Securing the Homeland – From the Air

Go Lean Commentary

cu-blog-securing-the-homeland-from-the-air-photo-4The movement behind the book Go Lean … Caribbean wants to protect the Caribbean homeland. We want to ensure that all our stakeholders – residents, tourists, trading partners – are safe and secure within our borders.

This quest is not just a desire, it is also a job description. According to the implied Social Contract, citizens surrender some of their freedoms and submit to the authority of the State in exchange for protection of remaining natural and legal rights. This Social Contract authorizes the State to raise a militia and establish police forces to ensure public safety and protections against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

This job responsibility is a BIG deal; and very expensive. For some governmental administrations – think local municipalities – security fulfillment is the lion-share of their budgets. This is because of the one ingredient that is most expensive:


The Go Lean book presents a strategy for better securing the homeland by optimizing the investment in people. The approach is to ensure homeland security by confederating a regional force – police and military – under the guise of the Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU). This allows for greater leverage and economies-of-scale.

Security is costly; both on the macro and the micro (price per citizen/capita). So it is prudent to spread the large cost of security across a wider base; think wholesale versus retail. The bigger the confederation, the cheaper the cost per capita. This strategy allows us to attain our objectives while confronting the reality of Caribbean life, that the 30 member-states are mostly all Third World countries; they hover near the poverty line; we do not have money to field a Big-Bulky military or police force.

If a community wants to have the protections without the expense, then there is the need to be smart, efficient and agile: “Jack be nimble; Jack be quick”.

Agile or nimble? These are descriptors synonymous with “lean”.

Just the name of the book – Go Lean … Caribbean – is a clue to this strategy: to provide a nimble, agile security solution in conjunction with economic empowerments. So when we think of lean security, do not think sledgehammer, think scalpel, or surgical precision.

There is a primary functionality that the CU can provide that is surgical? Intelligence.

The Go Lean book provide comprehensive details on Intelligence Gathering and Analysis. See this sample here from Page 182:

  • The [enlarged] size of the CU market will allow it to afford cutting edge equipment, systems and training to facilitate the intelligence gathering functionality for all CU defense initiatives.
  • The CU’s law enforcement agencies will work in conjunction with the Homeland Security apparatus. Even though the CU jurisdiction extends to economic crimes and regional threats, the CU will provide intelligence gathering and analysis for domestic and foreign security entities. The CU will also extend grants to local agencies to acquire and maintain surveillance equipment: CATV, dashboard cameras for police cars and helmet “cams” on tactical (SWAT) team members.

Security Intelligence is the focus of this series of commentaries. There is the need to optimize military intelligence and police-crime intelligence to better secure the Caribbean homeland. This commentary is 1 of 3 from the movement behind the book Go Lean … Caribbean, in consideration of Security Intelligence. The other commentaries detailed in this series are as follows:

  1.   Securing the Homeland – From the Air
  2.   Securing the Homeland – From the Seas
  3.   Securing the Homeland – On the Ground

All of these commentaries relate to the Caribbean security apparatus being promoted in the Go Lean regional empowerment effort. They consider the short-term, mid-term and long-term needs of our communities.

As related in previous commentaries – see list below – there is the need for overt and covert security in the region. These previous submissions describe that the regional security pact must be instituted with a legal treaty – Status of Forces Agreement – at the launch of the Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU). The Go Lean book therefore serves as a roadmap for the introduction and implementation of the CU. The security apparatus within the CU would be established by all sovereign powers of the 30 Caribbean member-states to empower the region with this Security / Defense Pact (Armed Forces) with a fully-empowered Naval Force and adequately manned Expeditionary Marine Forces to facilitate the region’s security interest. For covert empowerments, the book details the width-and-breadth of an Intelligence Gathering & Analysis Apparatus to fully round-out the security efforts.

For this consideration, we should answer the question: how can we secure the Caribbean homeland from the air?

