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Traitors Among Us: Inside the Spy Catcher's World
Traitors Among Us: Inside the Spy Catcher's World
von Stuart Herrington
  Gebundene Ausgabe

4.0 von 5 Sternen Solid History of Two Successes, Hidden Story of Failure, 28. Juni 2000
This book, highly recommended by the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), grabbed me from the beginning. Stuart, whom I know as one of the most thoughtful and self-effacing Colonels in military intelligence, wisely chooses to focus on the two most important cases in recent U.S. military history. For a catalog of all the others, see "Merchants of Treason" by Tom Allen and Norman Polmar. A few things about this valuable book bear emphasis here: 1) early on, the FBI tried to shut the CIA out of the first case, and Col Herrington very wisely insisted on including them--leading to critical CIA contributions without which the case would not have been solved; 2) counterintelligence is incredible tedious, boring, *hard* work, and it takes a special kind of commander to maintain morale under such circumstances; 3) both Defense and Justice lawyers screwed up big-time by not being aware that military intelligence activities in Austria were illegal in Austria and therefore warranted early involvement of the Austrian government--this ignorance cost us heavily; 4) allowing soldiers to "homestead" in sensitive intelligence positions anywhere is very dangerous; and finally--bringing to bear some personal knowledge here--5) success is temporary, failure is forever...I'll wager the Army's Foreign Counterintelligence Activity has gone downhill since this book was written, and that the old "go along easy" habits of those that have been homesteading too long at FCA are again rearing their ugly heads. Counterintelligence is still a backwater, and any commander, however exceptional, is going to need strong Service-level support if they are to keep their senior civil servant (bureaucratic) elements in line. This book is an excellent touchstone for Congressional members and staff, Service and DoD chiefs who care little for counterintelligence but need to do more, and for citizens who need to know that counterintelligence is on the "front lines" every day, in every clime and place.


Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Structure of Scientific Revolutions
von Thomas S Kuhn
  Taschenbuch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Enduring Classic on the Hard Truth about Changing Minds, 29. Mai 2000
Two points are worthy of emphasis: 1) the paradigm shift is always forced and 2) until the paradigm shift occurs, always suddenly, the incumbents can comfortably explain everything with their existing paradigm. There will be many from the current "laissez faire" academics without accountability environment who would be critical of this book, but the fact is that it's fundamentals are on target; as the sociology of knowledge has shown time and time again, "thinkers" are nepotistic, incestuous, and generally lazy, as well as mono-lingual and culturally-constrained, and it takes a major shock-wave to push any given intellectual domain up to the next plateau.


Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway
Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway
von Clifford Stoll
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,62

5.0 von 5 Sternen From the Top Cyber-Sleuth, A Cold Shower on Cyber-Hype, 29. Mai 2000
When Cliff Stoll, the brilliant man who caught the top East German electronic criminal, speaks on the failures of our cyber-culture, we must listen carefully. "Our networks are awash in data. A little of it's information. A smidgen of this shows up as knowledge....The Internet, that great digital dumpster, confers not power, not prosperity, not perspicacity...Our networks can be frustrating, expensive, unreliable connections that get in the way of useful work. It is an overpromoted hollow world, devoid of warmth and human kindness. The heavily promoted information infrastructure addresses few social needs or business concerns. At the same time, it directly threatens precious parts of our society, including schools, libraries, and social institutions."


Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy: Using a Digital Nervous System
Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy: Using a Digital Nervous System
von Bill Gates
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Preis: EUR 40,93

4.0 von 5 Sternen 900 Lb Gorrilla Writes Book, Essential Reading, 29. Mai 2000
No doubt largely written by staff assistants, this book can be considered a watered-down version of Microsoft's game plan for taking over the world, i.e. being the operating system for everything. Each chapter has a useful figure that sums up business lessons and methods for diagnosing one of the aspect's of one's digital nervous system. This is a great airplane book. Like him or not, when the 900 lb digital gorrilla writes a book, we all have to read it.


Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance
Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance
von Larry Downes
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Twelve Step Guide To Good Business in New Economy, 29. Mai 2000
Twelve principles of killer app design: 1) Outsource to the customer, 2) Cannibalize your markets; 3) Treat each customer as a market segment of one; 4) Create communities of value; 5) Replace rude interfaces with learning interfaces; 6) Ensure continuity for the customer, not yourself; 7) Give away as much information as you can; 8) Structure every transaction as a joint venture; 9) Treat your assets as liabilities; 10) Destroy your value chain; 11) Manage innovation as a portfolio of options; 12) Hire the children.


