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National Security and the Theories of Dr. Deming: A Civilian's Point of View
Summary: As a systemic issue, national security is deeply related to the core values and infrastructure of a society. Other elements of national security in a strong society include a strong economy, military capability, industrial health, education, political and governmental stability, health care, law, and respect for the environment. This view of national security fits well with W. Edwards Deming's system of profound knowledge, which includes an understanding of psychology and variation. From psychology flows the awareness of meeting citizens' basic needs through the national infrastructure. From the theory of variation comes the reminder that national and global leaders must be ready for alternative possibilities and must understand the difference between common and special causes.