Space & Ocean Exploration: The Alternative to the Military-Industrial Complex by Danny Quintana
The Book Which Inspired Founding the Global High Seas Marine Preserve,
a Non-profit Dedicated to Saving the Oceans by Banning Industrial Fishing
in International Waters & Promoting 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.
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.
The Book Project Which Brought Forth a Mission
When he sat down to write Space & Ocean Exploration, Danny Quintana didn’t expect it to yield a mission to save ocean wildlife and ecosystems from the largely unchecked practice of industrial and commercial fishing in international waters. As the book took shape, with the central premise being to divert an ever increasing portion of the U.S. defense budget for Space and Ocean Exploration, his research showed how absolutely dire the situation of the great ocean fisheries and ecosystems had become in recent decades. Concern turned to alarm and the book took on a different tone as the idea for establishing a Global High Seas Marine Preserve, thus banning industrial fishing on the High Seas, began to take shape.
This led Danny Quintana, an environmental attorney, to form the Global High Seas Marine Preserve non-profit corporation as the center piece of large scale campaign to save the ocean wildlife and ecosystems from industrial fishing. Quintana has worked on a number of high profile environmental cases, one involving a nuclear waste storage site on native American tribal lands, and written a number of books and hundreds of articles.
The campaign is working on parallel tracks to educate the fish consuming public while also marshaling political support amongst government and environmental institutions large and small. The GHSMP is running the 50 Sustainable Seafood Cities Campaign in order to get the public to stop buying seafood products obtained by industrial fishing and demanding their local merchants procure them from sustainable sources. This type of direct action by consumers can have a dramatic effect on the economic fortunes of the fishing industry and thus force a change of their business practices.
Table of Contents of Space & Ocean Exploration
Part I: Why We Fight: Our Economic Model and American Imperialism
Chapter 1: Journey Through the War Factory
Chapter 2: Don’t Blame the Military for the Military-Industrial Complex
Chapter 3: A New Role for the World’s Military
Part II: Economics and Exploration
Chapter 4: Exploration, Immigration and Population Growth
Chapter 5: American Exploration and Protection of the Oceans
Chapter 6: The Law of the Seas
Chapter 7: It’s Always Been Dangerous
Part III: Oceans, Planets and Economics
Chapter 8: The Benefits of Space and Ocean Exploration
Chapter 9: Do Plants and Animals Have Souls
Chapter 10: Planets, Oceans and a Defense Contractor
Chapter 11: New Kids on the Block
Chapter 12: The Global High Seas Marine Reserve
Chapter 13: Young People Can Save the World
Chapter 14: A Future That Works
Conclusion and Index
Previous Books by Danny Quintana
Caught in the Middle: Stories of Hispanic Migration and Solutions to America’s Immigration Dilemma is the story of the post-World War II Hispanic migration from the agricultural communities of northern New Mexico, southern Colorado and old Mexico. The stories give voice to those who made the journey. They experienced this exodus from their rural country homes for the hustle and bustle and economic opportunities of the cities.
This migration, like others throughout history, occurred for many reasons, but the primary drivers were employment, education and excitement. Farm jobs were in short supply to support returning soldiers and their new brides after World War II. When the boys had been to Paris and New York, life in the country seemed a bit slower. There was little opportunity for higher education in America’s rural communities. The city offered their children more opportunity than existed back home.
Overcoming Adversity: Adventures in Wheelchair Tennis is the result of interviews with all of the top wheelchair tennis players in the world over a five year period. I was also fortunate enough to interview American legend Stan Smith. He was not only number one in the world, today he is a great instructor and manages his Smith-Sterns Tennis Academy. The book is also about delivering wheelchairs to people with disabilities in poor countries.
Success also has obligations. If life has blessed you with abundance you have a moral obligation to help others. Give something back, don’t just take. The prayer is “give us this day our daily bread.” It is not the Wall Street prayer, “give me everything and screw everyone else including the environment.”
Hunting and Gathering: An Urban Youth Survival Guide: Although he speaks directly to our Native American population, Danny Quintana is concerned about the choices we all must make to ensure emotional and financial survival. He offers a provocative yet thoughtful blueprint for dealing with the modern world’s challenges.
Surviving and prospering financially and emotionally in today’s complex and competitive world requires the kind of courage that Indian warriors displayed in the last century. Today’s warriors-Indian and non-Indian both-must make certain choices about our environment.