In the 1990’s there was a group that included Parker Rossman focused on the World Brain and the possibilities inherent in the proper integration of human and machine intelligence. OSS ’97 was fortunate to have a member of this group present some ideas.
Gifford Pinchot captivated several hundred mid-career profressionals from around the world at OSS ’97. He was so compelling that the long break was cancelled to give him overtime. Below is a copy of his presentation. See also the review of the book, The End of Bureaucracy, a copy of which was provided to each participant.
Without the leadership of then Capt Patrick Tyrrell, RN OBE, these handbooks would not exist today. He started the ball rolling, BGen Jim Cox, CA, then NATO and SHAPE Deputy J-2 organized a lecture to all the flag officers in charge of military intelligence, and finally directed SACLANT, then led by General William Kernan, USA, to create these first multinational doctrinal guides. Under the direct supervision of Admiral Sir William Pewone, RN, this was done over the course of two years. Below is the white paper and lecture that started it all.
Subsequently published as “The Importance of Open Source Intelligence to the Military,” in Loch K. Johnson and James J. Wirtz (eds.), Strategic Intelligence: Windows into a Secret World (Cary, NC: Roxbury, 2004), pp. 112-119.