2011 Cyber-Command or IO 21 + IO Roots

Advanced Cyber/IO, Briefings & Lectures

Briefing  (28 Slides) Version 3.2 (Notes As Delivered)

Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Starting Point

2009 DoD OSINT Leadership and Staff Briefings

Below the Line: Unclassified Impressions & Questions, Three Books on Truth, Past OSINT and IO References with Emphasis on Multinational Sharing and Sense-Making

Three Books on Truth (by Coincidence, But Appropriate)

Review: God and Science–Coming Full Circle

Review: Questions of Truth–Fifty-one Responses to Questions About God, Science, and Belief

Review: The Beginning of All Things–Science and Religion

1st Impressions from Unclassified Conversations

Not integrating multinational humans remains the sucking chest wound in emergent US IO.

PSYOP has matured.  The successes are being kept secret when they are obviously not secret.  “Do Not Surrender” in Gulf II stands out.   The name change has not helped.  Military mind-set is still constraining.

IO and HTT successes are not being publicized.  Only 20-30% but should be widely disseminated and made the standard that the other 70-80% need to live up to.

Need to stop trying to Americanize everything.  Let the indigenous partners lead, do not force fit US concepts and US cultural stereotypes.

Depending on the commander, IO can have direct access and can help the commander leverage the good and stop the bad (too much crap from PSYOP).

Cultural Intelligence is not there where needed most, at the tactical level.  Hard enough to find US citizens with clearances and cultural/linguistic, using third country nationals not even considered–heretical.

Languages are not there for rest of world, need regimental “all Army” approach that cycles across the HUMINT elements, especially SOF and FAOs on multiple tours, keep them current, keep languages in house and on tap for all countries, not just the wars of the day.

OSINT support stinks–neither DIA nor CIA are responsive nor capable, need OSINT that is in direct support to the tactical units, and need OSINT that is real live sourcing, not media summaries 30 days after the fact.

STRATCOM contract with SOS International not recognized as a resource, probably same same media summaries that are very late and not at all localized or relevant.

Need a US Army OSINT Handbook including reliable inventory of resources that any commander can tap into and actually get responsive support; and perhaps an SOP for “the Army way” of doing OSINT–this is one Ben Benavides would be ideal for–existing contractors simply do not know how to create this.

Nobody is seriously committed to multinational, to engagement outside immediate coalition partners (i.e. to all eight tribes across 90 nations), to unclassified decision support, or to getting OSINT right.

Spending way too much on electronics, not nearly enough on humans.

Useful reference point: Col Randy Rosin on Deconstructions of IO

Memorable unclassified questions from the luncheon

“How do you define truth or know you have arrived at the truth?”

Clarity–only the truth–diversity–all possible parties participate–integrity–don’t ignore the truth when you have it.  Truth is not to be found in messages coming from the National Command Authority.  It can only be found on the ground accessing real people with real experience.

“What do you think of the over-whelming presence of secrecy across the board?”

90% of secrecy is turf protection and avoidance of accountability.  Secrecy is the greatest enemy of American values and American success in global IO.

“How do you actually implement a global multinational grid without going broke?”

Autonomous Internet + crowd sourcing.  Do for OSINT what LINUX did for F/OSS.

What can IO do for acquisition?

That’s a whole other full day.  Acquisition is out of touch with reality and criminally negligent of the 4% of the force that takes 80% of the casualties while we spend only 1% of the military budget on them.  See:

Reference: 27 Sep MajGen Robert Scales, USA (Ret), PhD

“Where can I buy the device that turns any cell phone into a Satellite phone?

SPOT Connect: Any Cell Phone SatComm Capable

See Also:

Multinational Matters—GO ARMY

2010: Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Trilogy Updated

2010 M4IS2 Briefing for South America — 2010 M4IS2 Presentacion por Sur America (ANEPE Chile)

Reference: Building a Global Intelligence Web

2009 Briefing: Open Everything at UNICEF in NYC

2008 DIA NDIC Multinational Intelligence Fellows

2007 Amazon as Hub of World Brain

2007 Open Everything: We Won, Let’s Self-Govern

2007 United Nations “Class Before One” Infomation-Sharing and Analytics Orientation

2006 Briefing to the Coalition Coordination Center (CCC) Leadership at the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM)–Multinational Intelligence: Can CENTCOM Lead the Way? Reflections on OSINT & the Coalition

2005 Army War College E3i–Making the Revolution

2004: Information Peacekeeping A Nobel Objective

2004 NEW RULES for the New Craft of Intelligence

2003 SOUTHCOM Multinational Conference Strategic Threat Assessment–A Regional Approach to Intelligence, Force Structure, & Combined Operations

2002 Information Peacekeeping (NISA Keynote NL)

OSINT/HUMINT Still Broken and Central to IO—Get it Right

2010: Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Trilogy Updated

2009 DoD OSINT Leadership and Staff Briefings

2006 Information Operations (IO) Analysis & Budget 101

2003 The C4I Revolution: Smart Mobs, Dumb Organizations, & Asymmetric Warfare–Why Nothing President Bush Has Done Improves National Security

2003 Iconoclastic View of US IO-Intel on Iraq

2002 American Committees on Foreign Relations (ACFR) Road Show to 19 Cities, 9-11, U.S. Intelligence, and the Real World

1997 CINCSOC 10-Minute Briefing That Created SOF OSINT

Over the Cliff on Cyber-War

2010: OPINION–America’s Cyber Scam

Robert Steele on Advanced Information Operations

Reference: Advanced Cyber-IO (First Cut)

Journal: Army Industrial-Era Network Security + Cyber-Security RECAP (Links to Past Posts)

Future of Information Operations (IO) — Potpourri

Review: Cyberpower and National Security

Reference: Joe Nye on Cyber-Power

Military Strategy Not

2009 Perhaps We Should Have Shouted: A Twenty-Year Restrospective

USA National Military Strategy 2011 + RECAP

US Government Refuses to Listen and Learn

Journal: DoD Mind-Set Time Lags Most Fascinating

1995 National Information Strategy 101 Presentation to CENDI/COSPO*

1994 Sounding the Alarm on Cyber-Security

1994 Brief to the National Research Council Review of the Army Multi-Billion Dollar Future Communications Architecture

IO World View & Big Picture Tour of the Horizon

Worth a Look: Book Review Lists (Positive)

Worth a Look: Book Review Lists (Negative)

Directory to Specifics at Phi Beta Iota