Category: military

Cyber Stars

/* Warning: Extensive over-use of the word “cyber” ahead. */   The other day my old friend and colleague Bob Gourley Tweeted: Random thought: There are 24 four-star flag officers in the U.S. military. Every 4 star I have ever…

Don’t Believe the Hype

I want you to read this tweet:   Two things: 1. The government is constantly whinging on about how we need more sharing. The private sector elements who actually get involved in sharing regimes constantly complain about how “sharing” with…

MI Wusses Out

DI Olsen, a merciless chop-buster and the first guy to recognize that I might actually have what it takes to lead. He was not entirely incorrect. Sad that they’re moving away form leadership and towards management.

underrattelser – US style

Ralph Peters’ latest report on improvements in MI. Money graph: Appropriate technologies can help us – but no database or collection system is a substitute for seasoned human judgment. The key task in intelligence is understanding the enemy. Machines do…

Inside Dope

Don’t know this particular person, but I know his brothers and sisters and their song remains the same (courtesy of Small Wars Journal): Morale has become bad enough in the Iraq office that DIA has had to drop the requirement…

Open Source Reform

Thanks to John for pointing this out: Gen. David H. Petraeus, the new U.S. commander in Iraq, is assembling a small band of warrior-intellectuals — including a quirky Australian anthropologist, a Princeton economist who is the son of a former…

Sword, double-edged, one-each

Bloody hell: Google is talking with military agencies in Iraq after learning that terrorists attacking British bases in Basra appear to have been using aerial footage from Google Earth to pinpoint strikes … Among documents seized in raids on insurgents’…

Draw Weapon, Aim at Foot

A depressing bit of news from the front: I’m working tactical HUMINT in Iraq and could not agree more with your post about inefficiencies in intel. Got any idea how many separate intel-related databases there are here in-country? Me neither.…