Saturday, April 13, 2013
Absence of intelligence-3
The biggest case about relying absolutely on technology was the search for Osama Bin Laden (OBL). For ten years long, we have been searching for him with all the technology in the world (and also some human intelligence) and low and behold we got him through human intelligence. I don’t know how to give a more perfect example and superiority of human intelligence than this killing of OBL. No amount of technology was able to find OBL right in the middle of Pakistan and we were smart enough to use human intelligence to pinpoint his exact location. And now we are bemoaning the fact that we don’t know what is going on in North Korea and how they are acting since we don’t have enough information due to a shortage of human intelligence. See with all the technology we have, we still need humans to find out the ins and outs of what is really going on and then we can go all out with our technology. I don’t believe there can be hundred percent reliance on technology to fight our enemies. Although our intelligence agencies do hire people with language and other skills but we are still sorely short of people who are actually in those countries who can blend with the local population. Instead of just waiting for something to happen, we should ramp up our hiring of locals in these countries so that we are not caught sleeping when something happens and then we say that it came as a surprise. Human intelligence is the most important aspect that we should be emphasizing the most.