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C-Suite Considerations Regarding Current Geopolitical Tensions

I’ve professionally tracked geopolitical events for my entire adult life, starting as a Navy Intelligence Officer in 1982. Now at OODA I continue this professional watching of geopolitical events (most of which you see reflected in our reporting). Four decades of experience of operational intelligence analysis leads me to the same conclusion any watcher of international events would have, the world is a dangerous place, especially for democratic nations.

But something is different now. Perhaps it was the pandemic, or perhaps the rise of the global grid of cyberspace, or perhaps the brilliant planning and strategic moves of our adversaries. Or perhaps all three. But whatever it was, the world today is more complicated and more dangerous than just a year ago. The changes are so significant we recommend all business leaders take stock of their situation and assess how the nature of these changes should impact your business strategy.

“The world is a more dangerous and complicated place than it was just a year ago. Your corporate strategy and defensive posture needs to reflect that”

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Bob Gourley

Bob Gourley

Bob Gourley is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of OODA LLC, the technology research and advisory firm with a focus on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity which publishes OODALoop.com and CTOvision.com. Bob is the author of the book The Cyber Threat. Bob has been an advisor to dozens of successful high tech startups and has conducted enterprise cybersecurity assessments for businesses in multiple sectors of the economy. He was a career Naval Intelligence Officer and is the former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency.