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August 2021 OODA Loop Monthly Meeting Generates Actionable Insights Into A Chaotic World

OODA Network members are invited to participate in 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 reporting on member needs.

The August monthly meeting focused on issues around Afghanistan and the many geopolitical and business related elements of these chaotic events. Members also discussed topics in the OODA C-Suite Report.

Topics discussed this month included:

Topics discussed and questions raised for follow-up research and analysis included:

  • Higher-order issues/broad challenges for the future
  • Bridging the Perennial Divide: real partnership and real outcomes from public/private partnership for Cybersecurity Challenge ahead
  • What will be the Chinese response to the fall of Kabul?
  • Taliban 2.0: Has the organization really changed?
  • Corporate human resource allocation, recruitment, and employee safety in the Middle East
  • Do most organizations over-optimize and lose resiliency?
  • Intelligence Reform:  Do we try to simplify the nature of conflict?  Do we have a propensity to avoid complexity?
  • Intelligence Fusion – We need to somehow find a way to synchronize multiple themes
  • A low-tech adversary: is U.S. DoD building the right technology systems?
  • WWII, Manhattan Project, and Marshal Plan-style mobilizations to multiple existential threats
  • Cybersecurity: Pessimism is easy. What are we going to do about it?
  • What did we know: Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) Quarterly Reports and the Fall of Kabul?
  • Is Taiwan the Next Chechnya/Crimea? Or Hong Kong?
  • Organizational Behavior: Black Swan/Silver Lining counterfactuals to break the echo chamber/groupthink
  • Will we begin to see a non-US Central resource allocation in Afghanistan post-fall of Kabul?  What does that look like?  Is it led by a friend or foe?
  • Is it going to take a Pearl Harbor? What is the next Pearl Harbor?
  • Cyberblitz/Bitskreig:  What does it take to make a blitz in this area?
  • China/Taiwan semiconductor supply chain – scenario planning/wargaming exercise to complement monthly member call

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Daniel Pereira

Daniel Pereira

Daniel Pereira is research director at OODA. He is a foresight strategist, creative technologist, and an information communication technology (ICT) and digital media researcher with 20+ years of experience directing public/private partnerships and strategic innovation initiatives.