• Defense Department,  Intelligence,  Smith-Mundt

    Let me share some news with you: Gates likes the CNAS report but does not like that it is a CNAS report

    According to the Voice of America, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates endorses the recent report – Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan – authored by Major General Michael Flynn, Captain Matt Pottinger, and Paul D. Batchelor. However, according to VOA, the SecDef took issue with the report being published by CNAS.

  • Intelligence,  Psychological Struggle,  Public Diplomacy

    Quoting History

    Today’s reports are too often unknowing rehashes of reports that have gone before. What is new is the context and specific details. From Charles Thomson’s Overseas Information Service of the United States Government, published by The Brookings Institution, 1948:

  • ICT,  Intelligence,  Private Military Companies,  Psychological Struggle,  Public Diplomacy

    Noteworthy

    “Our ‘don’t hate me because I’m beautiful’ message isn’t working either.  Like Jim Glassman says, it’s not about us, it’s about them.  The sooner we recognize that, the better.” – Angela Trethewey and Joe Faina in talking about Sen. Lieberman’s Not-So-Straight Talk on Public Diplomacy “One of the problems with Open Source research is that most of it is farmed out to contractor [companies], who are just using it as unclassified work for people who are in the process of getting their clearance.  This is one of the reasons contractors will NEVER contribute to the field of Open Source.  Their analysts pick up some skills but then are ripped out…

  • Intelligence,  Public Diplomacy

    The Clean Team: cleaning the image

    In the Washington Post about the six Gitmo prisoners to be tried over 9/11:  The Bush administration announced yesterday that it intends to bring capital murder charges against half a dozen men allegedly linked to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, based partly on information the men disclosed to FBI and military questioners without the use of coercive interrogation tactics. The admissions made by the men — who were given food whenever they were hungry as well as Starbucks coffee at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — played a key role in the government’s decision to proceed with the prosecutions, military and law enforcement officials said. FBI and…

  • ICT,  Intelligence

    Social engineering through flirting, robot flirting

    Interesting story at CNET (h/t Kurzweil):  Those entering online dating forums risk having more than their hearts stolen. A program that can mimic online flirtation and then extract personal information from its unsuspecting conversation partners is making the rounds in Russian chat forums, according to security software firm PC Tools. The artificial intelligence of CyberLover’s automated chats is good enough that victims have a tough time distinguishing the "bot" from a real potential suitor, PC Tools said. The software can work quickly too, establishing up to 10 relationships in 30 minutes, PC Tools said. It compiles a report on every person it meets complete with name, contact information, and photos.

  • Intelligence

    Did FBI/CIA infiltrator color US understanding of the enemy?

    From Mike Waller:  After looking at the mess the FBI made of part of the Hanssen espionage damage assessment, it might be too much to ask for the Bureau to make a proper assessment of how former Special Agent Nada Nadim Prouty may have warped US understanding of the Islamist enemy. Read the whole post and see more from a different Mike here.

  • Intelligence

    That squirrel might really be watching you

    Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean everyone isn’t out to get you. Turkish official media is reporting IRNA, Iran’s official news agency, that Iran has captured 14 “spy squirrels”. Iranian police has captured 14 “spy squirrels” equipped with modern technology including GPS units, cameras, and listening devices. The report said that the squirrels that were trained for espionage and information-gathering, are believed to be sent to Iran by Israel. Yes. The squirrel uplinks to the pigeon loitering overhead who relays it to a gopher in his command bunker who then tasks the badgers, who are training in Basra.

  • Intelligence

    Hmmm, good idea

    From Michael Tanji commenting on an article about the DIA trying to bridge worlds: General, please, it’s simple: you have computers, wikis and blogs – use them. Everyone else in the information business is working this way (some are getting ready to go beyond it). If you can’t grasp it, if your office chiefs can’t grasp it, I guarantee the kids you hired since ’02 do (as well as the mid-career folks who now wear yellow badges). It’ll work. It works millions of times every day. Make that your pilot and save yourself the grief, time and expense. Hmm… a wiki… that’s a fine idea…