Very nice thought through paper. The challenge is in the details and implementation. Practically impossible to arrive at common baseline standards, implement and monitor/ensure compliance and change.
A new paper from New America introduces a novel framework for data flow controls.
Source: Protecting the Future of Cross-Border Data Flows
“How can traditional open source intelligence professionals compete in what is quickly becoming an environment in which non-intelligence individuals and organizations, with quite different motivations and objectives, are also participating? More importantly, what does this mean for U.S. intelligence community’s ability to maintain strategic advantage in the open source world?”
As a former Information Architecture practitioner I see this as more of the first question career advice than the second one about strategic advantage.
Like most industries, the value added will be moved up the value chain from raw collection to making sense of more data with more noise — which she talks about — but a good deal of the stuff will AI’d soon and, finding/sorting-skills and tools will become services rather than internal silos. Kiss that career and turf goodbye either way.
What does strategic advantage in the open source world mean? Open source rarely, if at all, gives away a well kept mosaic let alone interrelated ones needed to be understood side by side with other analysis in specific contexts that change over time.
Technological advancements in the past 30 years have in many ways democratized access to information and disrupted countless industries – from journalism to national security. Increasingly, intelligence-rich assessments are being made by non-intelligence professionals.
Source: Staying Competitive in a Crowded Open Source World
Vice Adm. Nancy Norton takes the reins of DISA and Joint Force Headquarters-DoD Information Networks today.
Source: DISA has a new director to oversee $11 billion in technology programs
Deja Vu. Not unique to the military and I can imagine how much worse as it sounds.
Each military service is the size of a Fortune 100 company, but collectively they have zero software developers — an impossibility in the private sector. How could this happen?
Source: The Next New Military Specialty Should Be Software Developers
“The one who becomes the leader in this sphere (artificial intelligence) will be the ruler of the world.” –Russian President Vladimir Putin
Source: Marines, Algorithms, and Ammo: Taking ‘Team of Teams’ to the Contested Littorals
Perplexing suggestion to give up on accountability because there are complex design and development life cycles. That is why there is governance, life-cycle management, standards, enterprise architecture and risk management. The article claims that bad metrics make accountability impossible. Pun intended, this is a prime example of a bad metric (assumption) leading to a defective product (conclusion.) Lat arising manufacturing, labor, political or any problems may not (or actually may) be relevant to, for example an earlier bad decision on vendor selection or supply chain, but each gate’s decision can be held to standards and metrics relevant to, and foreseeable at that gate.
partnering with the Center for Strategic and International Studies to bring you their fab Bad Ideas series through the Christmas holiday season. They produced three today. I’m betting Sen. John McCain will most enjoy the first of the three, this one by Andrew Hunter, on why it’s so damn complex and often difficult to know just who to hold responsible for acquisition malpractice. We’re putting the three pieces up separately.
Source: Bad Idea: Accountability in Defense Acquisition
Service chiefs are converging on a single strategy for military dominance: connect everything to everything.
Source: The Future the US Military is Constructing: a Giant, Armed Nervous System – Defense One
For men at war, the function of the weapon is the function of the eye. -Paul Virilio, War and Cinema: The Logistics of Perception
Source: Open Your Eyes and See the 21st Century MAGTF – War on the Rocks
Wing commanders within the U.S. Air Force’s space enterprise discussed how they are using intelligence to better help their respective missions.
Source: As space threats proliferate, intelligence integration will be critical
The United States has recently been ridiculed for losing the ongoing information war, and has fallen victim to successive propaganda and disinformation campaigns orchestrated by Russia without a significant response. Given Russia’s aggressive meddling in the 2016 US elections, along with other concerted efforts to delegitimize Western democracies and their institutions, it is imperative for […]
Source: It’s Time to Bring Back This Cold War Agency and Stop Ceding the Propaganda War to Russia – Modern War Institute