia and then China: the future of humanity is to wage war against our enemies. Huntington, in his manifesto, ‘The Clash of Civilizations’ provides the paranoid template, that looks upon the capacious category of The Other as the enemy!
Major General Mats Engman provides a neutral  sounding rhetorical stand-in for the American military power of NATO. But the readers patience is rewarded with this appearance of those ‘Russians’ by implication:

In Ukraine, Russian military activities have been mixed with disinformation campaigns and cyber attacks. They have brought down banks, media outlets and government agencies.

Ms. Braw follows this with an admonition:

Governments thus need the private sector to prepare for national security contingencies with their armed forces. Given that they would face devastating consequences if caught unprepared in a national security crisis, companies would benefit from participating.

Think of a conventional attack in combination with a range of hacks against companies, combined with seizures of commercial freighters, which would both disrupt vital supply chains. As Britain is currently discovering, supply chains are the lifeblood of the just-in-time economy: shuttling food, fuel, medicines and industrial components to where they are needed. Britain, for example, imports half of the food the country consumes. If one link in the chain goes down, it no longer functions.

In steps Rear Admiral Sverre Nordahl Engeness of the Norwegian Navy who planned the ‘Trident Juncture’ 

TRIDENT JUNCTURE WILL SHOW THE WORLD THAT NATO IS RELEVANT, UNITED AND READY TO DEFEND ITSELF IN THIS ARTICLE 5 SCENARIO, TESTING OUR COLLECTIVE DEFENCE. – Admiral James G. Foggo, Commander of Allied Joint Force Command Naples

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/157833.htm

The last walk-on features Andrew Cuomo, speaking about a ‘power outage’ that any objective source would attribute to an infrastructure, in dire need of a massive amount of both money, and time to match the needs of the 21st Century!

“We were lucky,” New York governor Andrew Cuomo said last month after engineers restored power to 72,000 New Yorkers hit by a power cut. By joining the armed forces in exercising contingencies, companies would not have to rely on luck.

The imperatives of a New Cold War is the animating force behind Ms. Braw’s polemic, and her publishers at The Financial Times.

Political Observer

https://www.ft.com/content/f05b9be2-b922-11e9-8a88-aa6628ac896c

 

 

 

 

 

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