Reference: Intelligence Reform Death Notice

10 Security, Analysis, Budgets & Funding, Commissions, DHS, Director of National Intelligence et al (IC), DoD, Ethics, Government, Hill Letters & Testimony, Law Enforcement, Legislation, Methods & Process, Military, Peace Intelligence, Policy, Reform, Strategy, Threats
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Phi Beta Iota: With a tip of the hat to Marcus Aurelius, this document is provided for information.  On balance it is rich with insights that are not available elsewhere and consequently must be very highly regarded as a baseline for where US intelligence reform (and US intelligence) are today: dead, with a $75 billion a year casket that shows no signs of atrophy.  Below are summary extracts both positive and negative.

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Reference: Senate on Losing Bin Laden & Tora Bora

Hill Letters & Testimony
Senate Hearing Report
Senate Hearing Report
Senate Hearing Report
Senate Hearing Report

This document is an official report on the failed effort of the combined resources of the US Government to kill Osama Bin Laden.  He was found, and also followed for four days as he marched out to Jalalabad and then to sanctuary in Waziristan.  Below we provide links to the reviews of books cited in the report, which also contains some excellent graphics and a couple of a ppendices.

Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda: A Personal Account by the CIA’s Key Field Commander (Hardcover)

Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander’s Account of the Hunt for the World’s Most Wanted Man

First In: An Insider’s Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan

At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA

American Soldier

Inside CentCom: The Unvarnished Truth About the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

2005 Reference: Results and Implications of the Minuteman Project (Narco Sector, Arizona, US-MX Border)

08 Immigration, 10 Security, 11 Society, Hill Letters & Testimony, White Papers
Full Report Online

Key Finding:

A successful immediate replication of the Minuteman Project would require an average 12 –24 enforcement personnel per mile, or around 36,000 total additional personnel to adequately secure the entire 2,000 mile southern border. An additional 12,000 support personnel may be necessary to provide services over an extended deployment.

2004 Simmons (US) Foreword to the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Handbook

Hill Letters & Testimony, Historic Contributions, Military

This Foreword, the first one done by Congressman Rob Simmons of Connecticutt for any handbook or book in the larger Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) arena, would be revised and used for others publications, but in its time, in 2004, this was the first-ever deep high-level statement of both need and opportunity with respect to OSINT as a separate discipline.


Reference: 1996 Hill Testimony on Secrecy

Hill Letters & Testimony, Memoranda, Secrecy & Politics of Secrecy
Hill Round-Table on Secrecy
Hill Round-Table on Secrecy

We must “recognize that 80% of what we consider intelligence–decision-support–is now either erroneously classified or not done at all, and this is the fundamental weakness of our national intelligence community.

The three references:

1996 Testimony to Moynihan Commisson

1993 TESTIMONY on National Security Information

1992 E3i: Ethics, Ecology, Evolution, & intelligence (An Alternative Paradigm)

Reference: 1996 Testimony to Moynihan Commisson

Hill Letters & Testimony, Memoranda, Secrecy & Politics of Secrecy

As Presented:

OSS1997-03-03 Secrecy Primer Moynihan Commission

The protection of “sources & methods” is a political gambit, not a legitimate claim for immunity.  This testimony to the Moynihan Commission on Secrecy lays out the hypocricy in detail.

See Also:

OSS1997-03-02 Secrecy Seminar

1992 E3i: Ethics, Ecology, Evolution, & intelligence


Worth a Look: Books on Government Secrecy


1995 Simmons (US) Open Source Intelligence: An Examination of Its Exploitation in the Defense Intelligence Community

Hill Letters & Testimony, Historic Contributions, History of Opposition, White Papers
Rob Simmons
Rob Simmons


IOP ’06.  To Congressman Rob Simmons (R-CT-02), who, as a pioneer in the 1990’s, won his first Golden Candle as a Lieutenant Colonel commanding an open source unit, later  officially recognized as the “Best Small Unit in the US Army Reserve.  As a Congressman, elected in 2000, he has been diligent and faithful to the Republic in pressing for open source intelligence (OSINT) reform across both the defense and the homeland security communities.  There is no more influential champion for public intelligence and open source information exploitation  serving the U.S. Government today.

Below is the paper Rob Simmons, as gentle and intelligent a Member as we have ever encountered, wrote in 1995 as a Major in the Post Graduate Intelligence Program.

Maj Rob Simmons, USAR
Maj Rob Simmons, USAR