Category: Reform

With an eye towards reform

A nice briefing (Shift Happens) that has implications for many fields, including the IC and national security community. Business as usual isn’t cutting it now; it certainly isn’t going to work five years from now.

Keeping the IC Competitive

Advice about innovation from the world’s richest man. Evidence that breaking a slump need not be expensive or painful (just unusual). Technophiles will undoubtedly joke about the first item but that is beside the point . . . The IC…

War: easy when you always win

From Inside the Army (subscription required): The top civilian and uniformed leaders of the Army told a House committee last week that recent war games have proved the effectiveness of the Future Combat System as a counterinsurgency tool, and pushed…

Indefatigable

Charlie Allen on following the conventional wisdom: “Don’t listen too much to what others are telling you,” Mr. Allen said. “Constantly re-examine your assumptions.” There was a time not that long ago when he backed the ideas of a few…

Another Fine DHS Mess

Fans of Heartbreak Ridge will recall the pop-culture story of communications interoperability problems the military faced (in the middle of a battle you don’t want to be calling collect for fire support). After-action reports from 9/11 reminded us of the…

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…

What Year is This?

I feel like I’m taking crazy pills here . . . The Homeland Security Department finally named an assistant secretary for cybersecurity last year, and the Senate ratified the first international treaty on cybercrime. The Computer Security Industry Alliance had…

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…

The SBU Hydra

Inside an unmarked, secured office near the White House, intelligence officials, lawyers and police work to close a gaping hole in the nation’s counterterrorism system: the failure of people in the government to communicate with one another. The Sept. 11…