Products and Projects
This is a small selection of projects in the works at DoNT.
The Pentagon Metro Project
Each day, thousands of military and civilian defense employees pass through the Pentagon station on the Washington, D.C. Metro. There, they find a space saturated with advertising by the large defense contractors trying to sell expensive, outdated, and ineffective weapons. We think it is time to offer the an alternative. As DoNT prepares to launch its activities, help us to beat back business as usual by placing an advertisement in the Pentagon Metro station.
Globalize missile defense
Despite how the United States typically wields it, though, missile defense is essentially a nonviolent technology. Instead of using it as an offense weapon, the U.S. should spearhead an international effort to provide missile defense for the entire world. Control of the system would be decentralized, ensuring that no one country or bloc of countries could prevent it from being used. Ballistic missiles would become an essentially irrelevant technology, and the likelihood of nuclear war would be vastly reduced. DoNT can offer international legal consulting to make this project possible, as well as brokering contracts between technology providers and local industries around the world to make global missile defense a truly global endeavor.
The end of the "warfighter"
In recent years, the Pentagon has infused a self-identification of "warriors" and "warfighters" in the U.S. military, even going so far as to develop a new soldier's creed to that effect. DoNT's brand consulting department is developing effective alternatives to this scheme in the effort to build a military brand that truly reflects the growing importance of soft power and humanitarian missions. War is only one military activity among many, and the institution's ethos would do well to reflect that.
Particularly with a global missile defense shield underway, the U.S. will be in a position to commit to large-scale disarmament of its intercontinental ballistic missiles and their nuclear warheads. This can be used as an honest bargaining chip to encourage nations like North Korea and Iran to abandon their own nuclear programs. Dismantling American missiles would serve as an important diplomatic gesture as we broker disarmament in trouble zones like the India-Pakistan border and Israel. DoNT can facilitate safe, ecologically-sane methods for disassembling the weapons, while providing jobs to people in areas threatened by the silo closures.
American power has overextended itself with bases all over the world, including in countries such as Germany where no direct threat exists. Unnecessary bases are also spread throughout the United States, but their economic benefits to the surrounding communities make them politically impossible to close. DoNT offers strategies and contracting services for repurposing these facilities in ways that can reduce military expenditure while at the same time actually increasing economic benefit for nearby communities.
Emergency cultural exchange
Sensing the rise in hostilities, the State Department and Pentagon should sponsor aggressive programs of cultural exchange between the U.S. and rouge states. In addition to a drastically expanded Human Terrain Teams program where there are military operatives, funding will be available for media personnel, artists, and scholars to travel to these states. High-visibility venues in broadcast media and traveling roadshows will facilitate the dissemination of what they produce back home. People of these professions from the same states will be invited to travel freely in the U.S. for equivalent purposes. DoNT can administer these grants and provide on-site services for participants the emergency exchange programs such as translation, medical care, and local contacts.
An Expanded Peace Corps
Inspired by William James's essay, "The Moral Equivalent of War," DoNT is interested in helping develop a large-scale expansion of the Peace Corps, including possible partnerships with the military. This could include, but is not limited to, a revised Selective Service law.
Armed Services Uniforms
When Americans represent our country on foreign soil, appearances are everything. DoNT is working to redesign the uniforms of all branches of the armed services in order to reenforce their role as constructive, rather than merely destructive, agents.