Co-Founder and Co-Curator
Crisis Mappers Net
The truth at any cost lowers all other costs
Co-Founder and Co-Curator
Crisis Mappers Net
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a Visiting Professor and was First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He has taught at Princeton, Harvard, and Cambridge Universities and has been called “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC. Regularly interviewed by CNN, NPR, BBC, and Al-Jazeera, he has appeared several times on Oprah, and has also been a guest of The Daily Show and Nickelodeon. For the fall term 2012, Ambassador Ahmed was the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor at Cambridge University and Visiting Fellow of Jesus College.
Colman McCarthy (born March 24, 1938 in Glen Head, New York), an American journalist, teacher, lecturer, pacifist, progressive, an anarchist and long-time peace activist, directs the Center for Teaching Peace in Washington, D.C. From 1969 to 1997, he wrote columns for The Washington Post. His topics ranged from politics, religion, health, and sports to education, poverty, and peacemaking. Washingtonian magazine called him “the liberal conscience of The Washington Post.” Smithsonian magazine said he is “a man of profound spiritual awareness.” He has written for The New Yorker, The Nation, The Progressive, The Atlantic, and Reader’s Digest. Since 1999, he has written biweekly columns for National Catholic Reporter.
The Small Wars Journal Blog has a post previewing a new book by Andrew Mackay and Steve Tatham. Behavioural Conflict: Why Understanding People and Their Motives Will Prove Decisive in Future Conflict considers how the West’s Post Cold War conflicts have been fought amongst people rather than between armies. From publisher’s description:
“These people, amongst others, have been Mendes, Kissis and Konos (and the 13 other tribes of Sierra Leone), they have been Serbo-Croats, Bosnians, Kosovars, Albanians, Unizzahs, al-Ribads, al-Zobaids, Kurds, al-Montifig (and the other tribal groups of the nearly 40 that make up Iraq), Pashtuns, Hazaras, Uzbecks (and the other 6 ethnic groupings that make up Afghanistan’s rich tapestry of population), they have been Sunni, Shia, Orthodox, Agnostic, Christian, Catholic; they have been farmers, politicians, police, administrators, businessmen, narco khans, war lords, men, women and children. In fact you can divide them in any one of a hundred or so different ways but the only certainty is that all of these groups and people will exhibit behaviour, that may appear utterly irrational but for better or worse will have profound effects upon the manner in which military missions are conducted.”
The book is based on a paper written in 2009 for the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. The tale of the lone Afghan farmer sowing seeds in a field near the Kajaki Dam should be a warning to those from the developed world who underestimate the intelligence of people just because they don’t speak English or have grown up without electricity and running water.
This book will have utility for anyone working in military, peacekeeping, policing or any other other cross cultural situation.
Gary I. Wilson: G.I. Wilson is a retired Marine Corps Colonel and combat veteran with 33 years of military service and several years of experience in law enforcement-emergency services. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Marine Corps Intelligence Association (MCIA), Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), FBI Infragard Program, Naval Intelligence Professionals (NIP), Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Military Order of World Wars, Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA), and serves on the Board of Directors for Bossov Ballet Theatre, San Diego County Crime Stoppers, and Palomar College Education for Heroes Foundation. He is widely published in professional journals, appears on national television, radio, and in documentaries. He coauthored a 1989 professional paper that coined the term “fourth generation warfare (4GW).” He has BA in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and MA in Bushiness and Organizational Security Management from Webster University. He is currently pursing another graduate degree in forensic psychology. Personal military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and several Combat Action Ribbons.
Richard Falk is the Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and the Bette and Wylie Aitken Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Chapman University School of Law.
His book, The Great Terror War (2003), considers the American response to September 11, including its relationship to the patriotic duties of American citizens. He published Costs of War in 2008. He is also the author or coauthor of numerous additional books, including Religion and Humane Global Governance; Human Rights Horizons; On Humane Governance: Toward a New Global Politics; Explorations at the Edge of Time; Revolutionaries and Functionaries; The Promise of World Order; Indefensible Weapons; Human Rights and State Sovereignty; A Study of Future Worlds; and, This Endangered Planet. He is coeditor of Crimes of War.
