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28 Information technology has not been an obstacle to the creation of 24/7 “plots” but rather mind-sets and bureaucratic inertia. For a stimulating and truly enlightening account of both the early mistakes and later successes of the British in World War II in using “plots” to track and anticipate the movements of submarines (a skill applicable to today’s terrorists), see Patrick Beesley, Very Special Intelligence: The Story of the Admiralty's Operational Intelligence Centre, 1939-1945 (Greenhill, 2000). As with all books cited, a summative review by Robert Steele, with key points itemized, can be read at Amazon.
29 Despite General Gray’s concern in 1988, and years of effort by the author that culminated in testimony to the Aspin-Brown Commission resulting in a finding that our access to open sources was “severely deficient” and should be a “top priority” for funding; and despite a report commissioned by DCI George Tenet and delivered by Boyd Sutton in July 1997 on “The Challenge of Global Coverage”—a report recommending that $1.5 billion a year be spent on open sources as an insurance policy, consisting of $10 million a year on each of 150 topics of lower tier countries spawning terrorism, crime, disease, and other ills, Tenet, his predecessors, and his successors have consistently refused to focus on anything other than secrets for the President. The Global Coverage report is easily accessible via .
30 There are a handful of books that really emphasis the importance of history and the continuing strategy relevance of historical factors including morality and birth control (or not). Among them: Will and Ariel Durant, The Lessons of History (Simon & Schuster, 1968), Richard Neustradt and Ernest May, Thinking In Time : The Uses Of History For Decision Makers (Free Press, 1988), and Stewart Brand, The Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility: The Ideas Behind the World's Slowest Computer (Basic, 2000), John Lewis Gaddis, The Landscape of History : How Historians Map the Past (Oxford, 2004). Included here are two books on the
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