1993 Herring (US) The Role of Intelligence in Formulating Strategy

Commercial Intelligence, Government, Historic Contributions, Strategy, Strategy
Jan Herring
Jan Herring

Jan Herring, as National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Science & Technology (S&T) at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), tried in the 1970’s to adddress the “severe deficiencies” in access to open sources of information.  Historically,  it has been the S&T analysts that understood the availability and value of open source information in all languages.  He failed within government, but did not give up.  He went into the private sector and created the Academy of Competitive Intelligence (click on his photograph to learn more) with Ben Gilad and Leonard Fuld, two of the half dozen “top guns” in the English-seaking competitive intelligence community world-wide.  If Stevan Dedijer is the father of business intelligence (qua decision-support), then Jan Herring is surely the father of business intelligence in the USA, and a global pioneer in training people to use unclassified analytic sources and methods of inestimable value to any group.

Unlike most, Jan Herring also understand the vital relevance of intelligence to the devleopment of strategy.   Below is one of his seminal papers on this topic.  See also his short paper on Business Intelligence.

Intelligence & Strategy
Intelligence & Strategy
Business Intelligence--Or Lack Thereof
Business Intelligence--Or Lack Thereof

John Perry Barlow: Why Spy? (2002)

Government, Ineptitude, IO Impotency
John Perry Barlow

Why Spy?

John Perry Barlow

Forbes, 10.07.02

If the spooks can’t analyze their own data, why call it intelligence?

For more than a year now, there has been a deluge of stories and op-ed pieces about the failure of the American intelligence community to detect or prevent the September 11, 2001, massacre. Nearly all of these accounts have expressed astonishment at the apparent incompetence of America’s watchdogs.

I’m astonished that anyone’s astonished.

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1992 Donahue (US) “There is PLENTY of Money for Open Source”

Government, Historic Contributions
Chief, C4I
Chief, C4I

Arnie Donahue was the only person in the Office of Management and Budget with ALL of the CODEWORD compartments.  He knew where every dollar was going, at the time $30 billion or so.  When he stood up and said “There is PLENTY of Money for Open Source,” there was an ambient chill.  Everyone wanted to know what Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) was, but no one wanted to pay for it “out of hide.”  He and his boss at the time, Don Gessaman, were instrumental in establishing in the year 2000, at the direction of Sean O’Keefe,  Code M320 for all DoD expenditures on OSINT, a time bomb that is about to explode (or a bill that is about to come due, as it were).

Plenty of Money for Open Source
Plenty of Money for Open Source

1992 Strassmann (US) on Defense Information Productivty

Government, Historic Contributions
Paul Strassmann
Paul Strassmann

Paul Strassman, CIO of Xeroc before becoming the Defense Information Officer, was an open-minded person who encouraged iconoclosts to submit their ideas.  He did listen.  What we have all learned over time is that organizations that do not have adaptive cultures will always allow “corporatism” to create fatal grid-lock.  We knew all we needed to know in 1991-1992 to change the world forever, using information as a global strategic asset.  See REF A and RE B in References.  Here is his take on it in 1992.

Defense Information Productivity
Defense Information Productivity

1969 Herman L. Croom, The Exploitation of Foreign Open Sources

Advanced Cyber/IO, Ethics, Government
Click on Image to Enlarge
Click on Image to Enlarge

PDF:  1969 Croom Open Source Agency

Original Online Source (GWU.EDU/~NSARCHIV)

Phi Beta Iota:  We are indebted to Dr. Hamilton Bean, who discovered this document in the course of doing research for his superb book, the first authentic book on open source intelligence in the context of a secret world that would rather be blind, deaf, and dumb, as long as it could do so as expensively as possible, and of course with impunity.

See Also:

Review (Guest): No More Secrets – Open Source Information and the Reshaping of U.S. Intelligence

Review: No More Secrets – Open Source Information and the Reshaping of U.S. Intelligence

Review: Open Source Intelligence in a Networked World