Review (Guest): The Ultimate Resource 2

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Julian Lincoln Simon

5.0 out of 5 stars The doomslayer falls,April 4, 1998

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On Sunday, February 8th, psychologist and economist Julian L. Simon succumbed to a heart attack in Maryland. It is difficult to overstate the damage his death will cause the world debate on overpopulation, natural resources, and the environment. Dr. Simon’s prolific and energetic mind gave rise to fourteen books and countless papers and lectures, dedicated to overthrowing the dogma that underlies so much of today’s environmental discourse.

Simon, still considered a maverick after thirty years of relentless data-gathering, impeccable empirical work, and well-thought out conclusions, questioned the unquestionable. He maintained that the earth is in good shape by every conceivable measure, and that the environmental situation continues to improve each year. Every index of human happiness – food prices, net income, infant mortality, life expectancy, disease rates – has steadily improved. He documented those claims with reams of data, culminating in his 1996 tour de force The State of Humanity. It is absolutely comprehensive, and contains enough obscure data to make the most jaded Trivial Pursuit fan squirm (if you ever want to read about the average lower-class Brazilian’s annual starch intake, look no further).

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Event Report: 20 Nov 09 NYC Counterinsurgency–America’s Strategic Burden Featuring Nagl, Kilcullen, Sheehan, Bergen, Coll Among Others

Memoranda

COIN20 Trip Report
COIN20 Trip Report

21 November 2009

Memorandum of Transmittal by Robert David STEELE Vivas

Subject:  Counterinsurgency Conference Overview

Mr. Jason Liszkiewicz, Executive Director of the Earth Intelligence Network (EIN) and resident in NYC, attended the 20 November 2009 conference on counterinsurgency (speakers identified on page two), and provided me with the notes on pages 3-9.  Below is my own exploitation of these notes.

IGNORANT US POLICYMAKERS.  We have policymakers with crippling illusions about how the world is—worst ever—people in policy positions do not understand the problems they are making policy on—Congress is unsophisticated about Afghanistan; Washington-area decision-makers vastly misunderstand the enemy—Taliban is a super-bug  adapting super-fast.  This is NOT about Al Qaeda having a home base.  Congress lacks next of kin engaged.

CORRUPT AFGHAN OFFICIALS. Afghan government officials own 32% of the Palm Islands in Dubai—election was “industrial-strength fraud”—tsunami of cash (US, Saudi, others) drives corruption.  NOTE:  No Afghans on any of the panels.

US LACKS AREA KNOWLEDGE & STRATEGY. We really do not “get” the Afghanistan-Pakistan-India  context, detail, etcetera.  US “strategy” of “ten cities” is a mirror of the Soviet strategy before defeat.  Doctrine is not a substitute for Strategy.  Water (Indus River) is central to Pakistan-India relationship (Kashmir is about water).  Question NOT being asked: how do we do this without a US ground presence?  “Cheap coat of paint” approach to challenges.  “Tactics without strategy is noise before defeat.”  Saudi money, Pakistan-Taliban axis will outlast US money and US ground presence.

COUNTERINSURGENCY MANUAL LACKING. Counterinsurgency manual is not realistic and warps policy debate—the reality of poppy crops is not in the manual, not in the “strategy/doctrine”

UN, AID, NGO OOB NOT WORKNG. UN not working, its role not thought out, shortfalls in specialized everything.  Local corruption and family-political angling for contracts lead to some IED’s intended to block or redirect contract funds.  AID  giving contracts to Americans, not Afghans.  US has no ability to create ministries from scratch.  Civilian capabilities non-existent or not understood by military when they do show up.  No inter-agency planning in part because the civilians have no idea why they are there or what they should do.

LOST IN TRANSLATION. Continue to lack Pashto translators.   More Pashto speakers within NYPD than in all US forces across Afghanistan

EXIT OPPORTUNITIES. Afghan Army most respected institution in country, best fighters but worst policemen.  US ground presence makes things worse.  Solutions have to be Afghan.  Afghan population wants sovereignty and independence.  US troops simply surviving, not campaigning.

On page 10 I provide the “Lessons Learned” from my 1992 study of USMC operations.

