Berto Jongman: General Stanley McChrystal — Stop Classifying Information, Start Sharing Information – The Military Case

Cultural Intelligence, Ethics, Military
Berto Jongman
Berto Jongman

Secrecy as part of the existing DNA — and a major cancer.

When General Stanley McChrystal started fighting al Qaeda in 2003, information and secrets were the lifeblood of his operations. But as the unconventional battle waged on, he began to think that the culture of keeping important information classified was misguided and actually counterproductive. In a short but powerful talk McChrystal makes the case for actively sharing knowledge.

QUOTE: “In a tightly coupled world, it’s hard to predict who will need what information.”

QUOTE: “Change from ‘who needs to know’ to ‘who doesn’t know.'”

QUOTE: “Information is only of value if you give it to people who have the ability to do something with it.”

VIDEO (6:44)

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Phi Beta Iota: The Industrial Era definition of “security” is a variation of Weberian bureaucracy (hoarding of knowledge) that takes an accommodation of ignorance to the furthest reaches of insanity. General McChrystal is on point — in the 21st Century the US Army could consider taking the lead in kicking secret intelligence out of the information technology club, and achieving modern security for ALL information, not just secret information (most of which is not really secret, the classification is a bureaucratic subterfuge to avoid revealing deep ignorance and incompetence). Robert Garigue (RIP) nailed it: security is about trust. Robert Steele also nailed it: trust applies to ALL information and ALL relations, not just those inside the Army. Any cyber concept that is not comprehensive, holistic, universal, and infinitely scalable to embrace all other minds and sources of informaton, is dangerously corrupt at root — a fatal flaw.

See Especially:

1994 Brief to the National Research Council Review of the Army Multi-Billion Dollar Future Communications Architecture UPDATED Full Text Online + References

See Also:

Robert Garigue @ Phi Beta Iota