Mini-Me: 9/11 Convergence 15th Anniversary — Silverstein Briefed Jews on Plans for New Towers 17 Months Before 9/11

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Paul Adams: As I was listening to the 9/11 segment of the interview, you should know I just viewed a documentary where Larry Silverstein in front of a group of Jews, explained how in April 2000 – 17 months before 9/11 – he was reviewing the blueprints for the new WTC towers which were to be rebuilt, and on which construction did not start until 2002.  Here’s the clip. Action starts at 34:54

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Review: Reflexive Practice–Professional Thinking for a Turbulent World

6 Star Top 10%, Best Practices in Management, Change & Innovation, Complexity & Resilience, Decision-Making & Decision-Support, Information Operations, Information Society, Intelligence (Collective & Quantum), Intelligence (Commercial), Intelligence (Public), Leadership, Nature, Diet, Memetics, Design, Philosophy, Priorities, Public Administration, Stabilization & Reconstruction, Truth & Reconciliation, Values, Ethics, Sustainable Evolution
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Kent C. Myers et al

5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond 5 Stars–a Foundation Work

November 20, 2010

In combination with the other books that I am reading this week, the first by David Perkins, Making Learning Whole: How Seven Principles of Teaching Can Transform Education, the second by Curtis Bonk, The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education, this book I have read in galley form, by Dr. Kent C. Myers [strategist and process historian, a disciple of Russell L. Ackoff] with contributed chapters from a number of other individuals, gives me hope.

This is an extraordinarily diplomatic and measured book, a book that can nudge even the most recalcitrant of know-it-all stake-holders toward the “aha” experience that what they are doing [doing the wrong things righter] is NOT WORKING and maybe, just maybe, they should try Reflexive Practice (or at least begin to hire people that think this way).

This is *the* book that could-should lead to the first-ever Secretary General of Education, Intelligence, & Research, IMHO. THE SMART NATION ACT: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest, done with Congressman Rob Simmons (R-CT-02) was a proponency book. This book by Dr. Myers et al is a praxis book absolutely up there with the other 6 Star and beyond books that I recommend.

For a magnificent companion book, Will Durant’s 1916 doctoral thesis, I strongly recommend Philosophy and the Social Problem: The Annotated Edition. The intermediate books would of course be Buckminster Fuller’s Critical Path and Russell Ackoff’s Redesigning Society (Stanford Business Books).

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Reference (2010): Integrity–Without it Nothing Works II

Ethics

Integrity – A New Model

“INTEGRITY: A POSITIVE MODEL THAT INCORPORATES THE NORMATIVE PHENOMENA OF MORALITY, ETHICS, AND LEGALITY”

Academic Paper in Progress

Werner Erhard and Professor Michael C. Jensen discuss their positive model of integrity that links integrity and personal and corporate performance. They address integrity in a developing academic paper, whose primary purpose is to present a positive model of integrity that provides a powerful access to increased performance for individuals, groups, organizations, and societies.

The creation of this model reveals a causal link between integrity and increased performance. Through the work of clarifying and defining what integrity is and it’s causal link to performance, this model provides access to increased performance for private individuals, executives, economists, philosophers, policy makers, leaders, legal and government authorities.

Phi Beta Iota: In late 2009 we pointed to a very important paper in Reference: Integrity–Without it Nothing Works.  That first posting focused on the US member of the two-person team doing all of this original work.  Now we focus on Werner Erhard, whose home page offers a rich combination of background plus a diversity of supporting sources.

Below are a handful of links, we strongly recommend deep attention to every aspect of the web site.  Integrity is a theme that runs through history and the work of, among others, Will Durant and Buckminster Fuller and Robert Steele.  These two authors,  Mssrs. Erhard and Jensen, better than anyone else in modern time, have articulated the pragmatic paradigmatic role that integrity plays in doing what Russell Ackoff calls “doing the right things” and Kent Myers calls “reflexive practice.

