REVEALED: The True Story of Dr. Dr. Dave Warner and the Synergy Strike Force

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The Merry Pranksters Who Hacked the Afghan War

It was a dark time in a long, drawn-out war. Afghanistan was festering with resentment. The Pentagon brass were desperate. It was the kind of last-ditch moment when authorities start throwing an era’s weirdest ideas at its most hopeless bureaucratic mistakes.

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(ILLUSTRATIONS: GRAHAM SMITH)

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Pacific Magazine, July 1, 2013

For a long time, the Taj Guest House was about the only place you could get a beer in Jalalabad. The provincial capital, about 30 miles from the infamous mountains of Tora Bora, has been the main staging ground for U.S.-led forces in the eastern part of Afghanistan since the early days of the war. When I showed up in the city in November 2011 to report on the propaganda efforts of a franchising Taliban, I found myself at the Taj. There wasn’t much to the pub—just a bamboo-covered bar, a fireplace, a glass-fronted cooler with some Heineken stacked inside, and a few bottles of vodka and other spirits lined up under the red glow of a lamp.

Plus there was an odd little sign: “We share information, communication, (and beer).”

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Jul 2

Range Networks: The ONLY OpenBTS Real Deal

Today Burning Man, Tomorrow Three Billion Poor

Phi Beta Iota: We have noticed with irritation the number of beltway bandits and think tanks claiming to have OpenBTS well in hand, and vying for the declining government dollar.  There is only one company that has a legitimate claim to offering OpenBTS, and that company’s name is Range Networks, featured at DEMO 2010 and a spin-off from Kestrel Signal Processing.

The technical minds behind OpenBTS in its current and rapidly maturing form are David A. Burgess, now Chief Technical Officer of Range Networks, and Dr. Harvind S. Samra, a pioneer of novel signal processing algorithms for exploiting packet transmissions.  We posted information earlier about their stunning success at Burning Man 2010, where Brother Dave Warner of MindTel was again scouting for follow-ons to STRONG ANGEL III and TOOZL.

To create Range Networks, profitable in year one, they recruited as Chief Executive Officer Glenn Edens, whose background at ZeroOne, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett Packard is extraordinary–he is a peer of John Gage, who showed off the first hand-held Internet server at OSS ’92.

Learn more below the line….

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Feb 22

Reference: OpenBTS Open Access Cellular Ham Hack

GNU Radio Images

The OpenBTS project was by ‘Camp Papa Legba’, named after the Haitian Loa.

“In Haitian Vodou, Papa Legba is the intermediary between the loa and humanity. He stands at a spiritual crossroads and gives (or denies) permission to speak with the spirits of Guinee, and is believed to speak all human languages. He is always the first and last spirit invoked in any ceremony, because his permission is needed for any communication between mortals and the loa – he opens and closes the doorway. In Haiti, he is the great elocution, the voice of God, as it were. Legba facilitates communication, speech and understanding.”

GNU Radio Not Google Overview

Learn about Papa Legba (Wikipedia)
Learn About the Burning Man 2010 Implementation
Learn About the Technology
Appreciate the FCC License
Niue Pilot System, Spring 2010
Last year’s Burning Man GNU Radio FAQ
This Year’s Notice

From Todd Huffman to Dave Warner to Phi Beta Iota.

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Sep 15

Reference: Lee Felsenstein & Dave Warner Converse

Conversation Starting Point:

Afghan Self-stabilization from Below – and Above

Who’s Who in Peace Intelligence: Lee Felsenstein

Who’s Who in Peace Intelligence: Dave Warner

Monday 12 July 2010 (Read from Bottom Up)

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Jul 12

Who’s Who in Peace Intelligence: Dave Warner

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Dr. Dr. Dave Warner (MD PhD)

Gov 2.0 Summit 09: Dave Warner, “Rapid Fire: Location, Location, Location”

Reachback to Jalalabad

Dave Warner  MindTel

ARCH Synergist

http://projects.mindtel.com

Dave Warner is a Medical Neuroscientist and the Director of Medical Intelligence at MindTel. His interests include interventional informatics, medical communications, distributed medical intelligence, biosensors, quantitative human performance, expressional interface systems and physio-informatics. He has been engaged in humanitarian assistance and information and communication technologies (ICT) applications for a number of years, with recent activity in Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, and Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Dr. Warner graduated from San Diego State University in 1988, with a degree in Physical Science. He then entered the combined MD/PhD program at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC). His passion as an undergraduate was human expression. Specifically, he sought to learn how a thought becomes an intention for expression and then how the physiology of the body facilitates that expression through some medium. The medium he chose was information systems: informatics. At LLUMC Dr. Warner’s doctoral research was in the Department of Neurophysiology. He also founded MindTel in May 1997 to commercialize intelligent communication products for healthcare, education, and recreation. An initial focus is the development of hardware and software products that can be deployed cost-effectively so that disabled computer users can more effectively express themselves through the World Wide Web. The hardware products include sensors, transducers, and computer interface modules. The associated NeatTools software comprises a highly versatile visual programming environment for interfacing hardware and software modules. MindTel is also actively engaged in consulting activities in telemedicine and Web-based communication systems.

