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Papers (> 1000 words) and Notes (< 1000 words) offer perspectives and solutions

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Paper #34. Cyber Security-Resilience: Compliance & Competitiveness in the Information Environment

Manipulating information over cyber networks has become a societal weapon of choice. Compared to traditional military, diplomatic and economic instruments of state power, cyber information power has competitive advantages. 

November 22, 2020
Note #18. a Veterans Day Sequel to “Planning-to-Win”

Plan with a winning strategy. Follow through with activities to bring about superior effects. Anticipate what competitors will do. Reimagine and repeat.

November 11, 2020
Paper #33. Special Ops Command-Africa Strategy: Analysis & Recommendations (Part II)

Following our historical context review of ten African states in Part I (Paper #31), this section begins Part II with linkage analysis, focusing on strategy in Somalia.

November 9, 2020
Paper #32. A Case for Peace

Abraham, 4 millennia ago, was not placed favorably into the contested region on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. No wonder. As the first monotheist guided by the instructions of Yahweh, he was rejected by all sides.

October 27, 2020
Paper #31. Special Ops Command-Africa Strategy: Analysis & Recommendations (Part I of II)

Security challenges on the African continent are diverse and acute. Threats are more than military, requiring all of the skill sets and partnerships that special operations forces possess.

October 14, 2020
Note #17. Information is not Knowledge; we need Intelligence

Minds marinated in social media become unarmed targets of weaponized information, hate, and deception. On this 19th commemoration of our 9/11 heroes, it’s critically appropriate to emphasize the need for apolitical intelligence.

September 11, 2020
Paper #30. Assessment & Combined Effects Strategy: COVID-19 and the Next

As we watch the media count COVID-19 death rates, it reminds me of the ”body count“ metric during the Vietnam War.

August 16, 2020
Paper #29. Disinformation Trackers & Destroyers

This sortie is a follow-on to ICSL Paper #28 which showed how critical thinking errors lead to exploitation. Our focus here is on freely available platforms and programs that can track and destroy disinformation.

August 1, 2020
Paper #28. To Defeat Disinformation, First Arm the Mind

Disinformation is a global threat. Pervasive digitized technology and social media provide rich opportunities to distort public perceptions at scale. Authoritarians assail democracies incessantly.

July 27, 2020