Orientations

Frans Osinga’s book on Boyd, “Science, Strategy and War: The Strategic Theory of John Boyd” has been issued in paperback. Previously, it was $90 for a copy. The new paperback edition is $35.95, and is easily worthwhile at that price. Science, Strategy and War is an academic analysis of the John Boyd’s thinking and its…

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I’ve been meaning to blog about “The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global ” by Fawaz Georges for quite some time. The book is a fascinating look at the internal debates of the various Jihadist sub-groups, and takes its title from an argument over targeting the “near enemy,” or local government, or the “far enemy,”…

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When Larry Ellison said “We have the security problem solved,” a lot of jaws dropped. A lot of people disagree strongly with that claim. (Ed Moyle has some good articles: “Oracle’s Hubris: Punishment is Coming,” “Oracle to World: ‘Security Mission Accomplished…’“) That level of dripping sarcasm is fairly widespread amongst the security experts I talk…

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In a jargon-rich yet readable essay, (“Cryptographic Commitments“) David Molnar discusses the assumptions that he brings to his work as a cryptographer. Its fascinating to me to see someone lay out the assumptions portion of their orientation like this, and I think readers can ignore the specifics and get a lot out of the essay.…

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John Robb has a fascinating post on how networked organizations learn and improve their orientation as they engage with their worlds. In “Emergent Intelligence,” Robb focuses on the Iraqi insurgency, but draws important and general lessons. He says there are five factors needed for emergent intelligence: A critical mass of participation. I’d suggest that a…

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Among those who understand that software is, almost without exception, full of security holes, there are at least three major orientations. I’ve recently seen three articles, all of which I wanted to talk about, but before I do I should explain how I’m using the word orientation, and the connotations it carries. As used by…

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