Does the Autism Epidemic Undermine Our Nation’s Defense?

A Foresight Scenario: The Department of Defense must unequivocally acknowledge that the very statistic that should send alarm bells across the DoD is one prediction alone:  By the year 2030, one in the two children in the United States will be diagnosed with autism.

by Dr. David E. Martin, Chairman, M·CAM International LLC

What does the rise in Autism mean for our Nation’s ability to recruit and sustain a ready defense posture?

Recognizing that pharmaceutical companies are aware of the commercial value of developing treatments for the growing incidence of sequelae of their own products, M·CAM contemplated how this awareness might impact other segments of society with a particular focus on National Defense.

The fact that America has been able to rely on the tens of thousands of eligible and healthy enlistment-age individuals to volunteer for service into the U.S. Armed Forces has been a time-honored practice that has served our nation well. These respected individuals have stepped up and committed their service to the defense of our nation and, in doing so, have made our country safer and our freedoms preserved.

All Americans acknowledge the tremendous sacrifices that our Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and Marines make every day to defend the principles of our Nation. Their commitment to stand in ready defense against the threats that we face now and tomorrow is time-honored. We also honor all those service members, both active-duty and retired, and those Department of Defense (DoD) Civilians and Contractors who have in the past and currently also volunteer to serve and defend.

With this said, however, I would now ask a few questions. First, however, I’ll make a statement.

The very freedoms we enjoy and the very National Security that we seek are in grave jeopardy. The key element that enables a ready national defense has always been, and remains, a healthy population of individuals from which to recruit. Securing our country is not about the technologies, the treaties, the equipment, or the policy alliances. It is the individual American who volunteers to serve that we rely upon the most. It is the availability of healthy human beings we must be most concerned about.

Autism Statistics are Real

I need to emphasize and state, in the most strident terms possible: There exists a very grave and emergent threat to our National Security and it will come, in large part, because our children are sicker than all previous generations. And, depending on the gravity of their illnesses, young men and women will not be eligible for enlistment nor will they be capable of operating within a chain of command.

The Department of Defense must unequivocally acknowledge that this grave statistic: By the year 2030, one in two children in the United States will be diagnosed with autism. That should send alarm bells across the DoD and shock every military leader in this country.

These numbers did not come out of thin air. Citing the March 26, 2020 Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network report and reporting on the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as a source – the statistics are as follows:

• “one in 150 children in the 2007 report”
• “one in 110 children in the 2009 report”
• “one in 88 children in the 2012 report”
• “one in 68 children in the 2014 report”
• “one 68 children in the 2016 report”
•  the report also states, “…in Maryland, the prevalence of ASD was 1 in 52 children: 1 in 33 for boys and 1 in 128 for girls.”

Using conservative estimates and given the exponential rate this number has already grown, in merely ten years, the autism rate could be as high as one in two…every other child.

But autism data alone does not begin to account for the massive number of children with chronic illnesses, including autoimmune diseases, metabolic disorders, neurological diseases, allergies, asthma, cancer, and on and on. The horrible status of the health of America’s children and the health statistics that don’t lie should stand out as a grave concern to those who in charge of our current and future National Defense and readiness posture.

Why is this happening? Why aren’t parents alarmed that their children are taking 3 or more daily prescription medications? Why isn’t the DoD focusing on the epidemic of sick kids and the avalanche of autism statistics?

As I already stated – this data presents the gravest threat to our Nation’s ability to defend itself. There simply will not be a sufficient pool of eligible candidates from which to recruit.

The DoD also relies on civilian and contractor support. The DoD will find, in a mere 10 years, the pool of candidates to fill federal government positions will also be impacted. Further, with potentially one in two American children requiring care for their autism and a long list of health conditions, nearly every American family will be impacted by the fiscal, educational, and medical interventions needed to care for these children, especially those who are most severely affected.

Bone Chilling Questions

I ask the following questions:

Does a current or future enemy simply need to sit back and wait ten more years? Do they only need to watch as our nation dissolves under the burden of an overwhelmed health care system?  Using Game Theory, what will happen if we continue to ignore this weakness and ignore this impact on our defense readiness posture?

These questions alone far exceed the “warp speed” being used to rush an experimental drug into an already unwell population. The major focus for our leaders charged with the defense of our Nation should be the very serious topic of the declining health of those who would be called to defend our nation’s security.

