April 26, 2021

OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING:

Spy chiefs look to declassify intel after rare plea from 4-star commanders (BETSY WOODRUFF SWAN and BRYAN BENDER, 04/26/2021, Politico)

The memo from nine regional military commanders last year implored spy agencies to give them more evidence they can make public as a way to combat "pernicious conduct."

Only by "waging the truth in the public domain against America's 21st century challengers" can Washington shore up support from American allies, they said. But efforts to compete in the battle of ideas, they added, are hamstrung by overly stringent secrecy practices.

"We request this help to better enable the US, and by extension its allies and partners, to win without fighting, to fight now in so-called gray zones, and to supply ammunition in the ongoing war of narratives," the commanders who oversee U.S. military forces in Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, as well as special operations troops, wrote to then-acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire last January.

"Unfortunately, we continue to miss opportunities to clarify truth, counter distortions, puncture false narratives, and influence events in time to make a difference," they added.

The memo, which was reviewed by POLITICO and has not been made public, made waves inside the Pentagon, the Intelligence Community, and on Capitol Hill over the past year, where it has come to be known as the "36-star memo." It wasn't a command or an ultimatum; rather, it implored the Intelligence Community to make big changes.

It's particularly useful so that the markets can shred our consistent over-estimations of enemy capacities.

Posted by at April 26, 2021 8:54 PM

  

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