Dialogue with Werner H. Erhard and Michael C. Jensen. Integrity: Where Leadership Begins

“Beyond Coordination and Control Is… Transformation” – EconomicPrinciples.com

Do Markets Need Integrity? – A Publication of the Yale School of Management

Integrity – A Business Conference – Photo Slide Presentation

Published Profiles of/by Robert David Steele

About the Idea

Multiple requests for “profiles” of founder Robert David Steele have come up, and inspire this particular posting for the convenience of those parties and others.  The World Brain & Global Game are inevitable.  It’s just a matter of time and energy.  Who invests first will substantially influence whether they are imperial in nature, or multinationally and culturally neutral in nature.  They should of course be Open in nature (software, sources, and spectrum).

2010 PhD Author Dissects Intelligence Reformer Robert Steele
2009 Homeland Security Today: Vet with a Vision
2000 The Year in Computing Open Source Solutions
1993 Alvin Toffler, “The Future of the Spy” in War & Anti-War

Who’s Who in Collective Intelligence: Robert David STEELE Vivas
2010: Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Trilogy Updated
2010 The Ultimate Hack Re-Inventing Intelligence to Re-Engineer Earth (Chapter)
2008 Open Source Intelligence (Strategic)
2006 Forbes Blank Slate On Intelligence
2002 New Rules for the New Craft of Intelligence (Book 2 Chapter 15)
2002 TIME Magazine The New Craft of Intelligence

Worth a Look: Systems Community of Inquiry

Worth A Look

The Systems Community of Inquiry is an open, worldwide network of individuals interested in systems thinking, the systems sciences and/or systems practice.

Inquiry is “an activity which produces knowledge” (Churchman, 1971).  We’re more than a community of interest, but less than a community of practice (Wenger, 1999).  Our interactions as a community will (i) foster interactions contributing knowledge and wisdom to the online world, and (ii) cultivate social relationships between systemicists.

Phi Beta Iota: With the publication of Reflexive Practice–Professional Thinking for a Turbulent World, Dr. Kent Myers has emerged as a trail-blazer reconnecting those active in this area with a larger body of thinkers focused on Collective Intelligence and Public Intelligence.  Their most recent intellectual forebearers are Russell Ackoff of Penn State University and John N. Warfield of George Mason University.  The latest post focuses on the role of negative feedback loops in creating social dysfunction.  Red light camaras, for example, have increased rear-end collisions at stop lights.

See Also:

Journal: Design Thinking for Government
Reference: Strategic Asymmetry–with Comment

Worth a Look: SystemWiki.org & Co-Mapping

Analysis, Augmented Reality, Budgets & Funding, Collective Intelligence, InfoOps (IO), Methods & Process, Tools, Worth A Look

Graphic by Georg Schilling

UPDATE of 22 Aug 2010 to add Viral Video (John Pourdehnad)  that started the dialog.

Ackoff Virtual Inqiry Center (AVIC)

There is a discussion underway at Systems Community of Inquiry focused on developing the concepts for a network of Ackoff Virtual Inqiry Centers (AVIC) located around the world. Early on, the original vision for AVIC, offered by Dr. John Pourdehnad, was that AVIC serve as a nervous system for the Systems and Design Community in Dr. Russell Ackoff’s name. With this belief, Dr. Pourdehnad also made clear the need for AVIC to be designed Ideally and created by the stakeholders themselves. The concept is being extended by Gene Bellinger and Kent Myers.  The work of Clay Shirky is most helpful:
See Also:
Ackoff Centers for Design Thinking Version of April 12, 2010
Co-Mapping
Co-Mapping for Educators
Design Thinking
Idealized Design
Knowledge Management in Inquiring Organizations
Sustainable Development Simulation (SDSIM)
Virtual Systemic Inquiry (VSI)

Worth a Look: Singularity Summit & Building a Brain

Worth A Look

Berto Jongman Recommends...

UPDATE of 20 August 2010.