The DoD must focus on this issue and seek out those who hold more nuanced, independent, and scientific perspectives on the causes of the autism epidemic. This community must be consulted and brought into the planning and policy-making decisions. I argue that since there is an entire body of research that has essentially been vilified, censored, and silenced, the DoD must take a brave and bold stand to include this data, challenge the ‘approved’ data, and go outside the normal channels for their sources of additional data. They will find a rigorous body of research conducted by esteemed scholars and scientists from around the world. This research will tell a very different story than the one being ignored.

My recommendation is succinct: The DoD must immediately expand the scope of national security defense postures and readiness planning by including the well documented poor health of the U.S. population, particularly our children. DoD brass must examine the federally-indemnified vaccine program and determine if it is a possible – or even probable – contributor to the crisis.

Vaccines and Autism: Buried Again

There have been numerous efforts to bring the issue of the autism epidemic to the fore. However, it comes as no surprise to parents dealing with the day-to-day challenges of an autistic child that this topic is controlled by authorized and narrowly approved voices. The large, well-documented body of data is systematically negated. And if one dares to connect the relationship between substances designed to hyper-stimulate the immune system (vaccine adjuvants), the symptoms associated with autism (regressive encephalopathy, neuroinflammation, metabolic disorders), and the overall decline in our children’s health, those voices are also systematically destroyed.

In the 2018 book, How to End the Autism Epidemic, J.B. Hadley notes:

“…The House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reforms Committee almost held a hearing in November 2013 about the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program following Mary Holland’s paper detailing the eighty-three cases of vaccine-induced autism and Rolf Hazlehurst’s memo detailing apparent corruption during the OAP hearings-until industry influences were brought to bear and the hearing was canceled. The hearing needs to take place, and Drs. Zimmerman, Kelley and Poling need to be compelled to testify.” (Handley, p. 240).

Further, Mr. Handley writes, in the same book, that “…Dr. William Thompson needs to testify…” Dr. Thompson is a CDC whistleblower who alleged fraud at the CDC on “…a critical study assessing the relationship between vaccines and autism, yet no one in Congress has compelled Dr. Thompson to testify” (Handley, p. 240). These issues, legislative and details of agency influence, are significant. J.B.’s book includes an expansive look into a number of related data and sources that the DoD should include. Further, there are other fields of emerging research available on the topics of epigenetics and aluminum (alum) as an adjuvant through the work of Dr. Chris Exley. The renowned research by Dr. James Lyons-Weiler and his work on “Pathogenic priming” is also extremely critical.

A senior leader within the DoD might well ask the following: What are the common and permanent impairments?  What behaviors or conditions are directly jeopardizing the fitness to serve? To the uninitiated, autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) the manifestations are perplexing because there is not a single set of symptoms.

Among the more reported behaviors are: (Handley, p. 19)

  • “inability to relate to others (called “social-emotional reciprocity”)
  • “gross deficits” in language development, peculiar speech patterns, and
  • “unusual relationships with the environment” (attachment to inanimate objects, rigidity, etc.)

There are countless documented cases describing conditions found across diverse medical and legal communities.

JB also discusses the 2011 study published in Pace Environmental Law Review, “Unanswered Questions from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program,” by Mary Holland, et al. which addressed cases of brain damage and autism (p. 231). Those considering the possibility that some persons with an autism diagnosis may “recover” enough to serve should be reminded that the military vaccinates its recruits with more vaccines than are given to the U.S. civilian populations.

Who Should Pay Attention?

Every level and every branch of the military must be part of this discussion:

DoD Agency Heads, Program Offices and Managers such as the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness; Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (ASD[HA]), the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), the DoD Joint Vaccine Acquisition Program, the USAMRMC Special Immunizations Program (SIP), the Director of Defense Research and Engineering and the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board (AFEB) and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower & Reserve Affairs and more.

All of these agencies – and more – must be included. BUT – and this is a major caveat – there must be a seat at the table for physicians, scientists, and researchers who are well-versed in the science showing adverse health effects of vaccines and their ingredients.

The Mandatory Reading List

Nearly every senior leader across the Department of Defense has a reading list. The reading lists are expansive and cover a myriad of topics. They often include books ranging from Sun Tzu and the Art of War to books on leadership and how to develop the next great leaders. For the Defense professional I would add two additional books as required reading.

One: Treatise on Efficacy – Between Western and Chinese Thinking, by Francois Jullien.

Two: How to End the Autism Epidemic by JB Handley.

Of note: at least 10 thousand copies of JB’s book has been sent to nearly every legislator across the U.S. The DoD must also read this book so that they can begin to learn about the data that parents, legislators, scientists, lawyers and competitors around the world already know.

