Promoting peace at home and abroad
The Hicks Protocol
“Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.”
Secretary of Defense, Andi West
Hearts and minds are easier to win when intact
Hurricane Katrina, the Tsunami of 2004, and the devastating combination of earthquake and tsunami which hit the Fukushima Prefecture in March of 2011 have taught us that there are greater dangers in our very near future than those carried out by humans. We cannot reverse the effects of climate change, but we can become, as one of our slogans has promised for so long, a global force for good.
Positioned globally with the necessary equipment and manpower to be the rescue that so many will need in the coming years, we are well-positioned to deploy rapidly enough to save lives. We do this because it is the right thing to do, and to decrease our enemies and strengthen our ties to the other nations of the world.
Practicing peace and nonviolent conflict resolution
For the last eight decades our national security has depended on our defense installations and facilities being in the right place, at the right time, with the right qualities and capacities to protect our national resources. This has led to an “everything, everywhere” defense strategy that is impossible to maintain. With bases in 70% of the nations in the world and active military combat engagements on 3 continents, we find ourselves less secure with each passing day. We cannot hope to have adequate force on every spot on Earth, but we can certainly diminish the number of hostile combatants looking to hurt us.