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The ALPF Quarterly Update
Dear Friend,

I am honored to announce the launch of American Leadership & Policy Foundation's very first quarterly newsletter called, "The ALPF Quarterly Update". The newsletter will be a direct way to share the successes, efforts, and happenings of the Foundation, its members, and supporters on a routine basis.

The update is created by a team of citizens and leaders anchored in America's foundation. Each newsletter will contain articles, tips, and important news from ALPF's Fellows and other experts on current issues and trends in national security, economic policy, and public law; areas key to a well informed citizenry. 

I look forward to the success of The ALPF Quarterly Update, and I hope it will be a valuable resource for you. If you wish to comment, or share your valuable insights with us, please consider submitting your ideas for publication consideration. This is your foundation, this is your update, this is your America! 

Thank you for helping water the Tree of Liberty. 

Warmest regards, 

David Stuckenberg
Chairman & Founder
The American Leadership & Policy Foundation

www.alpf.org
In This Update:
  • A Note From Chairman Stuckenberg
  • Constitutional Matters
  • EMP Threats
  • Anti-Radicalization
The American Leadership & Policy Foundation is America’s only citizen directed research and policy foundation. In a climate where special interest groups and corporations dominate the public policy arena, ALPF provides a critical counterbalance by developing unbiased research.
 
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Constitutional Matters
By Dean A. Dohrman, Ph.D, ALPF Senior Fellow & Executive Board Member
 
This is the first in a series of short essays focusing on our constitutional history and its most significant shapers.  These leaders all had a significant impact.  This series will attempt to relate the unique features that defined their leadership with an eye toward elucidation of our constitutional system as well as a deeper understanding of our national history.
 
If ever America had a powerful political leader, George Washington fits the bill.  It is not an exaggeration to assert that the United States would never have formed in the absence of his leadership.  Born to a family of some means in colonial Virginia, Washington would become more than just an upstanding member of his community, he would answer a call to be more than his natural path would provide. “First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen,” became the national sentiment first penned by Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee in Washington’s eulogy.
 
From Washington’s early days of training as a surveyor, he displayed an aptitude for the practical and the environment where he lived.  He demonstrated these qualities early in his military career as he fought for the British Crown in the French and Indian War (1754-63).  There he observed the mighty British army up close and gained an understanding of their class system, something that had not translated well to the American colonies.  As an agricultural producer, he had contact with the British preferential system and its ability to reward some at the expense of others.  All of these experiences made the man who would eventually became convinced that the formation of a new country would be necessary.
 
At the close of the French and Indian War and the complete victory of the British, King George III attempted to extend more control over the American colonies.  The problem proved to be that the colonists had grown accustomed to benign neglect resulting in them running many of their own affairs.  The king’s attempt to extend his authority met determined resistance.
 
Massachusetts became the hotbed of revolution with the Boston Massacre of 1770, the Boston Tea Party in 1773, and the issuance of the Intolerable Acts.  These events solidified the rebellious tendencies of the New Englanders as other colonists began to feel threatened.
 
As war drew near in 1775, the First Continental Congress placed George Washington in charge of the newly formed Continental Army.  Although outgunned and out financed, the Americans had taken an important step in identifying themselves as united in purpose.  In the following year they would document this with the Declaration of Independence.  However, declaring independence is easier than actually achieving independent status.

 
Washington and the Continental Army did not have an easy time in their effort to end dependence on Britain.  Washington lost New York City in late 1776.  However, rather than except defeat, he formed a bold plan to take the British in New Jersey, crossing the Delaware River to first defeat them at Trenton and then at Princeton.  The French entering the war certainly aided the strength of the American forces, and Washington’s leadership kept the struggling forces together.  Finally, in the fall of 1781 Washington found his opportunity at Yorktown, Virginia where he once again made a very bold move and trapped the British against with their backs to the water.  The Redcoats surrendered and the fighting ended.

With the Treaty of Paris in 1783, the Americans won their independence and enjoyed peace.  In another dramatic move, Washington resigned his army commission and returned to his home of Mount Vernon never intending to be in the public spotlight again.  However, fate had a much different plan for him.

The weak Articles of Confederation did little to encourage the states to work together, in fact they grew apart.  Finances became a serious concern, and as the average American suffered financially, the unity of the United States grew precarious. 

Finally, Washington and other state delegates traveled to Philadelphia in May 1787 to reform the union.  They eventually penned the governing document we are familiar with and sent the new Constitution to the states for ratification.  Approval for the new union squeaked by and opened the door for a new federal government.  Twice the presidential electors would call upon their unquestioned leader to once again bring the U.S. out of the wilderness.

