Strategic Silence: NHI Disclosure and Global Power

by Ian Q. Calderwood

I. Towards a New Political Landscape

The assertion of ongoing Non-Human Intelligence contact and technology retrieval programs within the U.S. governmental apparatus, if validated, represents a paradigm shift in our understanding of geopolitical realities and the known limits of technological advancement. The implications extend beyond our current prevailing understanding, with potential ramifications touching every sphere of human activity—from technology, economics, and geopolitics, to philosophy, culture, and religion. The spectacle of non-human intelligence (NHI) not only challenges the preeminent humanist narrative, but ushers us into an era of confronting the extraterrestrial ‘other’.

The rumblings from whistleblowers within the U.S., suggesting a history of encounters and the possession of NHI artifacts, is already sending ripples across the global political landscape. The ongoing Congressional hearings and the impending full disclosure, should it manifest, represent the precipice of a new world, one where humanity is potentially not alone.

The conspicuous silence from other major powers, namely the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China, adds another layer of complexity to an already opaque issue. The absence of their voice within the international conversation raises questions about their strategies, intentions, and the potential consequences of their reticence on the global stage.

This analysis aims to address these questions. It delves into the silence of Russia and China, decoding it through the lens of international relations theory, strategic latency, and cultural context. The following sections of this paper will explore:

  1. The strategic implications of Russia and China’s silence, and how it potentially alters the existing power dynamics.
  2. The domestic impact within these nations, with a focus on societal stability, transparency, and the ideological paradigms that might influence their response to the NHI discourse.
  3. Policy recommendations for stakeholders within the U.S. government and beyond.

As we venture into this uncharted territory, we must acknowledge the assumptions we are making. Primarily it is assumed, for the sake of this paper, that the claims of David Grusch are true and that federal action will soon follow.

It is critical to approach this analysis with an openness to reevaluate our prevailing assumptions about the nature of power, sovereignty, and intelligence. Our exploration of these themes, and the speculation it invites, must be balanced by an acknowledgment of the limits of our understanding. This is particularly true given that the silence of Russia and China could be as strategic and revealing as any disclosure. As we navigate this complex terrain, it is prudent to recall that in the realm of international relations, silence can speak volumes.

II. Evaluating NHI Strategic Latency

In the chessboard of international relations, power dynamics are often influenced by a combination of diplomatic, economic, and military prowess. The introduction of a new variable such as Non-Human Intelligences (NHI) and potential technologies derived from them add an additional, unforeseen dimension to this game.

Analyzing the responses, or rather, the lack thereof, from Russia and China, provides insight into their potential strategic postures. The lack of official public engagement on the issue from these nations, despite Grusch’s claims indicating the existence of their own crash retrieval programs, can be interpreted as a manifestation of ‘strategic latency.’ In the realm of international strategy, such latency is not an unfamiliar tactic, and we can gain some insight by exploring historical precedents.

During the Cold War, strategic latency was a vital aspect of the nuclear arms race. Both the United States and the Soviet Union embarked on extensive programs to develop and amass nuclear weapons, keeping much of their progress and capabilities concealed. The cloak of ambiguity provided a strategic advantage, maintaining a level of uncertainty about each nation’s actual nuclear capabilities and thresholds, thus adding another layer to the deterrence paradigm. In the current scenario, Russia, with its historical experience in engaging in latent strategic maneuvers, seems to be adopting a similar approach in dealing with the NHI factor.

China, a rising global power with a well-documented history of maintaining opacity on crucial matters of national and international import, provides another example. In recent decades, China’s military modernization efforts, particularly its naval expansion, stealth technologies, and advances in areas like artificial intelligence, have been shrouded in strategic obscurity, leaving the international community guessing about the true extent of its capabilities. Applying a similar strategic reticence in the context of NHI disclosures allows China to maintain control over its narrative, and protect its national interests.

In light of these historical instances, it becomes clear that the current silence from Russia and China might be a calibrated strategic decision, enabling them to control their narrative and shape their strategic position in response to the emerging NHI reality. This approach is akin to studying the games of another chess player to better understand how to counter them as an opponent.

The U.S. disclosure not only opens its strategy but also defines the parameters of this new game. By maintaining silence, Russia and China obtain a strategic advantage, having the ability to observe, absorb, and formulate an informed response to the unfolding scenario. This non-committal stance offers them the flexibility to adapt and pivot their strategy in real-time, potentially maximizing their strategic benefits.