Allen Dulles
Allen Dulles
von James Srodes
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Serious Book for Serious Professionals, 28. Mai 2000
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This is a book that had to be written and needs to be read by those who seek to understand Allen Dulles in greater depth. The author does break new ground and add valuable new detail to the history of Allen Dulles, and his hard work in bringing us this book merits appreciation. Having said that, I confess to three disappointments: 1) the use of years to demarcate the chapters, rather than meaningful titles, is both boring and representative of the book's lack of presentational "zing"; 2) the book obsesses on Allen Dulles as the center of the earth and leaves out the context within which Dulles achieved his successes-casual references to how he operated two additional French networks, for example, without covering the arduous and detailed path that led to the creation and maintenance of those networks, leave one feeling as if Dulles simply waved a magic wand to create networks whole-bodied and in full force; and 3) the conclusion of the book, purportedly a review of what Allen Dulles would see and feel if he examined today's intelligence community, is generally on target but rather terse-nothing that one could take to an incoming President to energize him into revitalizing and enhancing our national intelligence community. There are some gems in this book that reflect the author's dedication and merit notice: Richard Helms reflecting on how America came much too close to losing World War II; Walt Rostow on calming the Kennedy's and preventing a rash counter-attack once the Bay of Pigs was known to be a disaster-this is the stuff of history, and I therefore heartily recommend this book as a valuable contribution to our understanding of Allen Dulles' place in history.


Out Of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World
Out Of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World
von Kevin Kelly
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 16,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Co-Evolution of Man and Machine, 17. April 2000
Kevin has produced what I regard as one of the top five books of this decade. A very tough read but worth the effort. I had not understood the entire theory of co-evolution developed by Stewart Brand and represented in the Co-Evolution Quarterly and The Whole Earth until I read this book. Kevin introduces the concept of the "hive mind", addresses how biological systems handle complexity, moves over into industrial ecology and network economics, and concludes with many inspiring reflections on the convergence of biological and technical systems. He was easily a decade if not two ahead of his time.


The Discipline of Market Leaders: Choose Your Customers, Narrow Your Focus, Dominate Your Market
The Discipline of Market Leaders: Choose Your Customers, Narrow Your Focus, Dominate Your Market
von Michael Treacy
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 16,30

5.0 von 5 Sternen Bottom Line, Hard-Hitting Focus, 8. April 2000
There are three disciplines discussed in this book: operational excellence, product leadership, and customer intimacy. The most important is customer intimacy. "For customer-intimate companies, the toughest challenge is to let go of current solutions and to move themselves and their clients to the next paradigm."


End of Bureaucracy and the Rise of the Intelligent Organization
End of Bureaucracy and the Rise of the Intelligent Organization
von Gifford Pinchot
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Manifesto for Good People Trapped in Bad Organizations, 8. April 2000
The seven essentials of organizational intelligence include widespread truth and rights; freedom of enterprise, liberated teams, equality and diversity, voluntary learning networks, democratic self-rule, and limited corporate government. It was this book, and the very strong applause that the author received from all those attending OSS '96, that caused me to realize that the U.S. Intelligence Community is just chock full of very good people that want to change, but are not being allowed to change by the organizational circumstances within which they are trapped-frozen in time and budget.


Banishing Bureaucracy: The Five Strategies For Reinventing Government
Banishing Bureaucracy: The Five Strategies For Reinventing Government
von David Osborne
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Thoughts That Did Not Take Root in USG, 8. April 2000
Well, the Vice President loved it and the President bought into it, but it did not make a difference. The National Performance Review identified a number of substantive objectives for intelligence reform, and the intelligence bureaucracy was successful in ignoring the White House. I suspect it has something to do with one of the fundamentals: "Unleash-but Harness-the Pioneers." The U.S. Intelligence Community can't stand pioneers unless they are spending billions of dollars on something really, really secret that has a high probability of failure. Reinvention boils down to uncoupling or deconstructing a whole bunch of stuff, and then allowing the pieces to compete. It requires managers that can "let go" and employees that can "take hold." Above all, it requires openness and accountability....


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