Unanimously chosen by the Electoral College, Washington became the first president and began to define the office.  He chose his cabinet to reflect the vigorous builders of the new nation: Alexander Hamilton as Secretary of the Treasury, Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State, Henry Knox as Secretary of War, and Edmund Randolph, who actually introduced James Madison’s Virginia Plan to the Constitutional Convention, as Attorney General.

Besides establishing a formal set of advisors, Washington gave the new office of president many other important features that have persisted.  

Continue reading this Constitutional Matters series installment here.
EMP | 2016 Texas Grid Security Summit

Recently, the American Leadership and Policy Foundation and Texas Senator Bob Hall co-hosted the first ever Texas Grid Security Summit at the Texas State Capitol building in Austin, Texas and over 250 legislators, leaders, and defense experts from across the nation attended to learn about EMP risks and power grid vulnerabilities.

Experts from around the nation, including Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and Director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, former CIA director R. James Woolsey, ALPF Chairman David Stuckenberg, Executive Board Member Dean Dohrman, Ph.D, ALPF Fellow Herschel Campbell, and many others addressed critical security concerns from high-impact threats that could cause a nationwide critical infrastructure collapse for a month or more, along with current and future state and federal legislative EMP protection and electric grid security efforts.

These threats, while not new, has received more attention in recent years due to the complex and devastating Fukushima disaster as well as evidence nations such as Iran and North Korea attempting to obtain capabilities to execute an EMP attack on the United States.

Mr. Stuckenberg and Mr. Campbell recently published a research paper entitled Electromagnetic Pulse and Space Weather and the Strategic Threat to America’s Nuclear Power Stations that addresses these issues and calls for America’s leaders to address this growing threat.

As a result of these efforts, ALPF is proud that Texas has become a true testing ground for defining the grid from EMPs. Read the full story here in Popular Mechanics.

Read more about ALPF's research on EMPs here.

CPRChildren Protected from Radicalization
The American Leadership and Policy Foundation, America’s only citizen-directed research and policy foundation producing world-class policy analysis, has launched a non-partisan, nationwide PSA campaign and lecture series directed to families about efforts to protect America’s youth from radicalization and violent extremist groups. 

The new upcoming campaign, Children Protected from Radicalization, or CPR, kicked off recently in Chesterfield County, VA. The campaign is supported by research by national thought leaders, experts, and professionals trained in topics of countering violent extremism (CVE), terrorist de-radicalization, terrorist radicalization, and global security issues. ALPF is proud to bring this unique program to families and local communities that are concerned about what they can do on the local level to protect our nation’s youth from radical ideologies.

The world is an ever-changing environment of nation-states, organizations, and actors. The threats the United States faces in an anarchic climate are real and constantly shifting. Currently, we are losing a war – a war of ideas. Terrorists and hostile entities aim to shape the social and ideological landscape to their perspective. They bend the wills of others to accomplish their own dangerous agendas. Every time someone kills or commits a violent act, more people may be inspired. This is a dangerous cycle and one of the worst threats we face as a nation. The cycle must be broken.

Americans, however, are not defenseless. We possess the power to fight back, to change the tides and implement counter strategy not with weapons, but with truth. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends and families across the United States can make a difference if we stand up together to face the threats that plague our nation. The American Leadership & Policy Foundation aims to be the catalyst for this important movement.

A shift in thought among Americans is a crucial first step. No longer should we rely on others or the government to be the only line of defense in preserving our ideals.

We must help parents understand the truth – their children are on the front line of an ideological struggle. Our children, however young and innocent, are targets. This puts parents on the front line of this fight. We are a first line of defense.

We can bolster our defense by increasing awareness. We must show families how the enemy does business and how children and young adults are sought out for radicalization.

Recently, ALPF’s anti-radicalization research team met with the FBI’s national anti-terrorism director. He lamented we are the only nation in the west that does not have an active campaign to prevent recruitment and radicalization of children and young adults. Late last year ALPF was told by officials from NSA and FBI we are losing the battle because our children remain vulnerable. ALPF seeks to change this.

Terrorist organizations win by inspiring others to carry forward their vitriolic ideology. They target both the young and vulnerable. We must educate our young about these methods. They must understand the enemy wants to use their minds and bodies.

ALPF, in concert with federal and NGO partners, has kicked off a national public service campaign to prevent radicalization on our homefront. Along with the public service campaign, ALPF will conduct a lecture series at schools and universities across the U.S. However, to accomplish our goals and turn the tide against radicalization, we need your help and support.

View the CPR launch page here and read Chairman Stuckenberg’s letter to ALPF here.

Contact the Foundation


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