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Intelligence analysis basics – how data becomes actionable insight

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I recently explored some of the basics of the U.S. intelligence community, its agencies, and how they arrive at conclusions on behalf of decision makers. Because of the sheer volume of credible allegations of espionage on behalf of the President-Elect of the United States, much of the news will involve information released by intelligence agencies. It is important for Americans …

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The intelligence analysis process is on display with Trump’s Russian affair

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We are living through an unprecedented historical event in which the President-Elect of the United States has been elected, according to American intelligence agencies, with the help of an elaborate influence operation conducted by Russia. What’s more, intelligence services in NATO countries have expressed concern about Russia having kompromat, or compromising information for blackmail, over the President-Elect. There is more information …

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Why conventional wisdom is dangerous and crazy scenarios aren’t

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I have been processing the madness and fury of the outhouse fire known as the Trump Presidential Transition through a series of unplanned (unhinged?) rants on Twitter (Original from December 11 and Extra Crispy from December 29) in which I examine how American politics got to this weird place and where we’re headed in the immediate future. The situation is extremely …

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Putin’s Complaint: Why Russia Set Out to Subvert the Global Order

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Last Sunday I went on a Twitter rant about the role of Russian intelligence activities in the 2016 election. To say it has caused a bit of a stir seems to be an understatement. In case you aren’t much of a Twitter user, or as many have indicated, Twitter threads make for awkward reading, you can luxuriate in the horizontal …

These 6 maps show the future of the US economy through infrastructure

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The only part of the “transition” – if you can call it that – of the China-insulting, lunatic nominating Trump Administration is this notion that there might be a spending spree on infrastructure. This is the first policy idea that isn’t, out of the gate, a complete and total dumpster fire such as suspending all climate research or canceling Medicare …