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5.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected and Glad to Watch on United
October 31, 2009
Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds
I would not have selected this movie on my own, and that would have been my loss. On my way over to Europe it was the only one of the movies that was even passingly attractive, so I let it happen.

This is a fine romantic comedy. Sandra Bulluck is one of my favorite actresses and I end with some of the other moview I have really liked that feature her.

In a nut-shell, she plays a boss clearly related to Satan, and while Ryan Reynolds is her hapless assistant who becomes valuable when she suddenly needs a husband.

Betty White and Mary Steenburgen come into play at the very end of the movie.

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

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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

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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

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Military Mueller Austrian Military Intelligence Thoughts on OSINT

2000

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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

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Military Bjore OSINT Lessons Learned

1998

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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

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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

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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

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

1995

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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

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Military USMC & Steele Expeditionary Mission Area Factors Summaries

Review: An Army of Davids–How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths (Hardcover)

4 Star, Intelligence (Collective & Quantum), Intelligence (Wealth of Networks)

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4.0 out of 5 stars 5 for Horizontal Knowledge, 3 for the Rest, 4 on Balance,

April 4, 2006
Glenn Reynolds
There are two “five star” ideas in this book:

1) That horizontal knowledge, peer to peer and distributed network knowledge, is quickly burying bureaucratic “top down” or vertical knowledge.

2) That “technological capitalism,” the author’s term, enables the information works to control the means of production, finally achieving what I call “communal capitalism.”

3) Against bureaucracies, terrorists have the learning curve advantage. Against civilians, they did not.” The author is referring to the fact that the entire US intelligence and defense apparatus failed to stop the first two 9-11 planes whose attack was two years in the making, but citizens armed with a cell phone figured it out in 109 minutes and stopped the third plane.

4) Further to this, the author provides a riveting discussion of a story overlooked by the mass media on 9-11, the “improvised Navy” that helped evacuate lower Manhattan in what some call an American Dunkirk.

5) The author discusses the explosion in consumer creation and sharing, and makes a compelling case of suggesting that traditional aggregators of information are dead. Google is likely to die in the next five years, but something after Google will help structure, filter, link, and monetize. We are in a transition period and need to reach a place where all historical information, all current scholarship, and all future online publications, both formal and informal, can be leveraged through semantic web and synthetic information architectures.

Now to bring this full circle, I want to mention just a couple of other books, because what is happening in the USA today, ahead of the rest of the world, are three things:

1) The public was sparked by Howard Dean, and now is becoming empowered and mobilized. Citizen advocacy groups are integrating localized observation, information sharing technologies, and collective brainpower to the point that they are more competent and quicker than the government or corporate or media bureaucracies.

2) This Collective Intelligence or Army of Davids is becoming enraged over the end of the cheap oil (which the government knew about in 1974-1979 and concealed in order to keep the bribes from oil companies coming), the end of free water, the rise of pandemic disease, the decline in education and morality and responsible foreign policy.

3) Intelligent observations are being made by stellar thinkers just as Jeffrey Sachs The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time and C. K. Prahalad The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits (Wharton School Publishing Paperbacks) with the result that this Collective Intelligence, now mobilized and incited by the Bush Administration, sees a better way–a path into the future where we spend on peace and ending poverty, instead of war and invading other countries on a web of lies.

Bottom line: this is a useful book that provides a fragment of the total mosaic. I am very glad I got it, and hope that this review will not only lead you to buy the book, but to read my other reviews, which in the aggregate, provide a free graduate education on global issues in about two hours.

EDIT of 11 Dec 07: See also, with reviews:
Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration
The Global Brain: Your Roadmap for Innovating Faster and Smarter in a Networked World
Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution
The Wisdom of Crowds
The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom

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2000 Reynolds (US) Global Reach without Global Intelligence

Civil Society, Historic Contributions, Military, Non-Governmental
Thomas Reynolds
Thomas Reynolds

Mr. Thomas Reynolds, the Deputy J-2 for the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANCOM) provided an overview of all the places in the Third World where TRASCOM supports not just Special Operations and normal US military forces, but humanitarian assistance endeavors.  As USMC and USSOCOM discovered in 1988, we do not have 1:50,000 combat charts for 90% of the Third World, and that is still largely true today (the vaunted shuttle mission came back with a lot of swiss cheese).

The short text summary and the slides are contained in the same document.  What we have learned over the years is that the global providers of lift and logistics are the red-headed step-children of the government world, the last to receive proper intellience support, and the most likely to benefit hugely from Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).

Thomas Reynolds
Thomas Reynolds