Moreover, the strategic ambiguity provides these nations an opportunity to assess their own programs, presumed to exist in parallel, in light of the U.S. revelations. Observing the extent and nature of American disclosures, they could gauge the progression of their own NHI-related endeavors and maintain ambiguity regarding their capabilities. They retain the ability to manage global expectations while simultaneously working towards potential technological breakthroughs that could challenge the existing balance of power.

This power dynamic, however, extends beyond the geopolitical landscape. It infiltrates the domestic realm, shaping national narratives and societal realities. It is within this framework that we look into the potential domestic implications of these revelations, a subject of equal, if not greater, importance.

III. NHIs and National Narratives

The prospect of the revelation of Non-Human Intelligences not only interrogates our notions of political and scientific realms, but also necessitates a deep understanding of the societal context within which such revelation is received. With respect to Russia and China, their historical, philosophical, and political legacies exert a profound influence on their societal responses to this global awareness shift.

The collective societal frameworks, deeply ingrained in both China and Russia (even if weakened from previous states), shape their worldviews and potentially their reactions to such paradigm-shifting information. This collective perspective, while posing challenges, could also conceivably act as an advantage when dealing with this kind of existential recalibration. The strength of collective societies lies in their ability to rally around a central idea or authority, which in this case would be the government’s narrative about NHI. In an authoritarian regime where information flow is top-down and tightly controlled, the societal response might be more unified, thereby minimizing potential disruption or conflict.

However, while a top-down model could foster compliance and acceptance, the narrative itself, if inconsistent with societal expectations or belief systems, could engender internal discord. In the case of Russia, its historical orthodoxy and the strong influence of the Russian Orthodox Church, with its emphasis on human exceptionalism, may prove to be an obstacle to the seamless acceptance of Non-Human Intelligences.

In contrast, China, with its philosophical traditions like Taoism and Confucianism, which emphasize harmony and unity, might be more flexible in accommodating the existence of Non-Human Intelligences. Taoist cosmology, with its acceptance of multiple realities and the unity of the cosmos, could potentially provide a conceptual framework for understanding and accepting the existence of non-human entities.

However, this speculation should be tempered by the understanding that these philosophical traditions may not uniformly permeate the diverse and complex Chinese society, and that the state’s role in managing the narrative will be paramount. Both Russia and China have a history of state control over information dissemination and narrative shaping. Consequently, the capacity to control and shape the narrative around this revelation becomes a crucial factor in determining societal response.

Indeed, the crux of the issue is not just the existence of Non-Human Intelligences, but the implications of government involvement and secrecy surrounding the issue. The idea that their respective governments have been engaging covertly with non-human entities could be seen as a significant breach of trust, leading to potential social instability. Furthermore, the influx of advanced extraterrestrial technology could disrupt societal norms and expectations, increasing pressure on the government to manage the transition effectively.

The potential societal disruptions, however, do not necessarily signify that Russia and China would refrain from disclosure indefinitely. Rather, their current silence might be a strategic pause, allowing them to craft their own narratives while observing and learning from the global response to the U.S. disclosures.

IV. Policy Recommendations: Expanding Horizons Amid Strategic Silence

Having briefly examined the strategic landscape and the domestic implications of the ET disclosure within major global powers, we now pivot our attention towards deriving solutions to the challenges and opportunities that this extraordinary epoch presents. The insights derived from the preceding analysis necessitate a range of policy considerations that can mitigate potential hazards and cultivate a harmonious global environment in light of these game-changing revelations. It is essential to remember that these proposed measures not only reflect the exigencies of the present but also offer an anticipatory response to the future, addressing the evolving realities and contingencies of the international arena post-disclosure.

1. Diplomatic Engagement

Given the novel and unprecedented nature of NHI phenomena, it is crucial to avoid misunderstanding and misinterpretation. By initiating diplomatic engagement, particularly with silent observers like Russia and China, we can prevent conflict rooted in lack of communication and create a foundation for potential cooperation. In a similar vein to how the ‘Red Phone’ served as a direct line of communication between the White House and the Kremlin during the Cold War, establishing a dialogue concerning NHI-related matters could be instrumental in ensuring shared understanding.