Hardware and software…

So hardware refers to the following military equipment (satellites, planes, air-ships, etc). While software refers to intelligence, communications and computer applications. Today’s military establishment is part-soldier, part-sailor, part-aviator and part-computer-programmer!


cu-blog-securing-the-homeland-from-the-air-photo-1The Caribbean owns no satellites! Yet, the Go Lean book details that Security Intelligence can still be fulfilled by engaging other satellite solutions providers:

The Bottom Line on DigitalGlobe
In addition to skilled people, overt intelligence gathering is accomplished by systems architecture (hardware, software & communications) and applications. The combination of DigitalGlobe and GeoEye creates a global leader in earth imagery architecture and the means by which to perform geospatial analysis. They now boast 5 advanced satellites with harmonized collection programs, a collection capability of 3 million square kilometers per day. This provides a worldwide infrastructure for optimized data upload/offload operations and shorter delivery timeframes. A partner client of DigitalGlobe is the Washington, DC-based non-government organization (NGO) Fund For Peace Institute that performs threat assessment and conflict analysis. (Annually, they publish the FSI – Failed State Index). The following is their published statement (
“As part of our quest to find new and innovative methods for conflict analysis, we have begun working with DigitalGlobe’s Analysis Center, which has access to real-time and archival satellite imagery captured by DigitalGlobe’s own fleet of satellites that have been made famous for their role in the Satellite Sentinel Project over Sudan and South Sudan. We are exploring these new forms of data to watch human patterns change and understand the impact on potential for conflict, or how a change in patterns may be an indicator of conflict. We also want to see how digital imagery – and data generated from the analysis of it – can be integrated into our data, both that used for the high-level FSI and other more granular analysis”. Go Lean book Page 182.

See the VIDEO here on the GeoEye system:

VIDEO – GeoEye –

Uploaded on Jan 13, 2009 – Learn about GeoEye 1 – the world’s highest resolution commercial earth imaging satellite.

Continuing the theme of “Other People’s Satellites”, the Go Lean roadmap also identified the reality that many Caribbean member-states are overseas territories of major military powers, with their own array of satellite offerings. Consider this list:

Military Power Dependent Territory
USA Puerto Rico
US Virgin Islands
United Kingdom Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat
Turks & Caicos, British Virgin Islands
Netherlands Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Saba
Sint Eustatius
France Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy


cu-blog-securing-the-homeland-from-the-air-photo-2There is no need for the Caribbean to deploy or maintain intercontinental ballistic missiles, long-range bombers and fighter jets. But still, many of our allies – see above list – maintain such a readiness. We would welcome their placement in the Caribbean region, whether from ground-bases or aboard aircraft carriers. The Go Lean roadmap allows for a role of these above-identified Military powers in securing the Caribbean homeland from the air. The book implies this at (individually at Pages 245, 246, 247, 248):

The CU Security Pact will allow American/UK/France/NATO forces to patrol, train and visit Caribbean waters [, airspace] and CU ports.

The primary responsibility then for the CU Security Pact in securing the homeland from the air will be the Unified Command and Control of all the intelligence activities from these other powers. This point was stressed in the book on Page 180 – Ways to Improve Homeland Security:

CU Defense Pact
The CU region has enemies, examples being narco-terrorists, and sworn enemies of the CU‘s allies and legacy nations (US, Britain, France, and Netherlands). As a result, the collective security agreement will create a Homeland Security Department, to defend the member states against all enemies, foreign and domestic. This Department will coalesce with the US/British, French and Dutch military liaisons to coordinate the public safety needs of the region against systemic threats. The CU, by the sheer size of the market, will fund the acquisition of cutting edge equipment and defensive weapons – i.e. Un-manned Aviation Vehicles (Drones), anti-aircraft systems, and Attack helicopters.

The Go Lean roadmap does not only call for use of other people’s planes for communications and surveillance, we can and should deploy some of our own as well. How about cutting-edge Un-manned Aerial Vehicles (drones) designed to stay aloft for weeks, months, years at a time. This is now reality…

… see the VIDEO here of a sample UAV, developed with support from Facebook, designed to remain aloft for indefinite periods of time.  (In addition, see this related news article here on this breakthrough accomplishment; retrieved September 13, 2016 from:

VIDEO – Facebook’s drone Aquila project tries to bring internet to the rest of the world  –

Published on Jul 31, 2015 –

Mark Zuckerberg the CEO of facebook on his facebook shares this:

I’m excited to announce we’ve completed construction of our first full scale aircraft, Aquila, as part of our effort.

Aquila is a solar powered unmanned plane that beams down internet connectivity from the sky. It has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but weighs less than a car and can stay in the air for months at a time.

