About Us

Who we are

  • We are a consulting company dedicated to providing creative solutions to intelligence issues in government and corporate domains.
  • We can provide direct consulting services or seminars for your people in the areas of intelligence analysis, intelligence collection, red teaming/devil’s advocate, critical thinking and “how-to-think” vs. “what-to-think.”
  • I can provide you with cutting edge thought in intelligence analysis and collection theory.
  • I can provide red teaming/devil’s advocate services to assist your planning process, papers or projects, theses or dissertations. These services help you to find weaknesses that can then be fixed before publication.
  • I can provide virtual mentorship to individuals to help with thinking about and planning for their personal as well as organizational lives.
  • I can assist you with organizational transformation.
  • I can assist you with creative thinking to present options and to solve difficult problems.

 

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Biography of HCS, Inc. President/CEO Wayne M. Hall

Brigadier General Wayne M. “Mike” Hall retired from the U.S. Army after 30 years of active military service.  Positions of responsibility while on active duty included J2 (intelligence officer), U.S. Forces Korea from 1996-1998; Commander, 501st Military Intelligence Brigade, U.S. Forces Korea from 1994-1996; Commander, 313th Military Intelligence Battalion, 82d Airborne Division from 1989-1991, experiencing Just Cause and Desert Shield and Desert Storm; and G2 (intelligence officer), 82d Airborne Division from 1987-1989.

Brigadier General Hall currently spends time with Joint, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps intelligence analysts, collection people, and operational planners teaching his advanced analysis seminar – a two-week learning experience in advanced intelligence analysis and operational planning. Over 1250 intelligence analysts and operational planners have successfully completed the seminar requirements. He is developing a program of learning for advanced collection to complement his advanced analysis program. Both learning programs involve improving individual and organizational ‘how to think’ capabilities for thinking about and operating in complexity-ridden and nonlinear operational contexts Americans and coalition partners will face now and in future conflict and other competitive interaction. In these intense one- and two-week learning programs, Brigadier General Hall helps people learn the system of thought that is advanced analysis and advanced collection. He has led 53 one- and two-week seminars, helping over 1000 analysts and collection people learn how to thing more relationally, creatively, and deeply over 7 years.

He also provides consulting services in creative thinking, red teaming, intelligence experimentation, future conflict, transformation, intelligence support to irregular and counterinsurgency warfare, intelligence analysis and collection, and coping with the increasing influence of information and knowledge in thinking, planning, and making decisions.

Brigadier General Hall has developed a unique system of thought for both advanced intelligence analysis and advanced intelligence collection that is relevant to an entire spectrum of conflict, law enforcement operations, homeland security, and competitive commercial activities. He created and, with other donors, sustains a scholarship for intelligence analysts and collection people to study intelligence at the collegiate level – to date, the scholarship has provided over $50,000 in scholarships and will award five more one-thousand dollar scholarships in 2015.

Brigadier General Hall holds a BS in history from the University of Nebraska; a MS from Kansas State University; a MMAS (Masters Military Art and Science) from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; and an EdD from George Washington University. He also attended the Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), and the National War College.

Brigadier General Hall has published three books – Stray Voltage War In The Information Age – in April 2003 and Intelligence Analysis How To Think In Complex Environments — in December 2009. Praeger Security International published his latest book on advanced collection, Intelligence Collection How To Plan and Execute Collection Operations In Complex Environments, in June 2012. Profits from the sales of his last two books support scholarships awarded annually to intelligence professionals through the Military Intelligence Corps Association (MICA).

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Resume

Click on the link for a full resume for our President/CEO Brigadier General Wayne M. Hall, US Army, Retired

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Philosophy  

Life is a journey in a sea of turbulence and change. It is an interesting journey – full of people, events, activities, and interactions in which people intersect, conjoin, collide, and sometimes careen off of each other or the contexts in which they live. One of the true joys of living is the realization that the minds our maker bestowed upon us are wondrous. The human mind sets us apart from animals and objects. The human mind involves thinking. Joy exists in thinking; however, finding such joy takes traveling, in a metaphorical sense, to the high country of our beings to engage in deep thinking about life and death, work and play, hate and love, philosophy and purposeless living, mysteries and solutions, creation and destruction, good and bad, and other couplings in the endless unity of opposites that comprise our lives. Thinking though must be much more than reductionism. Reductionist thought is often barren and devoid of reflection, lacks understanding of being conscious, lacks synthesis, and lacks creativity in its truest sense of meaning. It is through synthesis that the spark of intellect springs forth; it is through deep thinking that we can innovate and create. When we as human beings use our minds to create art or to create new ways of doing things or seeing the world, of understanding relationships, of causing combinations of things to come together and work as one, and of coalescing things into a new and better whole – this cognitive process is the essence of the mental capabilities we were born with. I hope that by engendering the collective power of the minds of multiple people and machines to work in a unified whole and to shape the future through the doctrine of holism (parts of a whole cannot be truly known and understood except in the coherent functioning and power of the whole itself), we will create optimal cognitive outcomes. Thought does matter; no machine or organization can accomplish what the human can do with his or her mind. Our minds though have to expand and improve constantly. It is through purposeful, challenging learning we learn ‘how to think’ better each day and allow our senses and minds to experience the world with an overwhelming sense of awe and gratitude. We cannot squander this magnificent gift for narrow, regimented, and fragmented approaches to our lives, the world, and seemingly intractable problems that face our country and the human race. Thus, we must learn how to think differently and better through the cognitive skill that is synthesis and the doctrine of holism. The wonderful part of this admonition is, while difficult, all people can learn to think better than today. Mental improvement has to be purposeful; it has to involve relationships between and among people, being honest, being open to new ideas, admitting that we do not know, asking questions, and being humble enough to seek to improve one’s thinking and to accept help from others in the task. Then, and only then, can human beings do what they should feel compelled to do to constantly optimize the greatness of the minds that we received at our inception and that connect with those spirits that preceded us and those spirits that will follow us.

Goya’s Sleep of Reason

This work by Goya fits well with my philosophy of thought.  I have a copy of it in my office where it reminds me daily of the power of rational thought combined with imagination.

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Goya wrote a caption for his print: “Imagination abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters; united with her, she is the mother of the arts and source of their wonders.” Goya believed that imagination should never be completely renounced in favor of the strictly rational.  (http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org)

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Footnotes

Come to the edge quote:  Guillaume Apollinaire

http://thinkexist.com   accessed 1/11/13

Sleep of Reason quote: Goya

 

accessed 1/11/13

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