On the back of Handley’s book is a line written by attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. that states that it is a “…book every parent must read”. Agreed. And it is a book that every Defense Professional planning for our future defense posture must read.  Add it to your reading list.

To those in a position to advocate for an immediate review of the current crisis – treat Handley’s book as a Sense of the Community Memorandum (SOCM). Use this SOCM and its data in your decision-making processes.

And, as for recommending Julien’s book, it is about divergent thinking and strategic planning. It is instructive on how to seize on a potential vulnerability in a competitor. In other words, it is an education on how a competitor thinks and how to leverage divergent systems into success.

Jullien states “…if your starting point is the potential in the situation, your relationship to the future is one of anticipation” (p.192).

Bringing this back to the current issue: The U.S. Autism rates are not hypothetical numbers. They are facts, and I would argue, our competitors don’t have to work very hard to assess the potential vulnerability in our future defenses. They can easily assess the opportunity the autism epidemic will present for them.

Read the books.

The grave concern we are facing, or stated differently, the overwhelming threat facing our nation may well be the health status of our population. This fact will alter the trajectory of our Nation’s defenses. Do vaccines and their adjuvants have anything to do with this epidemic?

Ask the questions.

The leaders at the DoD swear an oath to defend our nation against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. With vaccine mandates looming for an experimental product with no liability, hundreds of vaccine injuries and deaths already being documented., the question of the relationship between vaccines, their adjuvants, and the growing autism epidemic must become critically relevant to the future protection of our nation.

We are nearly out of time. August 2030 is less than ten years away.


Author’s Note: Drawing on its experience with the Arlington Institute, the Singapore Risk Assessment Horizon Scanning (RAHS) Program and UK Foresight, M·CAM has examined a possible scenario impacting the national defense posture of the United States. M·CAM has developed a foresight model into the scenario below. What gave rise to this inquiry was a comprehensive review of vaccine patents held by corporations, institutions, and individuals around the world in response to the SARS Coronavirus events of 2020. Specifically, M·CAM examined the 1,705 patents and patent applications which address vaccination and autism.

The relationship between vaccination technology and vaccine injury has been the subject of highly charged public discourse heightened by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) in 1986, establishing a federal no-fault system to compensate victims of injury caused by mandated vaccines. Since then, over 1,700 patents and patent applications have been filed specifically associating vaccines and autism. Among them is U.S. Patent 9,937,233 – “Engineered nucleic acids and use thereof” – issued to Moderna on April 10, 2018. This patent’s description proposes a vaccine-like treatment for conditions frequently published as possible vaccine injuries.

“In some embodiments, modified mRNAs and their encoded polypeptides in accordance with the present invention may be used for therapeutic purposes. In some embodiments, modified mRNAs and their encoded polypeptides in accordance with the present invention may be used for treatment of any of a variety of diseases, disorders, and/or conditions, including but not limited to one or more of the following: autoimmune disorders (e.g. diabetes, lupus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis); inflammatory disorders (e.g. arthritis, pelvic inflammatory disease); infectious diseases (e.g. viral infections (e.g., HIV, HCV, RSV), bacterial infections, fungal infections, sepsis); neurological disorders (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease; autism; Duchenne muscular dystrophy); cardiovascular disorders (e.g. atherosclerosis, hypercholesterolemia, thrombosis, clotting disorders, angiogenic disorders such as macular degeneration); proliferative disorders (e.g. cancer, benign neoplasms); respiratory disorders (e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease); digestive disorders (e.g. inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers); musculoskeletal disorders (e.g. fibromyalgia, arthritis); endocrine, metabolic, and nutritional disorders (e.g. diabetes, osteoporosis); urological disorders (e.g. renal disease); psychological disorders (e.g. depression, schizophrenia); skin disorders (e.g. wounds, eczema); blood and lymphatic disorders (e.g. anemia, hemophilia); etc.”

About the Author:

During the 1990s, Dr. David Martin ran the Commonwealth of Virginia’s first medical device contract research organization for FDA clinical trials. During that same period, he was instrumental in facilitating technology transfer from the former Soviet Union, Japan, and Eastern Europe to the U.S. In 2003, he led the successful prosecution and end of the 2nd largest tax fraud in U.S. history involving the collusion between corporations and U.S. universities. For more than 20 years, David has operated the only organization to audit the quality of U.S. and Global Patents for regulated capital markets, banks, and the patent offices and their oversight agency. And, for nearly 30 years, he has monitored overt and covert bioweapons and biodefense programs in over 120 countries. For more information about Dr. David Martin’s work: and 


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