Review: The End of Intelligence – Espionage and State Power in the Information Age

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David Tucker

3.0 out of 5 stars A poor thesis, rotten sources, with no quality control in the literature review, January 27, 2015

This is a hugely disappointing book. It reads like a graduate thesis badly overseen (with zero in the way of serious literature search). While the author has some experience in the foreign service (perhaps in the clandestine service) and as an action officer and minor manager in the Pentagon bureaucracy responsible for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, he knows little about intelligence in all its complexity, less about the information revolution, and nothing at all across 80% of the relevant literatures he fails to discover or cite.

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Jan 28

Review: Disaster Handbook

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Robert Brown Butler

5.0 out of 5 stars Six-Star Gold Nugget — a Life-Saving, Property-Saving Keeper, January 27, 2015

Way beyond my expectations, this book is a six-star instant classic that is not only essential for anyone that wants to be thoughtful about being prepared and investing a penny now to save thousands later, but it is a great gift item as well. I am rating this a 6 star book, in my top ten percent across the 2000+ plus non-fiction books I have reviewed here at Amazon.

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Jan 28

Event: 2-4 July 2015 UK Heterodox Economics

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logo heterodox economicsCALL FOR PAPERS (due by 31 January 2015): Conference on Growth, Cycles, and Sustainability, Association for Heterodox Economics

The conference theme concerns growth. How to create it, sustain it and can we avoid the ups and downs of it. Is it good anyway given our environmental challenges, and if growth actually happens will it be even or increase inequality further. Finally, when will it end again in crisis?   Learn more.

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Jan 27

Reference: $499 Saves Millions — Stephen E. Arnold CyberOSINT Survey of Next Generation Information Access (NGIA) – Foreword by Robert Steele

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An Arnold IT CORE Report for Law Enforcement, Security and Intelligence Professionals and Organizations

This monograph has a single goal: Provide a Contracting Officer (CO) or Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) — or the end-user engaged in investigatory work, military operations, and intelligence activities — with a collection of technology capability summaries about companies building next-generation tools…critical insights that could save millions in mis-placed capitalization.

“CyberOSINT is the first discussion of the innovative software that makes sense of the flood of open source digital information. Law enforcement, security, and intelligence professionals will find this an invaluable resource to identify automated ways to deal with Big Data.”

– Dr. Jerry Lucas, President, Telestrategies ISS

Table of Contents with topics covered and companies profiled below the line along with full-text of the Foreword by Robert Steele and Preface by Stephen Arnold.

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Jan 27