He received his B.S. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; L.L.B. from Yale Law School; and J.S.D. from Harvard University.
UPDATE 9 August 2013: From this date I am employed as a contractor in service to the US Government, and compliant with the letter and spirit of all laws, regulations, and caveats governing my service.
My focus for the next two years is on helping others create and docuemtn concepts and doctrine as well as new sources and methods, and to execute Intelligence Support to Information Operations (INT2IO).
Intelligence-driven IO was born in Afghanistan on 1 August 2013. I anticipate a monograph on this topic being published by the US Army Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) in 2014. Meanwhile, I am updating my Marine Corps University precis on the analysis and remediation of revolution as a possible companion monograph to the INT2IO publication but with a focus on the art and science of holistic analytics respectful of true cost economics and alternative multi-cultural valuations of cause and effect.
See also this monograph under development:
Use the Special Interest Items under Earth Intelligence Network in the third column to access the most important materials on this web site. The existing contributing editors and new contributing editors will carry on without me, less book reviews that are automatically carried over from Amazon.
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2011: Competitive Commercial Intelligence and Strategy in International Markets – Context and Challenge Inteligencia Empresarial y Estrategia Competitiva en Mercados Internacional – Contexto y Desafio
Robert David STEELE Vivas [Vivas is the Latino matronymic] is the intellectual and spiritual practioner leader of the third era of the craft of intelligence [decision-support], advancing the craft of intelligence far beyond the first era of secret war and the second era of strategic analytics over-whelmed by clandestine and covert programs never intended by President Harry Truman. Specifically focused on open source everything and the role of transparency, truth, and trust in creating resilient and sustainable hybrid governance rooted in sharing information and collaborative multinational sense-making, he seeks to unify and harmonize the eight communities that together create the “intelligence commons:” academia, civil society, commerce, government, law enforcement, media, military, and non-governmental/non-profit.
Cf. 2013 Robert Steele: Reflections on Inspectors General, 2012 PREPRINT: The Craft of Intelligence and Open Source Agency: Executive Access Point as well as Steele Foreword to NATO Internet Based (Public) Intelligence
Robert David STEELE Vivas is the academic and practitioner pioneer picking up for Buckminster Fuller, Russell Ackoff, and John N. Warfield, among others, advancing reflexive practice and whole systems analytics to create Smart Nations, the World Brain, and the Global Game. As the foremost practioner-critic of secret intelligence sources and methods, and as one of the foremost critics of organizational fraud, waste, and abuse — characterizing any falsehood or corrupt act as “sand in the gears” of a complex delicate whole system — he has led the creation of the Strategic Analytic Model and pioneered the concepts for hybrid forms of panarchy in which all minds are linked to all information in all languages all the time, allowing for the harnessing of collective intelligence and wisdom. Best known outside the world of intelligence for his defense of hackers as pioneers on the bleeding edge full of the “right stuff,” and as the champion for “Open Source Everything” (OSE) he is also the comprehensive architect for electoral, intelligence, governance, and national security reform through the practice of reality-based decision making that is characterized by intelligence applied with absolute integrity, while calling for a completely transparent process of Multinational, Multiagency, Multidsiciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making (M4IS2).
Cf. 2013 Public Governance in the 21st Century: New Rules, Hybrid Forms, One Constant – The Public, 2012 Reflexivity = Integrity: Toward Earth/Life 4.0 and 2010 The Ultimate Hack Re-Inventing Intelligence to Re-Engineer Earth (Chapter for Counter-Terrorism Book Out of Denmark), within the USA, Robert Steele: Citizen in Search of Integrity (Full Text Online for Google Translate).
Robert David STEELE Vivas is a former Marine Corps infantry officer and then a CIA clandestine case officer (spy) against extremist targets including terrorist groups; the senior civilian founder of the Marine Corps Intelligence Center; author of On Intelligence: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World and other seminal works relevant to commercial and civil society decision-support; an honorary hacker, and the number one non-fiction reviewer at Amazon.com. He is highly skilled at program builds from scratch, documenting requirements, outlining human, technical, and other capabilities needed, and doing all the justification documentation from Service level to Congressional Budget Justification Book (CBJB).
