Madeleine Albright and Richard Armitage work side by side in this go to think tank for national security ideas, formed in 2007 and funded by just about every corporation that receives federal contracts, a host of private equity firms, and all branches of the military. Strange bedfellows? Yes, but just co-directors of this bi-partisan think tank.
In light of the latest NSA revelations, as well as the 2007 launch of this organization, I ask this question:
How much influence does this group have on the Obama Administration's national security policies in general, and the over reach of NSA in particular?You can click here to read about the Center for NEW American Security here. This is the link to CNAS's website.
These are Muckety Maps that show relationships; however, these are just screen shots and are not interactive. I take some time to rearrange Muckety Maps so the relationships are easier to see. Also, to see LARGER, LEGIBLE version, just double click to open these maps up.
If you are interested in playing around with the INTERACTIVE MAPS for the Center for New American Security, you can go to this link,then click on the solid and dotted lines to see the relationships for each corporation and person showing on the following charts.
I wanted to see if Armitage and Albright connected in other ways, so I expanded them both to make this map:
As you can see, they are both also connected to the Atlantic Council of the United States as well.
So Richard and Madeleine are both respected contributors to national issues.
So who funded this think tank's launch? Here's the link to the Interactive Map. Just click on the "98 Contributors" box. There are so many, that the map is difficult to read.
I took the time to rearrange the map. Here's a readable version that is not interactive. Double click to see the larger version.
CNAS also provides a list of supporters (contributors) here.
Muckety Maps are not perfect, but the benefit of the ability to see the inter-relatedness of those on the maps is priceless.
Here is the list of CNAS's funders in no particular order in case Muckety Maps missed one:
Accuron Technologies Limited
Hart, Molly Butler and Michael D. Griffin
Rolls-Royce North America Inc.
Activision | Blizzard
Health Net Federal Services LLC
Sandler Family Foundation
Advanced Rotorcraft Training Services
Sapphire Energy, Inc.
Aegis Defense Services LLC
Heinrich Boell Foundation, North America
Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Aerospace Industries Association
Henes, COL Chris, AUS (Ret.)
Schwartz, Bernard L.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Hillen, The Honorable Dr. John
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
Allen and Co. LLC
Hills Family Fund
Sembcorp-Sabine Shipyards, Inc.
American International Group (AIG)
American Natural Gas Alliance
HL Capital Inc.
American President Lines
Honeywell International Inc.
Ship and Ocean Foundation
Ashe, Ambassador Victor
Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
Smith Richardson Foundation
Aspen Strategy Group
IF Hummingbird FD, Inc.
Soliman, Moshira and R. Leslie Deak
Import of Santa Monica
Avenue Capital Management II, LP
International Business Machines (IBM)
BAE Systems - North America
Itochu Aviation, Inc.
BAE Systems Plc - United Kingdom
Itochu International, Inc.
Bank of America
ITT Defense & Information Solutions
Stone Key Partners
Bavarian Nordic Inc.
John Templeton Foundation
Stone Point Capital
Bechtel National, Inc.
Jorge Scientific Corporation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Bessemer Venture Partners
Keppel Corporation Limited
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US
Textron Charitable Trust
The Albright Group
Bovin Family Foundation
Levin Capital Strategies, LP
The Alliance for Climate Protection
Brenner West Capital Advisors
Lockheed Martin Corporation
The Blackstone Group
Lotus Asset Management
The Boeing Company
Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.
The Carson Family Charitable Trust
CH2M HILL, Inc.
The Connect U.S. Fund
Charles River Ventures
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chertoff Group, LLC
The John P. White and Elizabeth M. White Family Foundation
Chevron Products Company
McKinsey & Co.
The Potomac Foundation
Clear Brook Advisors
Mission Essential Personnel, LLC
The Rockefeller Foundation
Cross-Strait Interflow Prospect Foundation
The Russell Foundation
The Tauri Group
David Berger Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Deloitte Consulting LLP
New Century Consulting
Tiber Creek Partners, LLC
Dunlap, Maj Gen Charles, USAF (Ret.)
Dynamic Strategies Asia, LC
Northrop Grumman Corporation
DynCorp International LLC
Nuclear Threat Initiative
Two Sigma Investments, LLC
EADS North America
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
United Overseas Bank Limited
Emergent BioSolutions Inc.
Palantir Technologies Inc.
United Parcel Service (UPS)
United States Air Force
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Perry Living Trust
United States Army
FHC Health Systems
Pershing Square Capital Management
United States Coast Guard
Peter and Devon Briger Foundation
United States Department of Defense (Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of Net Assessment)
Finmeccanica, North America Inc.
Pew Charitable Trusts
United States Institute of Peace
Fluor Enterprises, Inc.
United States Marine Corps
Foley Hoag LLP
Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc.
United States National Intelligence Council
Ford Motor Company
United States Navy
Four Seasons Ventures, LLC
Voltaix (c/o Roxiticus Foundation)
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation
Friedman Family Foundation
Quang X. Pham Foundation
RBC Capital Markets, LLC
WILL Interactive, Inc.
General Dynamics Corporation
Red Lion Foundation
General Electric Aviation
Renaissance Strategic Advisors
Zak Family Charitable Trust
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Haley, LCDR Ronald J., USNR (Ret.)
What seems obvious to me is that the Center for New American Security is where politicians, military brass, corporations, and non-profit organizations come together to develop the national security strategies for the United States.
CNAS is very busy. One of their main projects is grooming, because we must have a new generation of technocrats to take over our national security:
Click here to see the last class of chosen ones.
What I also found interesting is how many of the same people are also on the Council for Foreign Relations.
There is one more organization where, if you dig through the Muckety Map links, you will find many of the same people coming together.
The Center for the Study of the Presidency. Click here for the Muckety map link, then click on the different boxes to see the relationships. It would take another diary to cover this group. Clickhereto read the Board of Trustees.
We understand the need for national security; however, it would be nice for "the people" to have an actual seat at the table with some of these think tanks.
We have been wondering how these groups seem to coordinate efforts to frustrate the voice of the people. I believe the think tanks are where this happens. The think tanks and groups like The Aspen Group is where the power brokers meet and plan what ends up being our destiny.
It is also clear that military brass have a bright future when they retire as they are invited onto boards of multi-national corporations, banks, and even private equity firms in addition to becoming directors of these powerful think tanks.
What is frustrating is that, we the people, don't have access to these thought processes; however, one can only imagine that there is a chain of information dissemination that could easily find its way to the lobbyists who will grease Congress to pass laws in the favor of corporations and interest groups, but not necessarily in our best interest.
Lastly, I wonder how to interpret the use of the word NEW? Is it NEW AMERICAN? or NEW SECURITY?
What do you think?
America is definitely looking new to me, and not in a good way.
I could be wrong. I hope I am wrong.