Due Diligence prior to an investment, merger, acquisition or other business event is best done with experienced professionals who have past performance. This is especially true when assessing the technology or cybersecurity of a target firm. Due Diligence professionals should also maintain a current understanding of the state of enterprise technology and cybersecurity. This page brings together OODA special reports on these topics to help our members track the most critical elements in these domains. We also provide up to date reporting from the OODA Daily Pulse that can inform your due diligence activities.

Lessons Learned From A Decade in Technology Due Diligence

Bob Gourley has spent a career evaluating the business impact of technologies and devising strategies to apply technology to operational success. Inform your next due diligence assessment with the actionable insights in this video. See: Lessons Learned in Due Diligence


Special Reporting on The Federal Technology Market

The federal government spends almost $90B a year on technology. But serving this market can be hard, especially for a startup firm. Our analysts have decades of experience helping tech startup CEOs succeed in the federal space. Our special reporting on this topic provides actionable insights to help you prioritize your actions and optimize your strategy. Our federal technology expert Bob Gourley produces this series and is available to all OODA Network members seeking additional insights for growth in this sector.  Review all in this series at: OODA’s Special Reporting on the Federal Technology Market.


The Revolution in Bio-Science:

This post provides an overview of key thrusts of the transformation underway in biology and offers seven topics business leaders should consider when updating business strategy to optimize opportunity because of these changes. For more see:  The Executive’s Guide To The Revolution in Biology


Security In Space and Security of Space:

The last decade has seen an incredible increase in the commercial use of space. Businesses and individual consumers now leverage space solutions that are so integrated into our systems that they seem invisible. Some of these services include: Communications, including very high-speed low latency communications to distant and mobile users. Learn more at: OODA Research Report: What Business Needs To Know About Security In Space Also see: Is Space Critical Infrastructure, and the special report on Cyber Threats to Project Artemis, and Mitigating Threats To Commercial Space Satellites


Data As A Weapon System:

Are you making the most of your data holdings? If you want to leverage your data to the better of your business you need to treat it like a weapon and use it to gain advantage over others. This is not just about your technical architecture, this is about your attitude and the approach you take to being proactive. For our best practices on how to do so see the OODA Guide to Using Your Data As A Weapon.

Additional Assessments:

Living in the Future – Matt Devost reviews key insights and predictions of trends from 2010 and assesses how predictions then played out. OODA is tracking all these trends as we move fast to the future.

2019 and the Evolving Role of OSINT – Open Source Intelligence, to include social media analysis, has evolved a next generation of crowdsourcing and accountability.

Towards 2020: The most popular stories on OODA Loop for 2019

What We All Need To Know About The Impacts of a Truly Global Internet: Insights leading to actions

Hostile Social Manipulation: Insights you can use

OODA Trends 2019 – Our take on an annual trends report looks at emerging technology and security trends that should be in your OODA Loop.

Manage Insider Risk and Prevent Big Brother Perception – A four part series by OODA Network Expert Crystal Lister on managing insider threats.

DHS & FBI Report that Election Infrastructure in all 50 States Targeted During 2016 – The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have issued a special report acknowledging that the election infrastructure in all 50 states was targeted during the 2016 election.

DoD’s new Capability Maturity Model for Cyber (CMMC): How the government will measure you.

Mexican Cartel Adaptation and Innovation: This brief assessment looks at non-technological innovation potentials among Mexican TCOs (criminal cartels and gangs).

What Business Leaders Need To Know Regarding Hong Kong: Yes it will impact your business

Insights From The DoDIIS Conference: Actionable info from this gathering of tech spies


The Top 10 Security, Technology, and Business Books – OODA CEO and Co-Founder Matt Devost reads over 50 books a year and provides his top 10 for 2019.  Also see the 2018 list, the 2017 list and 2016 list or our curated list of great reads at Amazon.com

LikeWar and the Weaponization of Social Media – Our interview with author P.W. Singer.

Unmasking Maskirovka: Russia’s Cyber Influence Operations – OODA Network Expert Book Review – This exploration is timely and relevant given the Russian assault on the American electoral process in the 2016 Presidential election—especially since the long-range implications are still being assessed. The AI Books Chinese President Xi Jinping is Reading: What we saw on his bookshelf

The Red Teamer’s Bookshelf – Our pick of key reads for security practitioners

What If You Could Know What The Designers Of Our AI-Enabled Future Think? – To really see where we are all going with Artificial Intelligence (AI) there is no better way than asking those who are architecting the future of AI.

Does Technology Threaten The Future of Humanity? According to this book it may.

The Hackers Who Saved The World: Interview with author Joe Menn


OODA Loop Market Sector Reviews

Each of these market sector reports captures key insights into the state of digital transformation of the sector and leads to recommendations both for leaders in that sector and for those seeking to serve these markets:

Digital Transformation in the Health Care Sector

Digital Transformation in the Financial Sector

Digital Transformation in the Industrials Sector

Digital Transformation in the Materials Sector- Optimizing The Business of Chemicals, Metals, Mining

Digital Transformation in the Transportation Sector

Digital Transformation in the Energy Sector