Key point: It would fundamentally change America's government, economy, and society.
The present national security environment America faces today is loaded with challenges as far as the eye can see—but it might just be the dangers we don’t see coming or fail to see, those that are so difficult to imagine, so gut wrenching and horrific to even contemplate, that a future calamity someday might take us by surprise and do the most harm of all.
Consider the threats Washington faces today—anyone who casually reads the news can list them off with relative ease.
The rise of ISIS, now armed not with just lethal arms but ever more potent social media savvy, inspiring sinister plots the world over is an asymmetric threat not easy to counter.
Then there is Russia. Moscow continues to press NATO from the Baltics to the Black Sea and beyond, while its influence is on the rise in the Middle East with its unending military involvement in Syria. And the war in Ukraine continues to drag on.
Asia most closely resembles a giant powder keg, ready to explode at any moment--thanks to North Korea.
With challenges in the East China Sea between China and Japan, Taiwan is now back in the news as President Xi tests Taipei’s elected leaders and the South China Sea seems set to boil.
But what challenges have we failed to see? What could be staring us in the face that is of an even more pressing concern beyond the conventional? Or, to phrase it a little differently, what former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld referred to as those threats our psyche just can’t comprehend—what he and others have called a “failure of imagination.”