STRONG ANGEL III

STRONG ANGEL Cool Summary

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Jul 12

Reference: Dr. Dr. Dave Warner & Synergy Strike Force in Afghanistan–”Save the Willing First”

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Strike Force Handbook

Dr. Dr. Dave Warner (PhD, MD)

Ref A:  Cyber-Pass Meets Khyber Pass

Ref B:   Warner to Clapper on PRT Comms

Ref C:  UnityNet White Paper Final

Strike Force Home Page

See Also:

Earth Intelligence Network “One Call At a Time”

Lee Felsenstein Concept for Cellular Aid

AidData

INTELLIGENCE for EARTH

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Jul 10

Reference: UnityNet — an M4IS2 Option

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Full Document Online

See Also:

Concept of Operations

Operational Requirements Document

Technical Requirements Document

And Also:

Handbook: Synergy Strike Force, Dr. Dr. Dave Warner, Round II

Search: OSINT software

and references therein down multiple levels…

As well as the thinking of Steve Edwards, Arno Reuser, and Mark Tovey; and among the Americans, Carol Dumaine, Jack Davis, and Ran Hock, among others.

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May 30

Handbook: Synergy Strike Force, Dr. Dr. Dave Warner, Round II

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Dr. Dr. Dave Warner

Phi Beta Iota:  STRONG ANGEL was the other major innovation besides CATALYST, Analysis 2000, and MCIA JNID.  Below is Round II from STRONG ANGEL, with Round II from M4IS2 soon to be made public, built around SILOBREAKER (actually, Son of SILOBREAKER).  We considered forcing visits to the Synergy Strike Force home page, but decided that the richness of the content there needed to be displayed here. 

I. Introduction

Welcome to the MESS-KIT wiki: Minimum Essential Software Services for Knowledge and Information Transfer

II. Structure

The MESS-KIT system is composed of three basic components — the software package, the virtual environment and the hardware:

a. APPLICATION SOFTWARE PACKAGE: One or more Virtual Machine Instances that package together an operating system with a web server environment and all free-and-open-source/commercial-off-the-shelf software modules. Example: A VMware instance of an Ubuntu Linux installation with a full LAMP web server hosting environment and associated web software.

b. VIRTUAL MACHINE CLIENT SOFTWARE: One Virtual Machine Software Client to package, distribute, and host one or more Application Software Packages and abstract the application software from the host operating system. Examples: VMWare Fusion and Sun VirtualBox.

c. HARDWARE: Hardware on which the Virtual Machine Client Software and Application Software Package will run. The Hardware will include a host operating system. Examples: MacMini running OSX, ASUS eeePC Netbook running eeeBuntu Linux.

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May 30

Search: OSINT software

The search term brings up appropriate results, but the fact of the search gives us an opportunity to provide comment.

1)  Nothing now being used by governments, and certainly not iBase or Palantir, both aging technologies that do not scale and have too many fat-finger handicaps, fulfills the originial requirements documents crafted in the late 1980′s.

Worth a Look: 1989 All-Source Fusion Analytic Workstation–The Four Requirements Documents

2)  The ONLY programs that have gotten anywhere close are COPERNICUS plus plus, and SILOBREAKER.  However, both of these have been slow to recognize the urgency of integrating–fully integrating–capabilities that address each of the eighteen functionalities.  Below is the list of softwares now in use by US Special Operations Command J-23 Open Source Intelligence Branch along with the STRONG ANGEL TOOZL and a couple of other things.

Memorandum: USSOCOM Software List and STRONG ANGEL TOOZL

See also:

Definitions: M4IS2 (Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing & Sense-Making

Search: The Future of OSINT [is M4IS2-Multinational]

Worth a Look: Deep Web Multilingual Federated Search

1988-2009 OSINT-M4IS2 TECHINT Chronology

Worth a Look: Planetary Skin Data Sharing Initiative

Search: meta-tagging humint

Who’s Who in Librarian Intelligence: Arno Reuser

Who’s Who in Public Intelligence: Mats Bjore

Who’s Who in Collective Intelligence: Stephen E. Arnold

Journal: Dr. Dr. Dave Warner Shares…

Event Report CORRECTED LINKS: Responding to Real Time Information, Open Systems and the Obama IT Vision [Google-Microsoft Meld]

Review: The Starfish and the Spider–The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

Review: Innovation Happens Elsewhere–Open Source as Business Strategy

Journal: Google, the Cloud, Microsoft, & World Brain

Worth a Look: GeoChat (SMS Plotted on Map)

2006 Yekelo (ZA) Continental Early Warning & Information Sharing: A Military Perspective on Deterring & Resolving Complex Emergencies

1998 Arnold (US) New Trends in Automated Intelligence Gathering Software

The global standard for multinational information-sharing and sense-making is in the process of being designed, funded, and distributed.  If you think you have something relevant to that, generally only open source software will be considered, get in touch with any of the individuals above.

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May 14

Search: synergy strike force beer clapper

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Home Page

Sample Cool Dude: Toff Hoffman.

Related project: STAR-TIDES (Sustainable Technologies Accelerated Research/Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support)

Great project allowed to die: STRONG ANGEL

Phi Beta Iota: Including Rand Beer and Jim Clapper is what causes this search to fail.  Dr. Dr. Dave Warner, one of the co-founders of Earth Intelligence Network (EIN), is the originator of this idea.  Dr. Dr. Warner is too much the diplomat to point out the obvious: the concept requires open minds, a shelving of rankism, multinational engagement, and a raft of other minor but vital accommodations that are simply not in the DNA of those now serving.  They are all good people who mean well, but innovation like this is on the margins and receives lip service (much as the Open Government initiative has received lip service).

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Jan 26