Reader’s Forum — Dennis Flaherty

2034 is a cautionary tale of national security threats that can arise from a failure of imagination. In this novel, a foreign power hacks into our nation’s military defense systems with devastating consequences. Subsequent incidents in the South China Sea and in the Strait of Hormuz trigger a series of tit-for-tat reactions, setting the stage for a World War.

The plot is frighteningly plausible.

War is often described as a failure of diplomacy. In 2034, the state of diplomatic relations among key powers (the US, China, Russia, Iran and India) is not well defined. But this is a novel. Geopolitics and diplomacy are not for everyone. That aside, the nuclear and cyber security incidents portrayed in 2034 are straight-line projections of strategic challenges that face us today. Shame on us, if a failure of imagination leaves us without the necessary countermeasures for these threats.

A shot of me [Dennis] during WWII victory celebrations in 1945.  Any wonder I ended up in the military?

Dennis Flaherty retired from the US Air Force in 1988 as a Chief Master Sergeant with over 30 years of active duty. He also retired from Arizona state government after 14 years as a strategic management consultant. He resides in Chandler, Arizona, with his wife of 60 years.


Thursday, August 12th at 2pm ET
For the Politics for the People ZOOM Event
With 2034 Authors Elliot Ackerman
and Admiral James Stavridis


Founder of the Politics for the People free educational series and book club for independent voters. Chair of the New York County Independence Party.

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