Alien Invasion: How to Defend Earth

Alien Invasion: How to Defend Earth

by Dr. Travis S. Taylor, Dr. Bob Boan


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ISBN-13: 9781439134429
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Edition description: Original
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 497,405
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Dr. Travis S. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past twenty years. His expertise includes advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space based beamed energy systems, future combat technologies, and next generation space launch concepts. Taylor is also the author of pulse-pounding, cutting edge science fiction novels such as the highly-popular One Day on Mars, Tau Ceti Agenda and his ground-breaking Warp Speed series and a regular on the History Channel’s Life After People and The Universe series.

Dr. Bob Bowan has been an active member of the space community for over a quarter of a century, with an expertise in SIGINT and communication systems and concepts.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Is an Alien Invasion Likely? 5

1.1 The Drake Equation 5

1.2 "Eat at Joes" vs. "Hide and Watch" 19

1.3 Fermi's Paradox: If They Are Out There, Why Aren't They Here? 21

1.4 Distance Barriers and Power Requirements for Starfaring Aliens 35

1.5 Factors Which Affect Rates of Cultural Evolution 41

1.6 Compatibility of Technology and Environment 42

1.7 Politics, Opinions, Emotions, and Philosophy Are not Scientific Evidence 44

1.8 The Central Limit Theorem 45

1.9 Chapter Summary 50

2 Warfare with ET-Humans vs. Aliens Weapons, Tactics, and Strategies for Human Defense 53

2.1 The Basic Principles of War Adjusted for ET Invasion 54

2.2 Civil Defense 63

2.3 The Tactics of Asymmetric Warfare-a View from Both Sides 78

2.4 Earth Defense Technologies and Tactics 83

2.5 Unconventional Considerations 103

2.6 Chapter Summary 114

3 Motive-Based Classifications of Extra-Terrestrials 115

3.1 Motivators 116

3.2 Destructors 119

3.3 Assimilators 120

3.4 Conquerors 122

3.5 Understanding the Alien Motivations to Direct Our Actions 123

3.6 Chapter Summary 124

4 The "Need to Know" 127

4.1 A Gedankenexperiment 129

4.2 What Would YOU Do? What Could YOU Do? 133

4.3 Secret Weapons MUST Be Secret 134

4.4 What YOU Can Do 135

4.5 Conspiracies Are Illegal 136

4.6 Chapter Summary 139

5 First Response, Second Response, Third Response-Did We Get It Right? Did We Win? 141

5.1 How We Handled ET in the Past 141

5.2 Hide, Hail, Warn, Then Shoot-Maybe Just Shoot First Anyway! 146

5.3 Dig In, Recon, Intel, Plan, and Act 148

5.4 Long-Term Defense Plan 150

5.5 Did We Win? 152

5.6 Chapter Summary 153

6 The Sixth Column-Somebody Should be Preparing 155

6.1 The Necessity of Preparation 155

6.2 The Need for Secrecy of the Sixth Column 164

6.3 Organizational Structure 167

6.4 Organizational Rough Order-of-Magnitude Yearly Budget 169

6.5 Patriotic, Ethical, and Legal Responsibilities of the Sixth Column Members 173

6.6 First Tier Sixth Column Research and Development Efforts-Possible First Funded Programs 176

6.7 Chapter Summary 209

7 Conclusions and Discussion 211

Bibliography 217

Index 222

About the Authors 226

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