13 Apr 2022

An Executive’s Guide To Cognitive Bias in Decision Making: A Career Intelligence Officer Provides Context on Fighting Bias in Judgement

Cognitive Bias and the errors in judgement they produce are seen in every aspect of human decision-making, including in the business world. Companies that have a better understanding of these cognitive biases can optimize decision making at all levels of the organization, leading to better performance in the market. Companies that ignore the impact these biases have on corporate decision-making put themselves at unnecessary risk. This post by OODA Co-Founder Bob Gourley provides personal insights into key biases as well as mitigation strategies you can put in place right now.

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12 Apr 2022

The OODA C-Suite Report: Operational Intelligence for Decision-Makers

What is the value of an informed decision? At OODA Loop, we seek to surface decision intelligence that provides meaningful perspective for leaders and analysts looking to make the most informed decisions possible. The topics examined in this assessment represent developments that fit the category of operating in a VUCA world, identifying and responding to Gray Rhino risks, or opportunities from advancements in emerging technology domains. These are issues we think our members should be tracking and map to collection requirements for our team to keep you as informed as possible.

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11 Apr 2022

Open-Source Intelligence Resources: Tracking Financial Assets, Military Equipment Losses, UCS Satellite Database and UNOSAT Maps

Leverage these open source tools to provide your organization with the best in class information to inform business strategy, operations, and risk awareness levels around the world. Firms that understand the strengths and weaknesses of their own Cognitive Infrastructure will have an advantage over those that do not attend to this crucial function within an organization.

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08 Apr 2022

The New State Department Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy

Earlier this week,   The State Department on Monday launched a new cybersecurity bureau, designed to enhance digital diplomacy and online standards around the world. 

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07 Apr 2022

The Problem With Solutions To Cyber Threat Detection

In part one, we discussed the importance of problem comprehension and its role in problem-solving. In short, part one highlighted that you can’t solve a problem you don’t understand. The paradox is that you won’t completely understand most problems. While problem-solving begins with a problem, problem framing does not happen once. Problem framing continuously evolves until you discover the right solution. This process does not operate in the opposite direction. It is almost inconceivable to have the right solution and develop a problem until it is perfect. 

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07 Apr 2022

Optimizing Corporate Intelligence

This post dives into actionable recommendation on ways to optimize a corporate intelligence effort. It is based on a career serving large scale analytical efforts in the US Intelligence Community and in applying principles of intelligence in corporate America.

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31 Mar 2022

The March 2022 OODA Network Member Meeting: Core Themes Emerge from Five Scenarios for War’s End

To help members optimize opportunities and reduce risk, OODA hosts a monthly video call to discuss items of common interest to our membership. These highly collaborative sessions are always a great way for our members to meet and interact with each other while talking about topics like global risks, emerging technologies, cybersecurity, and current or future events impacting their organizations. We also use these sessions to help better focus our research and better understand member needs.

The March call was held on Friday, March 18th, and was organized around five scenarios for the end of the war in Ukraine.  

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31 Mar 2022

Why is cyber threat detection so hard?

Why is cyber threat detection so hard? The most obvious reason threat detection is hard is that “threat” is too abstract to solve. It may seem obvious, but effective problem solving requires problem framing. Hence, everyone involved in the process clearly understands the problem and what it is not. We get distracted by vague and amorphous claims of AI outthinking humans or being “slightly” conscious. We forget that problem-solving is more complicated than pip install tensorflow.

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30 Mar 2022

A Practitioner’s View of Corporate Intelligence

This post is part of a series providing insights aimed at corporate strategists seeking competitive advantage through better and more accurate decision-making. 

Organizations in competitive environments should continually look for ways to gain advantage over their competitors. The ability of a business to learn and translate that learning into action, at speeds faster than others, is one of the most important competitive advantages you can have. This fact of business life is why the model of success in competition articulated by former Air Force fighter pilot John Boyd, the Observe – Orient – Decide – Act (OODA) decision loop, is so relevant in business decision-making today.

In this business model, decisions are based on observations of dynamic situations tempered with business context to drive decisions and actions. These actions should change the situation meaning new observations and new decisions and actions will follow. This all underscores the need for a good corporate intelligence program.

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30 Mar 2022

Open-Source Intelligence Resources: The EU Disinformation Lab’s Ukraine Conflict Resource Hub

EU DisinfoLab is an independent non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on “researching and tackling sophisticated disinformation campaigns targeting the European Union, its member states, core institutions, and core values.” The lab has created the Ukraine Conflict Resource Hub with essential information and links to reliable research, analysis, and fact-checks to help [organizations] navigate during this crisis.

While these tools have been compiled in the context of the war in Ukraine, these open-source intelligence tools are also broadly useful to gain a competitive advantage by strengthening your organization’s cognitive infrastructure.

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