While most of PZ Myers’ comments (in his blog post entitled “Ray Kurzweil does not understand the brain” posted on Pharyngula on August 17, 2010) do not deserve a response, I do want to set the record straight, as he completely mischaracterizes my thesis.

For starters, I said that we would be able to reverse-engineer the brain sufficiently to understand its basic principles of operation within two decades, not one decade, as Myers reports.

Phi Beta Iota: We remain skeptical but also appreciative of the endeavor proposed by Ray Kurzweil.  His rant, and the critique that inspired it, both merit reflection.  For now, we stick with Jim Bamford’s take on Technology versus the Human Brain.

The Mind and How To Build One

August 12, 2010 by Ray Kurzweil

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Worth a Look: Clay Shirky on Cognitive Surplus & Crisis Mapping

Augmented Reality, Collaboration Zones, Collective Intelligence, Communities of Practice, Counter-Oppression/Counter-Dictatorship Practices, info-graphics/data-visualization, InfoOps (IO), International Aid, IO Sense-Making, Journalism/Free-Press/Censorship, Maps, Methods & Process, Policies, Tools, Worth A Look

About this talk

Clay Shirky looks at “cognitive surplus” — the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles. While we’re busy editing Wikipedia, posting to Ushahidi (and yes, making LOLcats), we’re building a better, more cooperative world.  TED Video of Talk.

About Clay Sharpey

Clay Shirky believes that new technologies enabling loose ­collaboration — and taking advantage of “spare” brainpower — will change the way society works.  Learn more.

Core Point: Over a trillion hours a year in cognitive surplus–Internet and media tools are shifting all of us from consumption to production.  We like to create; we like to share.  Now we can.

More From TED on The Rise of Collaboration

Recommended by Dr. Kent Myers.  His additional commentary:

This talk gets at something that could go into the proposal for Virtual Systemic Inquiry (VSI).  I need to emphasize that the VSI products have civic value.  That motivates participation, but we also need to make it a little more obvious and easy how to participate, in order that generosity can flow more readily from more people.  That’s what I was trying to get at by making projects more standardized and quick.  Software can let that flow, as Shirky says.  The process and products should probably be pretty in some way too, like IDEO (also LOL cats).

Review (Guest): Cognitive Surplus–Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

6 Star Top 10%, Change & Innovation, Civil Society, Complexity & Resilience, Consciousness & Social IQ, Culture, Research, Democracy, Economics, Education (General), Environment (Solutions), Future, Information Society, Intelligence (Collective & Quantum), Intelligence (Public), Intelligence (Wealth of Networks), Nature, Diet, Memetics, Design, Values, Ethics, Sustainable Evolution
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Recommended by Dr. Kent Myers.  Eleveated by Phi Beta Iota to 6 Stars and Beyond because this book is much more readable than Wealth of Networks and captures the essence for the general reader in a manner more likely to accelerate understanding and transformation.

5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended as THE book to understand the fundamentals of social media collaboration

June 27, 2010

Reviewed by M. McDonald

Clay Shirky captured the ethos of social media with his book Here comes everybody. He follows that book up with one that concentrates on the fundamentals of turning our cognitive surplus into value. Cognitive Surplus provides a compelling and clear description of the fundamentals of social media and collaboration as well providing principles that are guiding developments and innovation in this space.

There are many books out there that either describe the social media phenomenon or profess to provide a `recipe’ for success. Neither of these approaches can provide you with the insight needed to effectively experiment and deploy social media for the simple reason that social media is changing too fast.

The book is organized into seven chapters that outline a complete way of thinking about social media.

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Search: “the central problem of our time” Steele

About the Idea, Officers Call, Searches

Journal: Politics & Intelligence–Partners Only When Integrity is Central to Both

Robert Steele as posted 13 October 2009.  The below paragraph is cited in Kent C. Myers, Reflexive Practice: Professional Thinking for a Turbulent World (New York, NY: Palgrave McMillan, 2010); p. 86.

The central problem of our time is the failure of human organization–its failure to scale, to adapt, to assimilate.