We’ve also made a breakthrough in laser communications technology. We’ve successfully tested a new laser that can transmit data at 10 gigabits per second. That’s ten times faster than any previous system, and it can accurately connect with a point the size of a dime from more than 10 miles away.

This effort is important because 10% of the world’s population lives in areas without existing internet infrastructure. To affordably connect everyone, we need to build completely new technologies.

Using aircraft to connect communities using lasers might seem like science fiction. But science fiction is often just science before its time. Over the coming months, we will test these systems in the real world and continue refining them so we can turn their promise into reality. Here’s a video showing the building of Aquila.

For more information, see website:


First flight – June 28, 2016 …

“We’re proud to announce the successful first test flight of Aquila, the solar airplane we designed to bring internet access to people living in remote locations. We look forward to the rest of the journey toward making the world more open and connected.”

Accompanying VIDEO:


cu-blog-securing-the-homeland-from-the-air-photo-3The Caribbean is an ideal market for modern air-ships.

Gone are the days of the Hindenburg – the German hydrogen-powered air-ship that crashed in the US state of New Jersey in 1937. Now the “lighter than air” class of dirigibles feature stable and secure operations – powered by safe helium – with solar-paneled embedded frames/coverings to enable continuous high-end electronic surveillance. They can remain afloat for weeks at a time. Imagine an inter-connected network of constantly flying air-ships circum-navigating the Caribbean skies-and-waters, always watching, always on guard to protect the homeland from the skies. See a sample air-ship here in this VIDEO:

VIDEO – Lockheed Martin – P-791 Hybrid Airship –

Uploaded on Sep 10, 2010 – Success in the war on terrorism depends on knowing where the enemy is hiding and having resources in place to act on that knowledge quickly. In a war where the adversaries of freedom can strike at any time and from any point, our servicemen and women need the most sophisticated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets available. Their lives and the lives of innocent civilians may hang in the balance.


Considering the foregoing solutions to secure Caribbean intelligence from the air, there is one consistent adjective: not labor-intensive.

  • Yes, we want the advanced security options.
  • No, we do not want high maintenance costs. We want lean, technocratic options … only.

There is the need to reform and transform the societal engines of the Caribbean. This refers to economics, security and governing aspects in the homeland of the 30 member-states of the Caribbean region: all the Caribbean islands, plus the 2 member-states on the South American mainland (Guyana and Suriname) and 1 member-state on the Central American isthmus (Belize). Despite our difference, “we are all in the same boat” and must band together to ensure our homeland is protected.

We know that “bad actors” abound now; and we expect even more … to come.

The Go Lean book asserts that once we remediate and mitigate our broken economic engines, we most assuredly should expect more security challenges, as economic success brings “bad actors” looking to exploit the environment for their own illicit gains; (Page 23). This point is pronounced early in the Go Lean book with the Declaration of Interdependence (Page 12) that claims:

x.   Whereas we are surrounded and allied to nations of larger proportions in land mass, populations, and treasuries, elements in their societies may have ill-intent in their pursuits, at the expense of the safety and security of our citizens. We must therefore appoint “new guards” to ensure our public safety and threats against our society, both domestic and foreign. The Federation must employ the latest advances and best practices … to assuage continuous threats against public safety.

xii. Whereas the legacy in recent times in individual states may be that of ineffectual governance with no redress to higher authority, the accedence of this Federation will ensure accountability and escalation of the human and civil rights of the people for good governance, justice assurances, due process and the rule of law. As such, any threats of a “failed state” status for any member state must enact emergency measures on behalf of the Federation to protect the human, civil and property rights of the citizens, residents, allies, trading partners, and visitors of the affected member state and the Federation as a whole.

xvi. Whereas security of our homeland is inextricably linked to prosperity of the homeland, the economic and security interest of the region needs to be aligned under the same governance. Since economic crimes, including piracy and other forms of terrorism, can imperil the functioning of the wheels of commerce for all the citizenry, the accedence of this Federation must equip the security apparatus with the tools and techniques for predictive and proactive interdictions.

