Could viral video and wikis be the key to successful, 21st century counterinsurgency? RAND thinks so! Byting Back -- Regaining Information Superiority Against 21st-Century Insurgents: RAND Counterinsurgency Study -- Volume 1.Chapter Five, "Embedded Video," and Chapter Six, "A National Wiki," look particularly intriguing. Of course, by "intriguing" I mean … [Read more...] about Got an Insurgent Problem? YouTube and Wikipedia to the Rescue!
A recent article in Wired, Behind Enemy Lines With a Suburban Counterterrorist, details the work of Shannen Rossmiller, a Montana judge who, in her spare time, works as an amateur online terrorist hunter. There have been stories about her before, but this is one of the most extensive that I have seen. It is interesting to see the references to hacker/DIY … [Read more...] about DIY Cyber-counterterrorism
Will the Next War Begin at Sea?
A scenario for potential war with Iran that I have considered recently involves Iran doing something dumb like hitting a U.S. warship with a missile or a mine in the Persian Gulf. Apparently that scenario has caught the Navy's attentiontoo.Iran has brought its war games maneuvers over the past year into busyshipping lanes in the Straits of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of thePersian … [Read more...] about Will the Next War Begin at Sea?
Technorati Buzz about Possible "Attack on Iran"
Posts that contain "attack On Iran" per day for the last 360 days.Get your own chart!Here is a graph that shows the number of blog posts monitored by Technorati which have mentioned the phrase "attack on Iran" in the last 360 days. As you can see, there has been a sharp increase in the recent period, no doubt owing to renewed speculation about a potential U.S. strike. … [Read more...] about Technorati Buzz about Possible "Attack on Iran"
Testing Prediction Market Widgets
Testing a widget from the prediction market called Inkling. Cool if/when it works. Seems a little difficult to use. How might prediction markets be used for research and/or intelligence gathering? Here's one from NewsFutures on the probability of a U.S. attack on Iran in the near future: Looks like those trading on NewsFutures have been feeling a little optimistic since … [Read more...] about Testing Prediction Market Widgets