A few months ago, I wrote an essay “January 6th and the Way Forward” in which I argued that there are three distinct and mutually reinforcing dilemmas driving the erosion of American democracy: political violence, hyperpartisan electoral politics, and rampant misinformation. I outlined necessary responses and promised more essays discussing policies and specific legislation that will help untangle the mess. This is the next entry in that series, in which I’ll discuss why the Senate filibuster makes everything else a moot point and how restoring its pre-1970 format is the best way to change it.

The filibuster is a procedural…


We are locked in a cycle of violence, hyperpartisanship, and misinformation that feeds on itself and cannot be broken at any single point alone. We must respond, without partisanship, by holding those responsible accountable, combating political violence through aggressive law enforcement, bringing our electoral process up to date with the 21st century, and properly regulating public speech, especially on online domains. A failure with any one will fatally undermine progress made with the others.

The storming of the US Capitol on January 6th punctuated a cycle of discord in the United States that has been simmering for years and now…


This is a memorial bracelet. Most of my friends from the Army wear one. I do not: none of my friends have been killed in action. I could not be luckier.

I got out of the Army about 6 months ago. I made some of the best friends I will ever have during my 4 years of service. On Memorial Day, as we remember our fallen and those they’ve left behind, I am particularly aware of my good fortune not to be one of those left behind. This is written in gratitude to each of the Soldiers I served with.

Nothing binds people together like shared hardship, and military service features shared hardship like almost nothing else. For me, that started with Basic Training. The training itself was not particularly challenging…


War in the Information Age will be decided by human capital. If the US wants to stay competitive, this is what we need to focus on:

  • Attract and retain people likely to excel in a wartime environment where the cost of failure is high. Retention will require bilateral negotiation between the Armed Services and service members pursuing a career change.
  • Train core skills (no more than three per unit type). Units should practice at least one of these every week and all three at least once a month. All other activities are secondary.
  • Reform the up-or-out career progression system. Brad…


No working model exists

Crowd-sourcing security data offers enormous promise: real-time, ground-truth intelligence for everyone in the network. But any crowd-sourcing effort comes with significant challenges. With more than 7 billion potential intel sources, crowd-sourced reporting needs some controls for reliability. Current models for security information are consumer-centric and do not have mechanisms to protect proprietary or sensitive company data. More importantly, these models leave organizations without the structure they need to safeguard large numbers of people effectively.

…so we’re building one.

Leveraging professionals, vested stakeholders, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) , we’re tackling each of these problems. The concept is…


The best intelligence won’t help if it can’t get to the people who need it. Our customers at Fortune 50 firms, small businesses, and NGOs, told us they needed reliable crisis communications, and we listened.

PACE is a military acronym (of course!) for Primary, Alternate, Contingency, and Emergency. We have back-ups to our back-up plan’s back-up. Our engineers have worked around the clock to build PACE Notify,™ the emergency notification feature of our platform. PACE Notify uses push notifications, recorded voice calls, SMS, and email to ensure your message is delivered, and we can work with other devices ranging from…


In response to William Hartung, as published in the War is Boring blog.

Our society is not militarized.

In fact, the civil-military divide has never been wider and it continues to grow. About 1% of the United States serves in the Armed Forces, including National Guard and Reserve units. Less than 10% of Americans have ever served. Millennials are disproportionately few among that group, meaning that as the country ages the ratio will shrink. …


There are generally two kinds of sail boats: those with keels, and those without. A keel keeps the boat upright in high wind and heavy seas, making keel-boats difficult to sink. In the other kind, called dinghies, the crew of the boat have to shift their positions to keep the boat balanced. The upside is that dinghies can sail incredibly fast in good conditions, but if the crew get the balance wrong or move too slowly, this happens:

A capsize is fixable, but it will cost you the race.

It’s been a wild week in politics, and many feel like our nation is not on an even keel. It’s bad enough…


It’s you.

How many reports can a great analyst read in a day? What if they miss something? Security professionals demand up to date, relevant information, but you have to read a report to determine if it’s important and there are thousands to read. It’s a classic catch-22.

Our Data Team, led by Sean Maday, has built neural networks that analyze more than 36,000 reports from 18,000 unique sources, every day. The machines scan for usefulness, severity, and location, and “cluster” duplicate reports to accelerate verification and reduce noise. …

Brendan Dorsey

Data scientist. Army veteran. Ardent believer in the human race. Views are my own.

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