To properly defend ourselves we must be aware that a specific threat exists, we must understand that threat and we must act accordingly to that threat. Relying upon current scientific data and methodology is not a wise step considering how easily self-interested data is passed around in this modern age. The Global Asteroid Protection Society actually came around because we recognized that in our current system there are clearly GAPS which must be filled. This is where we come in. But like modern science and business, we are completly self-interested. We believe that only those who wish to contribute to such matters, should benefit from our collective work. If in this process all humankind benefits, that is wonderful, but when it comes down to where the rock will land, it will not be our properties.
We have a multi-phase process to ensure proper defense for the complete society, though individual members can benefit from additional consultation and developments made by the society.