Strategic Planning Initiatives [SPI]
Chicago / D.C.
With the advent of the September 11, 2001, attacks, Strategic Planning Initiatives (SPI) was formed in October 2001 by its founder, Bruce Moran. The attacks brought to light that the threats of unbridled borderless terrorism, possibly with Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), demand immediate and urgent attention. The immediate threats called for the critical evaluation, redesign and implementation of on-going strategic initiatives for the United States Government (USG) to diminish and minimize violence at home and abroad.
The Strategic Planning Initiatives mission is to lay out viable and sound Assessments, Findings, Initiatives and Action Plans for consideration and action, as appropriate, by USG officials. The SPI proposals, White Papers and Action Plans have been presented to key Executive Branch decision makers, distinguished public officials, and think tanks. They present cohesive strategic planning 1) to advance USG policy and directives in full support of National Security, Homeland Security and Foreign Diplomacy missions and goals; 2) to remove USG bottlenecks in decision making by providing proposals and action plans which synergistically link and build connectivity among government departments so they cohesively work together; and 3) to provide political analyses, comments, 'talking points,' strategies, and recommendations for operational arms of the administration.
The Strategic Planning Initiatives team works to directly support the strategy, actions and operations of the USG: U.S. actions must be timely, purposeful, direct and decisive in dealing with terrorism and its underlying threats. Islamic terrorist cell groups and networks have more than demonstrated they pose a grave and present danger to the United States of America and the world at large. The cells have been trained as homicidal fanatic terrorists to spread violence, chaos and destruction. The underground terrorists work independently as a single cell unit or collectively to cause catastrophic multiple disasters via conventional, biological, chemical, or radioactive weaponry. They can strike anywhere, anyplace and at anytime.
Recognizing that Iraq is one of the 'pivot points' for the war on terror, one of SPI's major thrusts has been to provide keen insights, Initiatives and Action Plans for the Iraq Economic Freedom Dimension of U.S. Foreign Policy and provide a viable and a sound framework for elements of Iraq Security. The SPI Economic Freedom Unified Action Plan with Economic and Security/Intelligence dimensions is integrally woven with: 1) how 'common elements' of Freedom and Liberty, as seen in the 'wisdom' of our Founding Fathers, parallel the tenets of the Qur'an and words of the Prophet; 2) how the sovereign will of Middle Eastern countries historically embrace Liberty in a Freedom based, viable just economy; 3) how Middle Eastern nations can build on long traditions and practices to become fully integrated, productive and responsible members of the international system; and 4) how an Iraq Emergency Rapid Response 911 / Border Security Center, supported by Military Special Forces, Military Police, SWAT Police, Border Agents and Iraqi regular police, can diminish and over time eliminate untoward violence. .
To succeed in the overall "War on Terror" and the "War of Ideas” to reduce the incidence of violence abroad, American strategists must work with societies to create conditions where individual liberty, freedom, independence and sovereignty reign and self-respect is a reality. These conditions diminish and eventually eliminate rule by corruption and violence. "Local participation in government" is not enough when ordinary people lack sufficient economic independence to stand up and turn out insurgents, terrorists, tyrants and bullies. "Government economic programs" are not enough, if controlled by entrenched power groups, special interests or corrupt government officials who use public assets to cause the people to heel. Insurgencies spring from disaffected youth who crave personal recognition and a place of their own in the sun, and will align themselves with manipulative charismatic ideologues who promise them this recognition. Fortunately, Americans have years of experience in spreading individual liberty and freedom in transformational societies, so that the results bring forth transparency, government accountability and Peace through Prosperity. Unfortunately, as clearly evidenced by the 911 Commission Report and terrorist attacks around the world, we have much work ahead of us to change and reform our U.S. foreign policy and programs (via government departments, agencies and Congressional oversight) to protect and defend the National Security of the United States at home and abroad.
The Strategic Planning Initiatives team gives briefings on White Papers, Initiatives, and Action Plans to public officials, such as the Pentagon, State Department, Department of Commerce, USTR, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate Armed Services Committee, Joint Economic Committee, Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and House International Relations Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The SPI team also has discussions with international research organizations and think tanks such as The Heritage Foundation, American for Tax Reform [ATR], CATO, Hudson Institute, American Enterprise Institute [AEI], Freedom Works, Mercatus Foundation [George Mason University], and Atlas Economic Research Foundation.