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This year, an open source insurgency formed in the US and it took control of the White House. I didn't write much about it this fall because it hit too close to home. I knew what would happen. What is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
This is big news. This is the first large scale demonstration that the "Terrorism Tax" I speculated about back in 2004, actually works. ______________ Liz Alderman at the NYTimes reported that terrorism is squashing Europe's first glimmer of recovery since... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
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The new FAA rules (part 107) for the commercial use of drones are now in force.. Let me summarize them for you in a single picture: The FAA rules (needed) are not only years late, they contain a major flaw.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
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What happens when a terrorist network (ISIS) finds a way to activate terrorists using social media (neatly piercing the security defenses that we pay hundreds of billions of $$ for every year) to randomly attack civilians (like the knife attack... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
I'll get some down and dirty insurgent thinking up tomorrow. In the meantime, here's some of my thinking on a strategic concept that could direct the development of autonomous robotics. It's called cognitive dominance. Cognitive dominance is the ability to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
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During this year's US election, what is the most common form of political communication? Is TV, print, or online advertisements? No. Is TV, print, or online journalism? No. The most common form of political messaging is found on social networking.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
I've been asked to do an AMA (ask me anything) with Reddit's largest group (200k members). ___________ Please join me in welcoming John Robb for an AMA this Friday, August 12th, at 7PM EST! John is an entrepreneur, defense and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
Our political system is broken. How do we fix it? We don't. We hack it. We build a political party that works like a network. How? We turn the party into an app. Into software. My collaborator, the successful tech... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
Some thinking you might find useful. It might sound wild and remote, but we are in a wild and out of control year. ANYTHING can happen. A treasure trove of e-mail and voicemail messages from the Democratic National Committee has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
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It's amazing how quickly social media broadcasting has become central to social violence. It is being used by all of the participants: Attackers (video was removed): Larossi Abballa Facebook livestreamed his terrorist attack on the home of a police chief... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
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Some items to think about: Brexit is a true black swan. Nobody in the mainstream, including the Leave camp, saw it coming. Even now, based on the analysis being written, few people understand why it won. Why did it win?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
Bots will transform warfare, from guerrilla warfare to conventional state conflict. Before I get to how bots will enable the automation of terrorism (a truly transformational development), let me spend a bit of time on how it will transform nation-state... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
Enemies innovate, particularly open source networks like ISIS. That's a given. It's what you do in response to that innovation that matters. That's where we are at right now. As I've been writing (1, 2, and 3), it appears that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
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Three months ago, I wrote up a worst case scenario for how the US could end up in a civil war this fall. Unfortunately, nothing has changed. The conditions that make the scenario possible are still valid. In fact, in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
There are a few methods. I haven't written them up yet.
The lone wolf terrorist does not exist. The lone wolf terrorist is a fiction. He doesn't exist. The reason is simple. People don't engage in terrorism as individuals. They do it as part of a social group. They need the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
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The ISIS Caliphate is using online fealty as a way to recruit jihadis around the world. It's a powerful recasting of an ancient concept that goes well beyond modern expressions of loyalty. The way ISIS has constructed its brand of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
During his deadly attack on a packed Orlando nightclub where he killed 50 people and wounded many more, Omar Mateen called 911. On the recorded call, he pledge his loyalty to ISIS. A day later, a terrorist outside of Paris,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
The GOP convention is scheduled for 18-21 of July in Cleveland. What's the chance of protests dominating the convention? 100% Here's a good example of why: The Federal government gave Cleveland a $50 m security grant to prepare for the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
The Panama papers revealed only one of the vast networks used by criminals, corrupt politicians and tax evaders to hide wealth from scrutiny. There are many, many more. My friend, Tom Barnett, at his new digs on resilient.com explains why... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
After a brief post Cold War hiatus, great power conflict has returned and it is likely to intensify as the economic woes of China, Russia, and the US worsen. During the Cold War, great power conflicts were fought through proxies... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
The policy wonks are up in arms over the NYTimes and WaPo interviews with Trump on foreign policy and trade. They simply can't say enough about how uninformed Trump is on this topic.... but there's something wrong with this picture.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
The ROI (return on investment) from making FAKE attacks against EU targets could exceed $1,000,000 to $1. IF 10,000 FAKE attacks are made in the next year by self-activating, super-empowered individuals, the costs would be incalculable. The successful terrorist attacks... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
The US election could get worse. It could be a prelude to a civil war. How so? Here's a simple scenario. It's November 8th and the choice is between Trump and Hillary. Both candidates have negatives approaching 70% (Hillary is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at Global Guerrillas
Boston Dynamics pioneered walking robots, on both two legs and four (see video). BD's early demonstrated success led Google (aka Alphabet) to acquire them for their robotics mashup, Replicant, in December of 2013. However, Google has changed their minds. Google... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at Global Guerrillas