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Information Operations: All Information, All Languages, All the Time Hardcover – January 30, 2006
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Information Peacekeeping enables an organization to leverage a belief system to create action at a distance. -- Dr. Robert Garigue, Canada, January 17, 2006
Steele never fails to surprise me. In my opinion, a MUST read. -- Arne Reuser, Defense & Security Service NL, 17 January 2006
Steele shows us a more mature and intelligence way of [doing intelligence]. -- Steve Edwards, MBE, Scotland Yard UK, 17 January 2006
This book ... expands [on] how a properly integrated approach ... can enhance our success in various "IO-heavy" mission areas. -- Congressman Rob Simmons (R-CT-02), January 17, 2006
This book is a practical manifestation--a technical solution--to the recommendations of the Brahimi Report. -- MajGen Patrick Cammaert, UN Force Commander Eastern Congo, 17 January 2006
This book is about mind-sets and open mindedness. -- Moises Naim, Editor, Foreign Policy, 17 January 2006
This latest book is a treasure trove of good ideas and should be mandatory reading for anyone. --Dr. Loch Johnson, Editor, Intelligence & National Security, 17 January 2006
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This book is the third in the series to date. The first, ON INTELLIGENCE: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World, documented in great detail all that is wrong with the predominantly secret U.S. Intelligence Community--virtually none of the problems have been fixed in the aftermath of 9-11. The second book, THE NEW CRAFT OF INTELLIGENCE: Personal, Public, & Political, outlined a new method of achieving public collective intelligence by harnessing the distributed knowledge of the seven tribes of intelligence (government, military, law enforcement, business, academia, ground truth--non-governmental organizations & the media, and civil--citizens, labor unions, and religions. The secret government intelligence tribe continues to ignore the other six tribes and waste close to $60 billion a year doing things the old way, only with greater waster. This third book is a technical manifestation of the Brahimi Plan, and shows the way to create a World Brain that allows for the optimal access by all citizens and their organizations--including rather uninformed governments--to all information in all languages all the time. As with the first two books, the annotated bibliography is a book unto itself.
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Still this reviewer has to question the primary theme of the book which is based on a quote from Steve Cambone (former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence) that his objective for intelligence was "....universal coverage, 24/7, in all languages, in near real time, at sub-state levels of granularity...", but the context of this statement is not clear. On the face of it, Cambone is talking complete nonsense. Although we live in the so-called `Information Age', there is a lamentable tendency to confuse information (i.e. anything that conveys meaning) with knowledge (i.e. evaluated information that enhances our understanding of something). My guess would be that Cambone conflated the two terms and then failed to think through the implications of such an impossible and unnecessary objective. In point of fact, a more sensible objective would be to use target knowledge (subject matter expertise) and robust information management systems to transform an ever increasing amount of information into relevant and accurate packages of knowledge that reflect the real needs of the national security establishment. This would use targeted not universal collection of all source information on specific targets such as individuals, groups, and public and private organizations.