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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 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
Paper # 27. Aggregates, Supply Chains & Influence Maneuvers: Synthesis for Competition and Warfare

Synthesis combines otherwise separate reactants into a new whole, releasing energy. In our highly interactive information environment, this process ranges from rules-based competition to totalitarian warfare.

July 13, 2020
Paper #26. Supply Chain Competition & Warfare II: Strategic Decisions and Integrative Options

Authoritarian states are weaponizing supply chains into all-effects warfare while democratic states compete with inferior strategies. We can be more competitive and wage superior complex warfare in kind.

July 7, 2020
Stick & Rudder #5. A Basic Strategy Toward China: Rules-based Competition that Cooperates & Confronts

Competing effectively with the authoritarian regime in Beijing requires a superior blend of cooperation and confrontation.

June 26, 2020
Stick & Rudder #4. A Basic US Strategy Toward Russia: more than Deter & Defend

If strategy means anything, it should have definition and purpose. US strategy toward the current Russia regime, and just about any competitor, continues to be described simplistically as deter and defend.

June 4, 2020
Note #16. Transparency Attack: Launch of the Mekong Infrastructure Tracker

The Mekong Infrastructure Tracker launched today, providing a public platform that creates transparency on nearly 4000 ongoing or planned infrastructure projects in this strategic region.

May 27, 2020