11 Sep 2020

OODAcast: Michael Kanaan, Author of T-Minus AI Discusses Artificial Intelligence and Global Power

Michael Kanaan has helped a wide swath of decision-makers better grasp the nature of AI. He has a knack for expressing complex topics in clear, accurate and succinct ways and many of us in the national security community have already had the pleasure of hearing from him in person or in conferences.

His book, T-Minus AI: Humanity’s Countdown to Artificial Intelligence and the New Pursuit of Global Power, provides context and insights in a way that can help concerned citizens and business leaders better grasp the issues of AI. He gives us all a call to action to learn more because as he makes clear in the book, the countdown to AI is actually over.

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28 Aug 2020

OODAcast: Chet Richards on John Boyd and applying OODA principles to the business world

Chet Richards was a close associate of the late US Air Force Colonel John Boyd. He was there as the concept of the OODA Loop was being developed and constructed the first graphics of the OODA Loop from sketches Boyd drew. Chet is the author of the widely read business book “Certain to Win” which was the first book to describe Boyd’s strategy in terms familiar to business leaders and show how the OODA Loop and associated Boyd concepts apply to today’s business problems.

In this OODAcast Matt Devost and Bob Gourley ask the questions they have always wondered about Boyd and Richard’s creative processes, their interactions with other great thought leaders, the relation of the OODA model to the writings of business strategists and how it inspired others like Tom Peters, and the power of building a trust-based network of peers.

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21 Aug 2020

AI Wins Against Humans In Simulated Air To Air Combat In What Air Force Colonel Calls a “Big Blue vs Gary Kasparov” Moment

What if future historians consider the big event of 2020 to be the time that AI was proven to be better than humans at Air to Air combat? It has just done that, and this demonstration via simulators will no doubt accelerate AI research in ways that has an impact on a broad range of both military and civilian applications.

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20 Aug 2020

The Smart Way For Contractors To Meet New DoD CMMC and DFARS Requirements

Any company that seeks to do business with the Department of Defense, including subcontractors, must comply with new regulations designed to reduce the risks to the nation of cyber threats. Changes to government rules over the last 5 years have included a steadily increasing number of technical requirements for security programs, new requirements to report to government if there is a breach of systems, and requirements to be able to conduct forensics if there is a need for an investigation.

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20 Aug 2020

OODA Video: The Future of Enterprise IT

The megatrends of Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Mobility, Big Data, Robotics, IoT and Cybersecurity are interacting together in ways that will deliver great new capabilities to the enterprise. But there are risks as well. Studying the future of these megatrends will help enterprises make optimal decisions today. 

This video provides a concise overview of these trends and concludes with actionable recommendations. 

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19 Aug 2020

OODAcast: Courtney Bowman, Privacy and Civil Liberties Engineer, Palantir Technologies

Courtney Bowman leads Palantir’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Engineering Team. In this capacity he works extensively with local, state and international governments and philanthropic partners to develop technology-driven solutions to information sharing needs that respect applicable privacy, security and data integrity requirements. He does so in a way that is informed by experience and well thought out approaches that we consider an exemplar for tech firms, enterprises and government data strategists. In this OODAcast we examine some of his approaches.

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13 Aug 2020

OODAcast: Kevin DeSanto On Due Diligence and M&A Transactions and Trust Based Networking

Kevin DeSanto is an investment banker delivering advice and execution assistance to high growth businesses preparing for M&A and financial transactions. His company, KippsDeSanto, has developed a reputation for trusted execution support for companies in government contracting, aerospace, defense and cybersecurity. He leads teams that advise senior management, boards of directors and shareholders.

The art and science of this type of investment banking can only be perfected by experience and Kevin has just that. In this OODAcast we tapped into his experience to bring out lessons relevant to any CEO seeking to build future value and prepare for future events. This includes getting Kevin’s insights into the best way to prepare for due diligence assessments.

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05 Aug 2020

Counter-Disinformation Tradecraft For Professionals And Leaders – OODA Training Event

OODA is pleased to offer this unique online training event with OODA Expert Marc Ambinder.  OODA Network Members receive 50% off.  Please log-in to view the discount code or use this opportunity to Join Our Network (Link).

Training Date:  August 27, 2020 at 13:00 p.m. (EST)

Course Description:

Viral misinformation and disinformation campaigns cause otherwise intelligent human beings to make poor choices. You already know that.

But the most harmful consequence is more subtle and more pernicious: civic paralysis. The bad information befuddles our intuitions and teaches us that we can’t really figure out what we need to know in order to make a good choice in any given situation.

That means that voters don’t vote. Consumers turn away from trusted brands. Readers opt for simple confirmation of beliefs, rather than tolerate nuance. Customers won’t take risks on new products. Even leaders in positions of authority, when paralyzed by misinformation, throw up their hands and give up. The problem, as old as human beings, now seems too big, too easily scaled up, too epiphenomenal to try to tackle.

How can decision-makers function in an environment when the barrier of entry to gaming any set of facts is so low? How can you communicate your story clearly, cleverly, and with confidence that your adversaries, competitors, opponents, personal trolls and random enemies, won’t block your way? How can you avoid the traps that make your business, your message, your story uniquely susceptible to a disinformation campaign?

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30 Jul 2020

OODAcast: Andy Lustig On Legal and Due Diligence Support In The High Tech Era

Andrew (Andy) Lustig is a partner at the high tech law firm Cooley, where he focuses on private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions and the general corporate representation of high-growth technology companies in both the commercial and government marketplace. His practice includes a wide range of industry sectors including information technology, national security, cybersecurity, data analytics, software and telecommunications. He also represents a number of leading venture capital and private equity firms.

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29 Jul 2020

What Executives Need To Know About The Report of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission

In 2019 Congress passed legislation signed into law by the President establishing the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission, chartered to develop a consensus on a strategic approach to defending the US against cyber attacks of significant consequences. The commission was established to be bi-partisan and also staffed and chartered to be as informed as possible by experts who really know the state of technology and cyber defense today. The commission executed its charter through extensive outreach and dialog with leaders in industry, academia, non-profits and government and produced deliverables that will make a positive change in our nation’s defense.

This special report begins with an executive level overview of key take-aways from the report but transitions into recommended actions for business executives. The report makes it clear that there are actions you can take today that will give your business competitive advantage in the market.

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