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21 August 2010


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Horizontal is definitely the way to go. I've had some good experiences in that position.

Norbert M. Salamon


Was not Mr. Clapper involved in the outsourcing/privatization of the image collection/survailance satellites and analysis thereof?

If he was, what is the prognosis to simplify the privatized intelligance collecting monstrosity? I can not see how the present system can benefit the nation [many of the workers' jobs while deducting from unemployment are clearly misappropriation of taxpayers' funds] at a time when the nation is suffering from major debt problems [350+% of GDP, even without counting future entitlement costs].

thanks for your view/ correction, if any.

Jose L. Campos

This is off topic but I am beginning to feel as if the USA might see with good eyes that the Iranians might get the bomb because that would bring balance to the present state of disequilibrium in the Near East. Perhaps the US government feels that Israel's troubles are a heavy load and would like to obtain some relief.

William R. Cumming

PL has the Joint Committee on INTEL been a boon or bane over the years and what about their willingness to defer to the Executive Branch even while complaints increase of their ineffective oversight? Personally I would almost be willing to give up on the current 20 or so agencies that pride themselves on producing INTEL of value to anyone! But perhaps just ignorant of all their unseen success.

Cold War Zoomie

He's not afraid to reorganize and reorganize and reorganize and reorganize.

No better way to kill morale in a workforce than to reorg them into chaos.

I'm not saying there is no place for reorganization. But it's best to get it right the first time because every reorg thereafter saps the morale of worker bees while instilling a sense in them that The Top is clueless and floundering.

dan bradburd

The move from 'arm chair' analysis of data collected by others to the marriage data collection(field work) with analysis (in the field as part of the data collection process as well as back in the office) is generally considered the moment my discipline (anthropology) became a profession. It is not that men like Tylor and Morgan did not have great insights, but Malinowski and others showed that a fieldwork based ethnography provided an unmatched depth of understanding others--and in doing so ourselves.

I am sure that there is a logic behind the separation described above, but it seems counterintuitive to me.

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