We believe the failure stems directly from a rejection of diversity and a falsification of feedback loops–the absence of integrity.

We’ve come to the conclusion that the discord between politics and intelligence is contrived–there is no inherent opposition between politics (choice of best path for all) and intelligence (presentation of best achievable truth for all) provided ONE condition is met: integrity among the majority of individuals engaged in each.

If intelligence loses its integrity and allows itself to be politicized or worse, ignored, then intelligence fails.  Similarly, if politics loses its integrity and overplays the secrecy card while also shutting out the diversity of views that are essential to achieving a sustainable consensus, then politics fails.

See Also:

About the Idea: Dr. Kent Myers Dissects Intelligence Reformer Robert Steele

2010 PhD Author Dissects Intelligence Reformer Robert Steele [Click on Cartoon for 5 Pages]

About the Idea, Ethics, Hacking, Officers Call, Worth A Look
CLICK HERE For Myers on Steele 5 Pages

As published in Kent C. Myers, Reflexive Practice: Professional Thinking for a Turbulent World (New York, NY: Palgrave McMillan, 2010); pp. 82-86.

Cartoon Credit: Inebriated Press also quoted below

My first post was on June 21, 2007: “Mad Cows Terrorize London“   For all I know they still do.

PS: Hang tough and live your beliefs.  Remember what Edmund Burke said:

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Phi Beta Iota: Alvin Toffler in “The Future of the Spy” (1993) and Anthony Kimery in “Vet with a Vision” (2009) are the precursors to Dr. Myers’ definitive dissection.  Browse the many items in About the Idea for a broad overview.  The concluding quote from Steele by Myers can be found at Journal: Politics & Intelligence–Partners Only When Integrity is Central to Both as posted 13 October 2009.

Who’s Who in Earth Intelligence: Dr. Kent C. Myers

Alpha M-P, Earth Intelligence

KENT C. MYERS is a strategic management consultant to the U.S. government.

He has worked with many intelligence, military, and other
federal clients. He has a Ph.D. in Social Systems Sciences, Wharton School. Research interests include resilience strategy, inter-organizational networks and alignment, and environmental scanning.

Since 2006 he has conducted varied strategy and research tasks for the Office of Director of National Intelligence.

See his book:

Review (Preliminary): Reflexive Practice–Professional Thinking for a Turbulent World

See Also:

Review: Evolutionary Activism by Tom Atlee

Review: Corruption and Anti-Corruption–An Applied Philosophical Approach

Review: Threshold–The Crisis of Western Culture

Worth a Look: Book Review Lists (Positive)

Worth a Look: Book Review Lists (Negative)

Review (Preliminary): Reflexive Practice–Professional Thinking for a Turbulent World

6 Star Top 10%, America (Founders, Current Situation), Asymmetric, Cyber, Hacking, Odd War, Best Practices in Management, Budget Process & Politics, Change & Innovation, Complexity & Resilience, Culture, Research, Decision-Making & Decision-Support, Education (General), Education (Universities), Environment (Solutions), Future, Information Operations, Intelligence (Collective & Quantum), Intelligence (Commercial), Intelligence (Government/Secret), Intelligence (Public), Intelligence (Wealth of Networks), Leadership, Nature, Diet, Memetics, Design, Officers Call, Public Administration, Strategy, Survival & Sustainment, True Cost & Toxicity, Truth & Reconciliation, Values, Ethics, Sustainable Evolution, Voices Lost (Indigenous, Gender, Poor, Marginalized), Water, Energy, Oil, Scarcity
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6 Star Plus, a Foundation Work

11 August 2010

Dr. Kent C. Myers et al

In combination with the other books that I am reading this week, the first by David Perkins, Making Learning Whole, the second by Curtis Bonk, The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education, this book I have read in galley form, by Dr. Kent C. Myers [strategist and process historian, a disciple of Russell L. Ackoff] with contributed chapters from a number of other  individuals, gives me hope.  This is an extraordinarily diplomatic and measured book, a book that can nudge even the most recalcitrant of know-it-all stake-holders toward the “aha” experience that what they are doing [doing the wrong things righter] is NOT WORKING  and maybe, just maybe, they should try Reflexive Practice (or at least begin to hire people that think this way).  This is *the* book that could-should lead to the first-ever Secretary General of Education, Intelligence, & Research….IMHO.  The Smart Nation Act: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest, done with Congressman Rob Simmons (R-CT-02) was a proponency book.  This book by Dr. Myers et al is a praxis book absolutely up there with the other 6 Star and beyond books that I recommend.  As soon as I receive a printed copy, I will publish a detailed review.