The CU Security/Defense Pact would be established by the 30 member-states to empower the region, above and beyond any offerings from our neighboring Super-Power, the US. We are responsible for our economic engines, and must also be responsible for our own security apparatus. In fact, the Go Lean roadmap stresses these 3 statements in the Go Lean/CU prime directives:

  • Optimization of the economic engines in order to grow the regional economy and create new jobs.
  • Establishment of a security apparatus to protect the resultant economic engines and the Caribbean homeland.
  • Improvement of Caribbean governance to support these engines.

The requirement for the Status of Forces Agreement, to empower our security apparatus, is “Step One, Day One” in the Go Lean roadmap. The Go Lean book details the series of community ethos, strategies, tactics, implementations and advocacies to provide the proactive and reactive public safety/security in the Caribbean region:

Community Ethos – Economic Systems Influence Individual Choices Page 21
Community Ethos – Consequences of Choices Lie in Future Page 21
Community Ethos – Privacy –vs- Public Protection Page 23
Community Ethos – Intelligence Gathering Page 23
Community Ethos – “Crap” Happens Page 23
Community Ethos – Cooperatives Page 25
Community Ethos – Ways to Improve Sharing Page 35
Community Ethos – Ways to Promote Happiness Page 36
Community Ethos – Ways to Impact the Greater Good Page 37
Strategy – Vision – Confederating a non-sovereign permanent union Page 45
Tactical – Fostering a Technocracy Page 64
Tactical – Separation of Powers – Coast Guard & Naval Authorities Page 75
Tactical – Separation of Powers – Ground Militia Forces Page 75
Tactical – Separation of Powers – Emergency Management Agency Page 76
Implementation – Ways to Pay for Change Page 101
Implementation – Start-up Foreign Policy Initiatives Page 102
Implementation – Start-up Security Initiatives Page 103
Implementation – Ways to Foster International Aid Page 115
Planning – 10 Big Ideas – #3: Consolidated Homeland Security Pact Page 130
Planning – Ways to Make the Caribbean Better – Safer Page 131
Planning – Ways to Improve Failed-State Indices – Escalation Role Page 134
Planning – Lessons from the American West – Needed Law & Order Page 142
Planning – Lessons from Egypt – Law & Order for Tourism Page 143
Advocacy – Ways to Grow the Economy – Quick Disaster Recovery Page 151
Advocacy – Ways to Improve Governance Page 168
Advocacy – Ways to Better Manage the Social Contract Page 170
Advocacy – Ways to Impact Justice – Policing the Police Page 177
Advocacy – Ways to Reduce Crime – Regional Security Intelligence Page 178
Advocacy – Ways to Improve Homeland Security Page 180
Advocacy – Ways to Mitigate Terrorism Page 181
Advocacy – Ways to Improve Intelligence Gathering & Analysis Page 182
Advocacy – Ways to Improve for Emergency Management Page 196
Advocacy – Ways to Foster Technology Page 197

Other subjects related to security and governing empowerments for the region’s defense have been blogged in other Go Lean…Caribbean commentary, as sampled here: Lesson from China – South China Seas: Exclusive Economic Zones ‘Crap Happens’ – So What Now? ISIS and Terrorism reaches the Caribbean Region Security Role Model: African Standby Force A Lesson in History – During the Civil War: Principle over Principal Sum of All Fears – ‘On Guard’ Against Deadly Threats A Lesson in History – Cinco De Mayo and Mexico’s Security Lapses Managing a ‘Clear and Present Danger’ Dreading the ‘Caribbean Basin Security Initiative’ Intelligence Agencies to Up Cyber Security Cooperation America’s Navy – 100 Percent – Model for Caribbean Status of Forces Agreement = Security Pact Remembering and learning from Boston 10 Things We Want from the US – #4: Pax Americana

The promoters of the Go Lean … Caribbean book has only one goal: to make this homeland a better place to live, work and play. This also means stronger and safer!

The Caribbean is arguably the best address on the planet; but there are societal defects that must be remediated and mitigated. Our primary economic driver is tourism, and tourists do not visit “hot-spots” with civil war, genocides, active terrorism and rampant crime. We cannot allow these threats to arise and must be prepared to mitigate them at the earliest signs of trouble.

We must lead first with intelligence … gathering and analysis.

A safe, secure homeland is important for how we live, how we work, and how we and others play here in the Caribbean. So the issues in this discussion is of serious concern. We are not preparing for war; we are preparing for peace; preparing to secure our homeland. 🙂

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