The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) was an American think tank based in Washington, D.C. that lasted from early 1997 to 2006.

It was co-founded by William Kristol and Robert Kagan.

In September 2000, they published a controversial 90-page report entitled Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategies, Forces, and Resources For a New Century.

Signatories to the document included : Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney, Bill Bennett, Elliott Abrams, Gary Bauer, Eliot Cohen, Steve Forbes, Lewis Libby, Norman Podhoretz, Dan Quayle, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, John Bolton, Charles Krauthammer, Rich Lowry, Ellen Bork, Linda Chavez, Frank Gaffney, John McCain, Richard Perle, and Dov Zakheim among others.

The report laid out four core principles to turn America into an empire. An empire that would exercise “full spectrum dominance” primarily through the use of its military. The four core principles were:

To significantly increase defense spending,

To strengthen ties to democratic allies and challenge regimes hostile to American interests and values,

To promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad; and

To accept responsibility for America’s unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to its security, prosperity, and principles.

One section of the report was particularly prescient. Section V of the report includes the following sentence:

“Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor”.

Luckily for them, one year later Bush and his PNAC cronies had their new Pearl Harbor on September 11, 2001.