AMAZON HAS THE BOOK ON SALE, $30 off from the list price of $95.  As opposed as I am to the doubling of book prices, this is one book that is easily worth $65, and it is the one book I will be interested in discussing with all comers when I return to NCA in September.

Blurbs at Amazon

“An important book which illuminates, with practical and readable lessons, the path to top performance.”—Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, University of Southern California and author of Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership

“A quiet but powerful critique of professions and professional education, with a glimpse of how experts could participate in open and engaged dialogue and actually help us adapt our way through today’s crisis.” —Carol R. Hunter, Associate University Librarian, University of Virginia

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About: Practical Philosophical Containment

About the Idea

From:  Kent C. Myers, Ph.D.

To:  Robert Steele

Subj:  Focus of Effort

You will do more for political reform by staying out of it and making public intelligence really work.

You are facilitating a process of public intelligence.  You can be a zealous advocate of the public intelligence process, and you can seed the process with sample content, but you are subject to its rules.  You, as the facilitator, are especially responsible for demonstrating appropriate behavior.  You must show no bias, other than a bias toward evidence, consideration of the alternatives, and continued learning.

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Military Archives on Public Intelligence (1992-2006)

Military
Archives 1992-2006
Archives 1992-2006

2005

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Military Steele US Army Conference: E3i: Making the Revolution

2005

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Military USA Army Modernization Briefing

2004

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Military Simmons Foreword to the Draft SOF OSINT Handbook

2004

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Military Wiebes SIGINT in Bosnia

2003

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Military Hardee OSINT in Support of Special Operations

2003

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Military Harrison OSINT Requirements, Collection, & Production Management

2003

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Military Steele SOUTHCOM: Strategic Threat Assessment

2003

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Military Steele AFCEA Texas: C4I Revolution and National Security

2003?

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Military Steele To SecDef: Force Structure Trade-Offs and the Real World

2002

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Military Hardee Growing an Open Source Intelligence Program

2001

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Military Steele AUSA: Intelligence Support to a Transforming Army

2001

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Military Steele AWC: Welcome to the Real World: Force Structure Trade-Offs

2000

CA

Military Cox OSINT at SHAPE…Some Musings

2000

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Military Debat The Challenge of Informing European Defence Decisions

2000

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Military Hughes Open Sources and Intelligent Solutions

2000

Austria

Military Mueller Austrian Military Intelligence Thoughts on OSINT

2000

UK

Military Regan The UK Ministry of Defence OSINT Program

2000

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Military Reynolds U.S. Transportation Command OSINT

2000

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Military Steele Briefing to NATO/PfP: One World Ready or Not

1999

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Military Clark EAGLE VISION: USAF Initiative for Tactical Receipt of Imagery

1999

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Military Connors PACOM Additional Slides on VIC

1999

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Military Connors U.S. Pacific Command’s Virtual Information Center (VIC)

1999

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Military Dearth Intelligence in the 21st Century

1999

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Military Lee Summary of Military Map Availabililty for Iran

1999

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Military Myers & Madison Virtual Information Center Concept Refinement

1999

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Military Prinslow & Bond Information Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies

1999

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Military Steele Overview of OSINT Issues & OSINT Utility to DoD

1999

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Military Steele Setting the Stage for Information Sharing in the 21st Century: 3 Issues

1999

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Military Steele What Do We Need to Know and Where Do We Get It? (Slides)