As CEO of OSS.Net, Inc. Robert has worked with the U.S. Special Operations Command and other regional commands; with the Department of State, the United Nations, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, with EUROPOL, INTERPOL, and Scotland Yard; and with over 7,500 mid-career officers from across 66 countries attracted to his annual training conferences on real-world intelligence. In 2006, inspired by the report of the UN High-Level Threat Panel, he created and funded Earth Intelligence Network, a 501c3, and organized 23 others in creating the Strategic Analytic Model for creating a prosperous world at peace. He shut down OSS.Net, Inc. at the end of 2008, closing it legally at the end of 2010, and is at this time devoted to creating public intelligence in the public interest as the CEO (pro bono) of Earth Intelligence Network. He is available for assignment and globally mobile.
Among his skills: #1 Amazon Reviewer for Non-Fiction (Reading in 98 Categories)…Acquisition Intelligence Support….Collection Management…Ethics…Ghost-Writing…Hacker (Hackers on Planet Earth and Silicon Valley Hackers Conference)…Holistic Analytics…Human Intelligence (15 Types)…Human Relations (21st Century)…Integrity in Whole Systems Sense…Intelligence (Decision Support)….Logistics Intelligence Support…M4IS2…Man-Machine Analytics…Multinational Information-Sharing…Open Everything Proponent…Open Source Intelligence…OSINT…Open Source Everything…Operations Intelligence Support….Panarchy…Policy Development & Justification….Prioritization Matrices….Program Development….Public Speaking….Reconnaissance… Requirements Definition…Resilience…Serious Games…Stabilization & Reconstruction…Strategic Foresight…Sustainable Design…Table of Organization & Equipment Builds…..True Cost Economics…Visualization of Complex Concepts…Whole of Government…World Game
EarthGame is a registered trademark owned by Professor Medard Gabel, #2 to Buckminster Fuller in creating the analog World Game, and a co-founder of the Earth Intelligence Network, 501c3 Public Charity. Visit Professor Gabel at BigPictureSmallWorld.
Apart from being an expert at intelligence collection and analysis, Robert is also an expert strategist on requirements definition, advanced information processing and analytic technologies, and the use of open source technologies in combination with open sources of information and open spectrum to achieve objectives faster, better, cheaper. He is an honorary hacker in Europe (Hac-Tic and Chaos Computer Club), in New York (Hackers on Planet Earth) and in Silicon Valley (The Hackers Conference founded by Stewart Brand).
Described as a “serial pioneer” by Homeland Security Today, as an innovator by Forbes ASAP, and as an unsung hero creating the future by Microtimes, Steele is a an off-the-chart thinker, speaker, provocateur, and visionary who will challenge, catalyze, and change any audience forever. He offers a full range of interventions, from 10-minute epiphany bombs to carefully-scripted plenary briefings on the State of the World and the Future to four-hour SPY IMPROV sessions to two-day leadership and analytic retreats.
World-Changing Letters (Unsuccessful)
Steele Government Status (Post TS Full 1976-2006)
Profiles of Steele by Others:
In His Own Words (YouTube)
Reach him at robert.david.steele.vivas [at] gmail [dot] com.
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(2009/2010) Anil Gupta is on the hunt for the developing world’s unsung inventors — indigenous entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, hidden by poverty, could change many people’s lives. He shows how the Honey Bee Network helps them build the connections they need — and gain the recognition they deserve. See video here.
Comment: Anil Gupta’s “database” was mentioned in the book “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid.”
A few interesting pieces mentioned in the video:
NOTE 1: HTML versions work, PPT do not
NOTE 2: Cyber/IO is the enabler of all that he envisions.
Michael Vlahos is Professor of Strategy at the United States Naval War College. His is the author of Fighting Identity: Sacred War and World Change, an analysis of how war — as sacred ritual — shapes collective identity: And what it means in culture to be human. His career includes service in the Navy, the CIA, Johns Hopkins SAIS, and the State Department. An historian-anthropologist of war, he focuses on the relationships between civilizations, and the creative syncretism that is at the heart of change in history. He appears and posts on Huffington, the National Journal, and the John Batchelor Radio program (WABC).