Commerce Archive on Public Intelligence (1992-2006)

Commerce
Archive 1992-2006
Archive 1992-2006

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CommerceBjoreCommercial Intelligence

2003

SE

CommerceBjoreReinventing Commercial Intelligence

2002

US

CommerceKlavansIdentifying Commercial Opportunities from Emerging Science

2000

US

CommerceTechnology Intelligence from Patents

2000

US

CommerceSullivanBusiness Perspective on Essential Overseas Information

1999

FR

CommerceBaumlinEspionage or Business Intelligence: Nuances of Gray

1999

UK

CommerceCollierOverview of New Horizons in OSINT Sources, Softwares, Services

1999

US

CommerceMillerThe Year the Information Industry Hit Bottom

1999

US

CommerceRobinsonHow Mobil Uses Open Sources & Services

1998

FR

CommerceBaumlinBlack, White, Gray, Realities of the Investigative Marketplace

1998

US

CommerceBoyerAssessing US and Other Space Imaging Options for European Needs

1998

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CommerceBrucknerInformation and Knowledge Management in Intelligence Situations

1998

US

CommerceBurwellCommercial Online Source Validation Methods

1998

UK

CommerceCollierThe Pricing of Electronic Information

1998

US

CommerceDunnConfronting the Future of the Information Industry

1998

Israel

CommerceFeilerOpen and Personal: Economic Intelligence in the Middle East

1998

US

CommerceHorowitzEconomic Espionage and OSINT: Legal and Security Implications

1998

US

CommerceStaraValuing Competitive Intelligence

1998

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CommerceYankeelovPushing the Assets of Time and Knowledge

1997

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CommerceBorry & SohlElectronic Sources & Methods: A Belgian Business Perspective

1997

US

CommerceSuggsInternational Trade & Commerce Intelligence Search Strategies (Slides)

1997

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CommerceSuggsInternational Trade & Commerce Intelligence Search Strategies (Text)

1996

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CommerceBatesRecent and Emerging Trends in Information Brokering

1996

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CommerceCallRealities & Myths Regarding Financial Research Using Open Sources

1996

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CommerceKolb (SCIP)Sales Pitch for the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals

1996

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CommerceSibbitEmerging Business Models for Commercial Remote Sensing

1996

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CommerceSteeleConcise Directory of Selected International Open Sources & Services

1996

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CommerceSteeleOpen Source Intelligence Handbook, Chapter 1, Overview

1995

US

CommerceHerringBusiness Intelligence in Japan and Sweden: Lessons for the US

1995

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CommerceHerringIntelligence to Enhance American Companies’ Competitiveness

1995

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CommerceHerringUsing the Intelligence Process to Create Competitive Global Advantage

1995

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CommerceSimon & BlixtEmerging Issues in Competitive Intelligence

1994

US

CommerceBaschSecrets of the Super-Searchers: A Personal and Practical Perspective

1994

Switz

CommerceBernhardtTailoring Competitive Intelligence to Executive Needs

1994

UK

CommerceCollierGlobal Information Industry and a New Information Paradigm

1994

US

CommerceHimelfarbIntroduction to Competitive and Business Intelligence

1994

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CommerceKellyASIDIC Perspectives & Its Contributions to National Competitiveness (S)

1994

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CommerceKellyASIDIC Perspectives & Its Contributions to National Competitiveness (T)

1994

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CommerceMarcinkoAssociation of Information and Dissemination Centers, Case Studies

1994

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CommerceShakerBeating the Competition: From Boardroom to War Room

1994

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CommerceShaker & RiceFrom War Room to Board Room

1994

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CommerceSharpHow to Identify Changes that Threaten Your Business Activity, In Advance

1994

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CommerceStanatThe Power of Global Business Information

1994

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CommerceSteeleGermany: ACCESS:  Theory and Practice of Competitor Intelligence

1994?

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CommerceSteeleASIDIC: Intelligence Community as a New Market

1993

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CommerceCaldwellInternational Investigative Market (Slides)

1993

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CommerceCaldwellInternational Investigative Market (Text)

1993

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CommerceDedijerEurope’s To BI or not to BE: Inventory of a New Business Innovation

1993

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CommerceEliasAn Overview of the Information Industry in 1993

1993

AU

CommerceFraumannBusiness is War

1993

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CommerceHerringBusiness Intelligence: Some Have It, Some Don’t–How They Do It

1993

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CommerceHimelfarbIntelligence Requirements for Executives

1993

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CommerceMonaco & GerliczyEconomic Intelligence and Open Source Information

1993

JP

CommerceShimaOverview of Japanese Media and Information Systems

1993

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CommerceSplittThe U.S. Information Industry: Changing the 21st Century

1993

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CommerceSteeleCorporate Role in National Competitiveness

1993

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CommerceSteeleThe Intelligence Community as a New Market

1992

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CommerceHlavaInformation Industry Corporations (Partial Listing)

1992

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CommerceHlavaSelected Professional and Trade Associations in Information

1992

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CommerceHlavaThe Information Industry: Impact of Globalization

1992

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CommerceMeyerBusiness Intelligence at the Cutting Edge

1992

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CommerceNobelFrom A to Z: What We’ve Done with Open Sources

1992

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CommerceShaker & KarduliasIntelligence Support to U.S. Business

1992

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CommerceWilliamsOSINT to Create Intelligence in a Commercial Environment