2. Intelligence Sharing

In light of NHI revelations, a comprehensive reassessment of intelligence-sharing protocols becomes paramount. Drawing parallels from the intelligence cooperation that emerged post the 9/11 attacks, the horizon of multilateral intelligence agreements needs to be broadened to accommodate NHI-related intelligence. Inclusion of Russia and China in such agreements, despite historical tensions, could foster a global cooperative environment. It’s important to balance this delicate operation with historical contexts, particularly considering the potential for NHI technology to precipitate a new arms race. Such steps towards transparency could go a long way in building mutual trust and diminishing the chances of conflicts triggered by secrecy and suspicion.

3. Public Communication

With the advent of NHI disclosures, the role of public communication is heightened considerably. Lessons can be drawn from the panic caused by Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds radio broadcast in 1938, illustrating how miscommunication and misinformation can lead to societal chaos. A systematic and well-managed public communication strategy can help mitigate potential destabilization. Techniques borrowed from social and behavioral sciences can guide message delivery to foster understanding, curiosity, and caution, preventing undue panic.

4. Multilateral Frameworks

There is historical precedence in the form of the Montreal Protocol in managing global crises through multilateral frameworks. The potential ramifications of NHI discovery necessitate the formation of new multilateral agreements to manage shared exploration of NHI technology, ensure equitable access, and maintain international security. This cooperative approach can help avoid a disruptive geopolitical competition akin to the Space Race of the mid-20th century.

5. Strategic Transparency

In contrast to strategic ambiguity, the U.S. could opt for a policy of ‘strategic transparency’. This approach, considering the specific context of NHI disclosures, would involve the U.S. positioning itself as a global steward of NHI technology. By embracing transparency, the U.S. could leverage its industrial and scientific might to usher in an era of prosperity and peace. Such a proactive move would redefine the concept of global leadership, moving away from a power-centric paradigm towards a model emphasizing shared benefits and cooperation. Open patents should be considered to further speed any technological transition.

6. Non-Proliferation Efforts

Given the potential for NHI technology to exceed current technological capabilities significantly, the risk of it being militarized could lead to a highly destructive scenario. Drawing from the historical precedents of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), discussions centered around the limitation of proliferation and militarization of NHI-derived technology should be initiated as a matter of priority.

V. Conclusion: Embracing the New Epoch and the Pursuit of Global Leadership

As humanity stands on the threshold of what could be the most transformative era in its history, it is imperative to fully grasp the enormity of the potential revelation of Non-Human Intelligences (NHI). The disclosures by the U.S. signal a fundamental shift that not only redefines our understanding of our place in the cosmos but also reconfigures the existing geopolitical and socio-cultural matrix.

In this unfolding narrative, the silence of Russia and China adds a layer of strategic opacity. Their reticence, while at first glance may seem perplexing, upon deeper analysis, reveals itself to be a strategic decision rooted in geopolitical, historical, and societal contexts. This strategic latency preserves their flexibility to adapt their narratives and responses to the shifting global landscape in the aftermath of the U.S. disclosure.

However, this new epoch of NHI discovery requires more than a reactive approach; it calls for proactive leadership. The U.S., by making the initial disclosures (even if it is against their will), is poised to redefine the concept of global leadership. By embracing strategic transparency, it can leverage its scientific and industrial prowess to steer the world towards a more collaborative and harmonious future. This potential evolution of leadership, underpinned by cooperative exploration and shared benefits, can act as a buffer against disruptive geopolitical competition.

The recommendation to adopt a policy approach akin to the non-proliferation agreements like the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is a case in point. Given the potential destructive capabilities of NHI-derived technology, it is crucial to prevent a new arms race. Hence, discussions centered around the limitation of proliferation and militarization of such technology should be initiated with urgency.

The revelation of NHI is a phenomenon that transcends traditional boundaries of international relations, cutting across various domains of human life. In the light of this new reality, humanity must adapt and evolve its strategic approaches, prioritizing global cooperation, transparency, and a renewed understanding of leadership. The path forward will undoubtedly be challenging, but it also carries the potential to inaugurate a new era of peace, prosperity, and shared exploration.

As we conclude this exploratory analysis, it is important to note that this discourse is just the beginning. The complexity and novelty of the NHI phenomenon necessitate an ongoing, dynamic reassessment and continuous discourse. To this end, forthcoming pieces will feature speculative scenarios designed to enhance our understanding of the newly emerged NHI factor in global relations. This is not a conclusion but an open-ended exploration of a new geopolitical reality. Let us collectively embark on this journey, equipped with the understanding that the pursuit of knowledge is an ongoing endeavor, demanding both courage and curiosity.


This paper is a followed by Beyond the Unknown: Anticipating China and Russia’s Reaction to U.S. NHI Disclosure.