Space & Ocean Exploration
The Alternative to the Military-Industrial Complex
The book which spawned the Global High Seas Marine Preserve, a Non-profit Dedicated to Saving the Oceans and Marine Life by Banning Industrial Fishing in International Waters & Advocating for Sustainable Seafood
The central premise of Danny Quintana’s latest book, Space & Ocean Exploration: The Alternative to the Military-Industrial Complex, is making the case to divert an ever increasing slice of the United States Defense Budget to Space and Ocean Exploration. He laid out the case, being a lawyer by training and an activist by inclination, very methodically that pursuing such a course would be politically and economically palatable as the industries involved would continue to have a role in the defense establishment and the military would receive additional equipment and mandates. Congressional districts with industry and military installations will not be harmed as the economics of the defense industry will continue apace.
The benefits of Space and Ocean Exploration are evident in that increased knowledge of our world will bring progress in areas such as technology, advanced materials development, food production, transportation, energy, medicine, communications, environmental protection and more. Quintana educates the reader by going through the history of the modern defense industry when it exploded during and after World War Two.
Following the Revolution of 1776 the U.S. kept a small standing Army and Navy, from fear of a despotic central government using them against the citizens, and never supported the industries needed to quickly manufacture the implements of war when needed in an emergency. In fact it wasn’t until the 1930’s New Deal programs that the Federal grew into the behemoth we know today. The genius of the Founding Fathers, in giving autonomy and power to the States, is obvious in 2016 as the massive leviathan of the U.S. federal government swallows up citizen rights and state prerogatives wholesale.
The modern defense establishment, popularly known as the Military-Industrial Complex, grew out of the bitter experience of the U.S. entry into World War One when they lacked even basic elements, let alone advanced weapons, to train and field and an effective fighting force in rapid fashion. The U.S. had to buy tanks and planes from France and Great Britain while using out of day supplies for basic needs. In the interwar years a number of starts and stops managed to create a game plan for ramping up operations and a list of viable companies that could retool for weapons and support production.
The Cold War cemented the huge government-industry-military partnership that is largely in tact but nothing like it was prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991. For example, Southern California used to be a major manufacturing hub for space and defense industries, they area mostly all gone now.
That being said, Danny Quintana’s premise is eminently viable and has inadvertently branched out to include the founding of the Global High Seas Marine Preserve, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the oceans and marine life from the industrial harvesting that is devastating fish stocks and ocean ecosystems worldwide.
Links to four chapters from Space & Ocean Exploration are under the Book Goals/Excerpts Tab on the bottom right side of navigation bars above.
Global High Seas Marine Preserve
The Problem: Large top-of-the-Food-Chain Marine Predators like tuna, sharks and whales are being fished out of existence while millions of tons of unwanted bi-catch is discarded. About 100-million sharks are slaughtered annually for their fins, often cut off while they are alive, to make Shark Fin Soup while the carcass is thrown away.
Ocean Ecosystems, in part supported by these large predators, are suffering from their absence as destructive industrial harvesting of marine life destroys habitats, coral reefs and small marine life key to healthy ocean existence.
The Solution: Amend the Laws of the Seas Treaty and establish the Global High Seas Marine Preserve that bans all industrial harvesting of marine life in international waters to allow stocks of top-of-food-chain predators such as sharks, whales and tuna to return in large numbers while marine ecosystems and smaller marine life flourish again. Invest in extensive ocean research to unlock mysteries while finding a path to utilizing this amazing resource responsibly.
“If we continue with business as usual, I am afraid that the fish stocks will completely collapse. Closing the high seas to fishing is about 60 percent of the oceans. This would benefit all countries. The catch would improve so it would make it that the fish stocks are healthier and therefore larger catch.” Dr. Daniel Pauly, Marine Biologist, Former Director Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia…Click Here to Learn More About Dr. Pauly.
“The clock is running out to save not only the oceans but ourselves. It is truly a sad affair, but if the oceans die then it is game, set and match for the world as You and I know it today!” Danny Quintana, Top-Level Wheelchair Tennis Player, Attorney, Author, Environmental Activist & Founder of Global High Seas Marine Preserve.