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Draft Chapter for Strategic Intelligence

to the established firms in the military-industrial complex who profit from proprietary softwares and human “butts in seats” rather than real-world low-cost answers, can be blamed for the chasm between the secret intelligence world and the real world of open sources and standards.

2.  No Geospatial Attributes.  In the fall of 1988 it was made known to the U.S. Intelligence Community and clearly articulated by the author to a meeting of the General Defense Intelligence Program (GDIP), that in the absence of geospatial attributes for every datum entering the all-source processing system (actually an archipelago of private databases), that machine-speed all-source analysis and fusion would be an impossibility.  Despite this, the individual secret collection disciplines of clandestine human intelligence (HUMINT), signals intelligence (SIGINT), and imagery intelligence (IMINT) refuse to do anything other than persist with their human analytic reporting that provides date-time-group (DTG), and geographic place names where known, but no standard geospatial attributes for relating information to a map.  Today Google Earth is being used in extraordinary ways to visualize relationship databases of real estate, shipping, and other important topics, and the individual citizen is light years ahead of the average “cut and paste” analyst at the federal, state, and local levels.

3.  No Integration.  There is no one single place where all known information comes together.  Despite critical concerns raised by every Congressional and Presidential commission since the 1940’s, the U.S. Intelligence Community has continued to be “flawed by design,”26 and persisted in the turf wars between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),

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