1999

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Military Steele Expeditionary Environment in the 21st Century

1999

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Military Wirtz Bridging the Culture Gap: OSINT and the Tet Offensive

1998

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Military Beavers & Shanahan Operationalizing IO in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Book Chapter)

1998

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Military Bjore Open Sources and Methods for the Military

1998

SE

Military Bjore OSINT Lessons Learned

1998

UK

Military Rathmell Assessing the IW Threat from Sub-State Groups

1998

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Military Steele INFORMATION PEACEKEEPING: Purest Form of War (Outline)

1998

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Military Steele Skeptical Assessment of USN-USMC Based on Real-World OSINT

1998

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Military Steele TAKEDOWN: The Asymmetric Threat to the Nation

1998

UK

Military Tyrrell OSINT: The Challenge for NATO

1997

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Military Alger IATAC: Building a Knowledge Base of Emerging IAT

1997

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Military Clark EAGLE VISION: Tactical Downlink Station for Imagery

1997

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Military Clinton Managing Complex Contingency Operations

1997

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Military Molholm DTIC: Building a Virtual Knowledge Warehouse

1997

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Military Necoba The Marines and OSINT

1997

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Military Pedtke National Air Intelligence Center Science & Technology OSINT

1997

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Military Steele CINC Brief: The One that Got CINCSOC (Now CSA) to Buy In

1997

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Military Steele Creating a Bare Bones OSINT  Capability (Slides)

1997

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Military Steele Creating a Bare Bones OSINT Unit for DIA

1997

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Military Steele CINCSOC 10 Minute Brief on OSINT

1997

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Military Vesely Striking A Balance: National, Operational, & Tactical Acquisition

1996

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Military Smith Defense Mapping Agency and the Commercial Sector

1996

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Military Steele Open Source Intelligence Handbook, Chapter 5, OSINT and Military

1996

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Military Steele DIA/JMITC: National Knowledge Strategy & Revolution in Intelligence

1996

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Military Stein Mapping, Charting, and Geodetic Needs for Remote Sensing Data

1995

SE

Military Bjore Six Years of Open Source Information (OSI): Lessons Learned

1995

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Military Dandar Army Intelligence XXI, Open Source Status Report

1995

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Military Dandar OSIF Exploitation for Army Intelligence XXI: Summary

1995

UK

Military Garfield Update on the UK MoD OSINT Programme (Slides)

1995

UK

Military Garfield Update on the UK MoD OSINT Programme (Text)

1995

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Military Ricardeli OSINT in Support of Haiti Invasion (Slides)

1995

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Military Ricardeli OSINT in Support of Haiti Invasion (Text)

1995

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Military Steele The Military Perspective on Information Warfare: Apocalypse Now

1995

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Military Steele AWC: Open Source Intelligence for the Military

1994

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Military Brooks & McKeeyer Split-Based Ops in DESERT STORM: Glimpse of the Future Digital Army

1994

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Military Munro INFORMATION WARFARE: Snake Eaters Meet Net-Heads

1994

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Military Pedtke NAIC & The Intelligence Community Open Source Architecture

1994

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Military Steele DIA/JMITC: NS via the Reinvention of National & Defense Intelligence

1992

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Military Clift Military OSINT Requirements, Capabilities, and Contracting Directions

1992

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Military Pedtke et al NAIC S&T Open Source Intelligence Requirements & Capabilities

1992

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Military Petersen New Roles for the U.S. Military

1992

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Military Schwartau Introduction to Information Warfare

1992

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Military Steele Intelligence Lessons Learned from Recent Expeditionary Operations

1992

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Military Steele Comments Prepared for Future War Roundtable

1992

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Military Strassmann Forcing Innovation, Cutting Costs, and Increasing Defense Productivity

1991

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Military Steele Defense Intelligence Productivity in the 1990’s

1990

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Military USMC & Steele Expeditionary Environment Research & Analysis Model

1990

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Military USMC & Steele Expeditionary Mission Area Factors Summaries