Friday, February 27, 2009

Global Guerrilas Blog - Check it Out

I seem to have a theme running here this week.  Just discovered John Robb's Global Guerrillas and you will want to check out this particular post there (  He wrote the book Brave New War by Wiley publishing (2007).  To learn more about him, here is his link from that blog (  Was surprised to discovered that he took his flight training at Reese Air Force Base located in my home town of Lubbock, Texas.  

Open Source Revolution (i.e Tea Party, Part Two)?

Quoting C.W. Richards who was doing a review of Mr. Robb's book on, "Global guerrillas practice something Robb calls "open source warfare," which means that in the modern environment, people even on different continents can form or join groups, train, and carry out operations much more quickly than in the past or than the major legacy states can today.  As the groups learn from each other (and a sort of Darwinism selects out the unfit), a larger pattern forms, an "emergent intelligence," similar to a marauding colony of army ants, no one of which is very sophisticated, but operating together according to simple rules, they are survivable, adaptable, and in a suitable environment, invincible.

"As Robb summarizes it:  ...the behavior of these insurgencies as a whole seems to learn, achieve goals, and engage in self-preservation, despite the vast differences in how individual groups are organized.(p126)."

How to counter all of this?  Robb's answer is basically improve one's resilience by any means possible.  The federal governemnts provides incentives to homewoners to, for example, energy resilience.  As more people add power generation to their own houses - solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, or whatever, the overall 'national' energy resilience is improved.  Which makes it harder for terrorist groups to stage a raid on - say a oil pipeline and cause a distruption of service that way. 

I can't help but think that we can witness the rise of COBRA for real (or KORBA so that Hasbro doesn't have a cow over their cash cow).  

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