Definitions: “Self-Radicalized Militants”


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When we first heard the term, “self-radicalized militants,” we thought they were talking about Lori Wallach, the tom-boy agitator now depicted in pearls with style.  Above are three over-lapping sets of coverage on this term.  We have just two questions:

1)  Is “self-radicalized” like “immaculate conception,” one just “radicalizes” spontaneously with no external influences?

2)  Is militant the antonym for passive?  Can one be vocal, skeptical, concerned, even derogatory or condemning, and not be a “militant?”

At what point, one wonders, do the mandarins of Empire begin to understand “cause and effect?”

In our own varied experiences, the snarling “self-radicalized militants” emerge when the Empire has been Gored (now there's a turn of phrase rather sadly appropos) and is hemmoraging.  We are at a tipping point.  Tea Party, Coffee Party, Independents, Libertarians and generally pissed-off good old boys on one side, and “self-radicalized militants” on the other, with pasty-faced girly-men (Arnold Schwarzenegger's term) in the middle.

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Definitions: Hubris


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Hubris means extreme haughtiness or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of touch with reality and overestimating one's own competence or capabilities, especially for people in positions of power.

In its modern usage, hubris denotes overconfident pride and arrogance; it is often associated with a lack of humility, not always with the lack of knowledge. An accusation of hubris often implies that suffering or punishment will follow, similar to the occasional pairing of hubris and nemesis in the Greek world. The proverb “pride goes before a fall” is thought to sum up the modern definition of hubris. It is also referred to as “pride that blinds”, as it often causes someone accused of hubris to act in foolish ways that belie common sense. Victor in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein manifests hubris in his attempt to become a great scientist by creating life, but eventually regrets this previous desire. More recently, in his two-volume biography of Adolf Hitler, historian Ian Kershaw uses both ‘hubris' and ‘nemesis' as titles. The first volume, ‘Hubris'[7], describes Hitler's early life and rise to power. The second, ‘Nemesis' [8], gives details of Hitler's role in the Second World War, and concludes with his fall and suicide in 1945.

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Definitions: Spatial Referencing System (SRS)

Definitions, Geospatial
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A spatial referencing system (SRS) or coordinate reference system (CRS) is a coordinate-based local, regional or global system used to locate geographical entities. Some of systems in existence are:

Related References:

01 OMB Circular A-16 SUBJECT: Coordination of Geographic Information and Related Spatial Data Activities, August 19, 2002

02  UN Global Map Specifications (2006 Memorandum)

03  OpenGIS® Standards and Related OGC documents

04  OGC Reference Model (ORM)

05  TerraSeer Space-Time Intelligence System™

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Definitions: Whole of Government

Australia Whole of Government Brief

Connecting Government: Whole of government responses to Australia's priority challenges

The report has defined ‘whole of government' in the Australian Public Service (APS) as:

Whole of government denotes public service agencies working across portfolio boundaries to achieve a shared goal and an integrated government response to particular issues. Approaches can be formal and informal. They can focus on policy development, program management and service delivery.

Within the US this term has been used in association with “Rebalancing the Instruments of National Power” whose earlier iteration was DIME: Diplomatic, Informational, Military, Economic.

Admiral Dennis Blair and The Honorable James Locher, founders of the Project on National Security Reform (PNSR) contintributed significantly to the Rebalancing dialog.

Joe Nye has popularized the term “soft power, of his three recent books the first and the third are the better ones.

Review: The Paradox of American Power–Why the World’s Only Superpower Can’t Go It Alone

Review: Soft Power–The Means To Success In World Politics

Review: The Powers to Lead

Also recommended:

Review: Statecraft as Soulcraft

Review: The Politics of Fortune–A New Agenda For Business Leaders

Definitions: Public Intelligence Network (PIN) Concept


The public intelligence network (PIN, as in pin stuck in the side of the organization) might be:

– an advisory board, advising the institution via the board of directors.

– an intelligence service in support of the board

– a virtual and non-voting public “member” of the board of directors.

The PIN would key off the agenda of the board, using it where it makes sense, and criticizing it or adding to it where needed.  It would help to have the cooperation of board members who would keep the PIN informed, and to speak on its behalf during board meetings.  Otherwise, the management can continue to monitor what the PIN is saying to the board, and this is a benefit to the board because it maintains pressure between board meetings.

Definition:  Advisory Board of Directors:  Individuals appointed to offer expert advise to the elected board of directors. Neither they are bound by the legal duties imposed on the elected board members, nor the elected board is bound by their recommendations.

2009 Robert Steele: Politics & Intelligence–Partners Only When Integrity is Central to Both

About the Idea, Collaboration Zones, Communities of Practice, Definitions, Ethics, Key Players, Policies, Real Time, Reform, Strategy, Threats, True Cost
Robert David STEELE Vivas
Robert David STEELE Vivas

We've spent a great deal of time reflecting on Paradigms of Failure, and in the course of our broad reading programs, been inspired by, among others, Will Durant (especially Philosophy and the Social Problem) and Buckminster Fuller (especially Critical Path).

The central problem of our time is the failure of human organization–its failure to scale, to adapt, to assimilate.

We believe the failure stems directly from a rejection of diversity and a falsification of feedback loops–the absence of integrity.

We've come to the conclusion that the discord between politics and intelligence is contrived–there is no inherent opposition between politics (choice of best path for all) and intelligence (presentation of best achievable truth for all) provided ONE condition is met: integrity among the majority of individuals engaged in each.

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Definitions: M4IS2 (Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing & Sense-Making

US$75B for Secret Sources, Virtually Nothing for Open Sources
US$75B for Secret, Loose Change for Open Sources

In 1988 a global campaign started at the Marine Corps Intelligence Center (MCIC) with the discovery that 80% or more of what the Marine Corps needed to do policy, acquisition, and operations support for this unique expeditionary and constabulary force, was not secret, not expensive, but also not known to anyone in Washington, D.C.  Thus was the modern discipline of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) inspired.

This is year 21 in a 25 year fight for the public interest, and although the USA remains “severely deficient” (as stated by the Aspin-Brown Commission in 1996), the US secret world refuses to act on the findings that also called for OSINT to be a “top priority” for both funding and for DCI/DNA attention.  Neither of the last have been forthcoming, and it can be fairly said that until an Open Source Agency is established, as called for on pages 23 and 423 of the 9-11 Commission Report, the USA will continue to spend $75 billion a year on the 20% it can capture with secret sources and methods (less than 5% of which is actually processed, i.e. 1% of the totality), all to produce, “at best” 4% of what the President and many others now not served “need to know.”

The Nordic nations, and Sweden in particular through the Folke Bernadotte Academy, have led the way in conceptualizing M4IS operational and intelligence networks:

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