Monthly Archives: October 2011

From Root to Branch – Shimon Naveh

I thought I’d post a link to some powerpoint slides by Shimon Naveh. Naveh is the author of In Pursuit of Military Excellence which details the evolution of operational theory, and the concept of system shock. Both concepts are exploited … Continue reading

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Is OSS opposed to evidence-driven practice?

Way back in 2004 when I was working on creating OSS I took a rather dim view of what I called the ‘law enforcement’ approach to counter-terrorism. “…A principle problem with law enforcement is that while the banning of an … Continue reading

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Challenge: governors, identity

I was accepting the post yesterdy and a thought began to brew regarding the electronic signatures used by almost all courier companies. The question is, whogoverns the identity confirmedeffect of the little signature? So far as I am concerned no-one … Continue reading

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Tiny tiny bastards (sea lice)

As reported on the science newswire AlphaGalileo one of our reports may have landed us squarely in the news. Very briefly we did a speculative look at options inflicting system shock on sea lice in the salmon industry. Five days … Continue reading

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Firing blanks

A story about spermless mosquitoes reminded me of a recent talk I had with colleagues about the ‘poison’ principle in OSS. Poison is one of the big three effect oriented shock principles. However, unlike its partners ‘starve’ and ‘overfeed,’ poison … Continue reading

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How does the smallest fruit go into system shock?

Blackberry have been trying to make up lost ground on their recent service outages, with a technical brief to users. It’s been said elsewhere almost ad infinitum, but this the technical failure was only part of the problem. Blackberry users, … Continue reading

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The Utility of Force

The origin of “utility of force” is a treatise on modern warfare that examines the paradigm change in military activity from conventional war over this last century. The central idea being that the idea of mass, industrialised warfare might win … Continue reading

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If I ran the world I would stop…

Honourable mention for the strange, and slightly over-the-top website http://ifwerantheworld.com/ I put in ‘stop drug dealing’ and found a slew of people all trying to stop things. Check out all the things they want to stop. http://ifwerantheworld.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search%5Bwith_build%5D=true&search%5Bquery%5D=stop+drug+dealing Although I must … Continue reading

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Change as destruction

“Every act of creation is first an act of destruction” A curious sentiment (so it sems to me) from the man who so movingly portrayed the destruction of Guernica in the Spanish civil war, Pablo Picasso.  

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