Tom Pedtke was the single most important practitioner during the 1992 surge when we thought we had a chance to get it right. Coming out of the National Air Intelligence Center (NAIC) in Cleveland, Ohio, he had an appreciation for “full spectrum” Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) such as would never be achieved by those steeped in the culture of foreign broadcast monitoring, and he understood research and citation analysis and all the other tricks of the OSINT trade that simply do not come into play when you are monitoring fixed schedule broadcasts. Following in the tradition of National Intelligence Officer for Science & Technology (NIO/S&T) Jan Herring who tried all of this in the 1970’s, Tom Pedtke had all of the knowledge and the best of intentions. Like Paul Wallner, he simply could not move the beast from within.
Still relevant today. So very little has changed in the past twenty years, mostly because the mind-sets are the same.
“E3i: Ethics, Ecology, Evolution, and Intelligence” was inspired in part by Walter Truett Anderson’s 1987 book, To Govern Evolution: Further Adventures of the Political Animal, and accepted by Howard Rheingold, whose 1986 book, Tools for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology, was my first exposure to “intelligence” outside the secret bunker–my first realization that the secret world was isolated from a larger reality.