Mark Medish, President of The Messina Group, co-authored an article for CounterPunch about the lessons the United States must learn from the COVID-19 pandemic. Medish, along with Joel McCleary, outlines ten points that are essential in building a strong system to fight biological and cyber attacks.
“The good news is that we met existential challenges during the nuclear standoff in the Cold War. The bad news is that we have taken our success for granted and ignored the gathering storm of natural and man-made threats. We must re-learn lessons from the nuclear age, build a resilient system against cyber or biological threats – ensuring the continuity of government and society.
When physicist Robert Oppenheimer witnessed the first nuclear test, he quoted a line from the Bhagavad-Gita: “Now I become death, the destroyer of worlds.” This image conveyed his awakening to the raw power of both nature and science.”