A Global Strategic Plan
The Banner: The X59 concept aircraft that will test low boom technology in the coming years.
What would it take for us to succeed?
I’ve been asked that question many times. Regardless of who the “us” is, my answer is always the same. If you really want to succeed, you need a plan, a strategic plan. And if the “us” is mankind, the answer is still the same, mankind needs a global strategic plan. More so today than ever before, because success today may mean survival tomorrow. So how would this look? Let’s start with a SWOT. (A SWOT analysis is based on Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.)
We humans do have many Strengths. We have evolved into amazingly brilliant intellectual beings. We can handle extremely complex problems and have developed machines that can enhance our capabilities to accomplish extraordinary things. Through language and now computers, we can collaborate not only locally but globally. We have changed this planet from a spinning rock to a world capable of sustaining billions of people with incredible lifestyles. For the most part, we believe there is no problem that we can’t solve.
On the other hand, we have many Weaknesses. Physically, we are a vulnerable and limited species. While the progress that we have made intellectually has allowed us to survive and thrive, it has taken a toll on the planet. It has also prevented us from evolving into a more resilient physical species. While we can adapt to gradual changes in the world, we don’t do well with major catastrophes. And we have created immensely destructive war-fighting capabilities that could destroy the planet in a flash.