07 Oct 2021

China’s Formal Bid for Global Dominance of the Semiconductor Supply Chain

What is the future of the Global Semiconductor Supply Chain?

According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), China has a strategic framework for building a competitive advantage in the semiconductor industry. Implementation measures have also been announced by the Chines government that “encourage U.S. and foreign semiconductor companies to transfer certain technology, intellectual property (IP), talent, and research and development (R&D) to operations in China.”

What does this mean? And what are the implications for your business or organization?

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05 Oct 2021

The Information Threat Vector(s): Why Facebook Regulation and Accountability Matters

Facebook has been headlining the news the last three days – and not in a good way.

Why are the scale, scope, and impact of Facebook and its family of social media platforms (Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.) so important?

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01 Oct 2021

Ellen McCarthy and Kathy and Randy Pherson on Intelligent Leadership and Critical Thinking

In March of this year, Bob spoke with Ellen McCarthy, a highly accomplished and distinguished executive who reached the very highest echelons of the US intelligence community. In January, Bob had a conversation with Kathy and Randy Pherson. The Phersons had successful careers in the US Intelligence Community, where they pioneered new analytical methods and would later help bring those methods to widespread adoption in the community.

Topics discussed include leadership styles, intelligence-gathering operations, the history of the OSS and the INR at State, disinformation, critical thinking, mental models, and foresight.

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29 Sep 2021

What are the US Cyber Games?

On Draft Day, the 50 elite players from the US Cyber Combine Invitational comes down to the final 20 athletes who will be announced as members of the first U.S. Cyber Team. The Team will represent the United States at the inaugural global competition: The International Cyber Security Challenge (ICSC) held in Athens, Greece in June 2022. 

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28 Sep 2021

From Semiconductor Supply Chains to Dirty Bombs: Summary of the September 2021 OODA Network Member Meeting

The September monthly meeting covered a range of issues, from planning for an upcoming OODA Network wargame exercise to a recent cyber vulnerability and mitigation, future research on CISA and critical infrastructure, and recent events in France surrounding the discovery of IEDs with uranium traces.

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27 Sep 2021

Richer and Becker on Domestic Terrorism, Cyber, China, Iran, Russia, and Decision-Making

In February of this year, Matt Devost spoke to Rob Richer, a highly regarded advisor to international executives and global government leaders including several heads of state.

In October of 2020, Bob Gourley had a conversation with Rear Admiral Paul Becker, USN (Retired). In January of 2021, Admiral Beck also took part in an OODA Network Interview with OODA Expert Network Member Chris Ward. Admiral Becker is an author, speaker, and board member with extensive experience in intelligence operations.

These three conversations with Becker and Richer cover topics such as domestic terrorism, cyberthreats, China, Iran, Russia, and decision-making.

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24 Sep 2021

The Liberty Experience: Envision a World Where You Own and Control Your Own Data

Foresight strategy (scenario planning), as a discipline, requires setting up signal and sensemaking mechanisms to have the most unique ideas, projects, and mental models on hand when devising futures. The experience economy, or experiential learning, is a rewarding method for sensemaking. 

The Liberty Experience caught our eye, and we thought the OODA Loop Network would find the exhibit of interest.

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23 Sep 2021

AI-Based Ambient Intelligence Innovation in Healthcare and the Future of Public Safety

Disaster conditions will clearly be more impactful and more frequent due to the impact of climate change. The domestic terrorism threat stateside is becoming a constant, with the impact and frequency of growing domestic U.S. political instability and public safety incidents to be determined.

We will need systems that are monitoring these temporal, ephemeral ecosystems and providing insights and recommendations for real-time decision-making support and situational awareness analysis. What can AI-Based Ambient Intelligence Innovation in Healthcare teach us?

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22 Sep 2021

Disaster Response Applications: New Lessons From The Fall of Kabul and Severe Weather Events

We are entering an era when on-the-ground conditions and real-time disaster-level information flows grow in their value in the aftermath of more frequent and mounting disaster conditions.

Is there a wave of democratization of access to tools and/or product commercialization ahead in this space? For now, the following are some current signals and use cases from recent events.

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21 Sep 2021

Omand and Medina on Disinformation, Cognitive Bias, Cognitive Traps and Decision-making

In August, Bob Gourley had a far-ranging conversation with Sir David Omand. One of the most respected intelligence professionals in the world, Omand is also the author of the book How Spies Think: Ten lessons in intelligence. In May of 2020, Bob’s OODAcast conversation was with Carmen Medina, who served 32 years in senior positions at the Central Intelligence Agency, most of which focused on one of the hardest tasks in the community, that of analysis. 

These two conversations hit on topics such as disinformation, cognitive bias, cognitive traps, biased decision-making during the pandemic, strategic action, the paradox of warning, and decision-making.

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