U.S. Government Science Blog Article: “Anticipating The Age Of Surprise”

14 January 2013 (Armed With Science, 
U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.)
Here is an interesting article (interview with U.S. Air Force Colonel Edward L. Vaughan) from the official U.S. Defense Department science blog:
Quotes from the article:
1) “ ‘You’ve got to be ready for something to happen that you’re not ready to have happen.’ ”
– U.S. Air Force Colonel Edward L. Vaughan.
2) “But why is the Air Force looking so far ahead when naysayers could argue we can’t know what we’re up against in thirty years?
Simply put, we’d rather not be caught off guard.
Think about it.”
3) “ ‘We need people across the spectrum; people in industry, people within the military, people from other countries!  We need to hear what they think – and what they have to say – about what might happen in a landscape twenty to twenty-five years in the future.  That will help us make minor course corrections now so that when we get there the surprise is less of a surprise.’ ”
– U.S. Air Force Colonel Edward L. Vaughan.
4) “One of the greatest benefits of this video is that it will help leaders of all levels to think about the future in a more coherent fashion.  It opens the aperture on strategic thought and strategic clarifications for the future.  Including preparing for unknown threats to the United States.”
5) “ ‘Most of our science fact has its roots in science fiction.  
These labs have to figure out some direction to go and something 
to invest in, and the guys sitting around coming up with the ideas 
on what we’re going to look at next – these are all science fiction 
fans.’ ”
– U.S. Air Force Colonel Edward L. Vaughan.
6) “Arthur Clark said that ‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.’ ”
– U.S. Air Force Colonel Edward L. Vaughan.

7) “This video gives people the possibility to see the plausible reality in that ‘magic,’ and to consider the possibilities.”
8) “Just because those possibilities seem a little far-fetched today does not mean that they won’t be commonplace realities someday.
And speaking of science fiction, how would Col. Vaughan feel about extraterrestrials getting their hands (or tentacles, phalanges, what have you) on this video?
[laughs] ‘Well before we made the video, the faculty and the students involved in the Blue Horizons project sat down to brainstorm and determine ‘who is our audience, who are we making this for?’ We ABSOLUTELY do not want aliens to watch this.’
He went on to mention that he answers the question as a hypothetical, but this video was intended for Earthling eyes only.  We can’t have those E.T. folks gaining insight into our future strategy, after all.”
9) A photo of the Earth including an image of a flying saucer, with the following text: “All right, move it along. Nothin’ to see here. Just keep on truckin’, mister.”
“So I guess the Age of Surprise will have to remain a mystery for all those off-world fans.  I guess this means the aliens will be left with cat videos and dubstep teen pop stars gallivanting all over stages in bright clothing.
Just like the rest of us.”

The article is written by Jessica L. Tozer, a blogger for DoDLive and Armed With Science.

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