Doug Engelbart invented the mouse, hypertext, and other foundational elements for what we have today in the way of cyberspace communications. He received $10,000 from the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) for his mouse patent. They sold it to Logitech for $80,000, and of course today there are billions of the little suckers generating perpetual revenue. He remains devoted to achieving the Holy Grail: enabling the human species to fulfil its role as Earth sense-maker and cosmic force. Below is the presentation he made to OSS ’94.
The Marine Corps Intelligence Center (MCIC), today a Command, broke new ground, but failed to achieve traction despite strong support from the mid-career professionals. For example, the Marine COrps submission won the Joint National Intelligence Development Staff (JNIDS) competition one year with its proposal for a generic all-source analytic workstation, but they were over-ruled by a Navy Admiral who ordered them to do an anti-submarine problem instead. It is that lack of integrity that has incapacitated the intelligence and defense communities–both the Admiral who abused his position, and the JNIDS staff who allowed him to do so, lacked the kind of integrity that the Constitution calls for among its civilian and uniformed servants to the public interest.