Connective Environments

I have wondered for a little bit now how social information systems fit within the Army’s MDO conceptual framework. I understand that they are part of what the Army considers “information operations,” which has a variety of dimensions to it, from OSINT (open source intelligence — basically scraping the web and other public sources) to information warfare. What I have not understood is where information fits within the conventional MDO framework, which seems very tied still to physical environments, with cyberspace representing a non-physical, thus “virtual”, environment.

It would appear, from a recent briefing, which is entirely in the public domain that information is considered a connective environment, like the electro-magnetic spectrum. You would think that cyber might be considered a connective environment — just as land, sea, air, and space are really connective environments — within which certain kinds of operations take place. But the reverse is true?

I’m scratching my head on this one.

The Internecine Project

Any number of films have left lasting impressions on me. Certainly some have gone onto shape my imagination in various ways. A lot of them are films that I watched with my father, like The Man with No Name trilogy that featured Clint Eastwood, or any number of WW2 films — Kelly’s Heroes or The Dirty Dozen or The Longest Day to name just a few — that shaped the fiction I read and the movies I watched as I grew older.

Then there are the films I found myself and watched, some of which were either “made for television” or found their only real home there or on the nascent cable television channels. The Blonde with One Black Shoe certainly falls under the latter category, as does a host of British, or near-British, spy thrillers. Like the Harry Palmer trilogy, the original Italian Job, or The Internecine Project, a film that stayed in my head for as long as it has because I loved its hammered dulcimer soundtrack so much that I recorded it as it played on air onto a cassette tape which contained a host of other favorite soundtracks, most of which I can no longer remember.

It turns out that The Internecine Project is not only watchable again on Youtube, but its soundtrack is available on Apple Music.

Terry Talks Movies

I don’t know how the Youtube channel Terry Talks Movies made it into my stream, but it did and it’s turned up a number of older movies to watch. In a review of “1960s Science Fiction Movies You Should See,” Terry observes the following about the protagonists of Privilege, a film he describes as a didactic docudrama (worth watching):

They are innocents in a world where predatory men are turning the passions of young people into social cages in which to enslave them.