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Best Truth by Bruce D. Berkowitz
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Aug 07, 13

bookshelves: espionage, reference, academia, historical
Read in August, 2008

After _years_ of reading Biographies of Spooks and Propagandized "Tell All" CIA/KGB/NSA Books; it is truly refreshing and even fun to think along with Berkowitz as he explains precisely HOW & WHY old systems don't work as well as Network-based Topologies. All his examples are strictly from "Network Theory" branch of Mathematics and are not at all dependent on his opinion. Would be 5 star, but a little dy.
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“In some cases the intelligence community could subsidize commercial and academic sources to ensure specialized or additional expertise for surge situations. The key challenge in these cases is that, although experts in academia and the media are likely to be eager to assist the government, they may be reluctant to have direct association with intelligence organizations. U.S. intelligence will need mechanisms that keep these experts at arm's length. One alternative could be to work through agencies such at the State Department and National Security Council, or private organizations such as the National Science Foundation. Moreover, these buffer mechanisms will need to be real, and not just a cover story. A few stories about how such-and-such organization is a 'front for U.S. intelligence' will ensure not only that the organization will lose its access to experts, but that the experts themselves will be less likely to offer their services to the government in the future. ”
Bruce D. Berkowitz, Best Truth

“As in the case of the economy, an 'invisible hand' will often be a better cultivator of ideas and allocator of effort. The challenge for intelligence officials in the Information Age is to understand how to integrate these indirect mechanisms into their operations”
Allan E. Goodman, Best Truth


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