I wanna borrow the book when you're finished with it.
And I wanna help build tools that will let us make sense
out of things, and figure out good policies.
It's fascinating. Bill Moyers did a special FrontLine on our
past reactions to terrorism. One response was relatively
effective. All of the rest were pretty much useless. Talk
about the need for a usable knowledge base!
Eugene Eric Kim wrote:
> On Thu, 4 Oct 2001, Eric Armstrong wrote:
> > As a result, I do find myself experiencing the same frustration that
> > CIA
> > undoubtedly lives with -- we know the answer is in there somewhere,
> > our chances of finding it are negligible.
> > What I find most interesting, in this respect, is that system we
> need to
> > solve
> > the "putting it together" design problem may be exactly what the
> > intelligence
> > community needs to solve the "putting it together"
> > proactive-anticipation
> > problem.
> I'm currently reading a fantastic book on this very topic:
> Treverton, Gregory F. _Reshaping National Intelligence for an Age
> Information_. Cambridge University Press 2001.
> Treverton was formerly the Vice Chair of the National Intelligence
> Some excerpts:
> "Cold War intelligence lived in a world where information was
> it relied on "secrets" not otherwise available. Its business was
> those secrets. Now, though, it faces an era of information.
> Information and its sources are mushrooming, and so are the
> technologies for moving information rapidly around the globe.
> these circumstances, the business of intelligence is no longer
> just to
> provide secrets; rather, its business is to produce high-quality
> understanding of the world using all sources." -p2
> "The onset of an age of information has enabled dramatic changes
> encompass the end of communism, the onset of the "market state,"
> accompanying transformations in the roles of government and of
> actors, the rise of emerging states, and the proliferation of
> non-state actors. Intelligence now has many targets, not one;
> consumers, not just a few; and vast amounts of information that is
> a great extent unreliable, not a scarcity of information that
> comes from satellites or spies and is therefore regarded as
> The parallels between what Treverton writes about throughout the book
> what Doug has been talking about for years are striking, to say the
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