Stray Voltage: War in the Information Age
(Naval Institute Press) by Wayne Michael Hall Detail information, December 2003
Enemies of America who have no hope of competing with conventional U.S. military forces, Wayne Michael Hall warns in the opening pages of this timely book, will instead seize upon the strategies, tactics, and tools of asymmetric warfare to win future conflicts. A retired brigadier general in the U.S. Army with thirty years of experience in intelligence, Hall has written the book primarily for the military community and civilians interested in or responsible for homeland security. He explains the notion of knowledge warfare as our adversaries’ principal asymmetric strategy and information operations as their tactic du jour, and then offers a wealth of ideas on how to deal aggressively with these threats in the twenty-first century.
Along with knowledge war and information operations, the book discusses deception, information superiority, and knowledge management. It also recommends ways for the country to prepare for knowledge war through merging the country’s brainpower and technology in Knowledge Advantage centers, developing a joint information-operations proving ground where leaders train their staffs in a cyber-world environment, and developing an internet replicator to prepare for conflict in cyberspace. The book is published in cooperation with the Association of the U.S. Army.
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Intelligence Analysis: How to Think in Complex Environments
(Praeger) by Wayne Michael Hall and Gary Citrenbaum Detail information, December 2009
Proposes substantive improvements in the way the U.S. national security system interprets intelligence, drawing on the groundbreaking work of theorists ranging from Carl von Clauswitz and Sun Tzu to M. Mitchell Waldrop, General David Petraeus, Richards Heuer, Jr., Orson Scott Card, and others. The new ideas presented here will help the nation to amass a formidable, cumulative intelligence power, with distinct advantages over any and all adversaries of the future regardless of the level of war or type of operational environment.
Intelligence Collection: How to Plan and Execute Intelligence Collection in Complex Environments
(Praeger Security) byWayne Michael Hall and Gary Citrenbaum Detail information, June 2012
Proposes substantive improvements in the way the U.S. national security system collects intelligence and supports intelligence analysis. The work draws on the groundbreaking work of a diverge group of theorists ranging from Carl von Clausewitz and Sun Tzu to M. Mitchell Waldrop, General David Petraeus, and Orson Scott Card, communicating a unifying theory and ontology of thought for how America’s intelligence collection professionals must learn to collect data as our country faces elusive, determined, and smart adversaries in nonlinear, dynamic environments. The new ideas presented will help the nation’s intelligence collection specialists to amass a formidable, cumulative intelligence power, regardless of the level of war or the type of operational environment.
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The Power of Will in International Conflict: How to Think Critically in Complex Environments (Praeger Security International) by Wayne Michael Hall Hardcover– September 30, 2018
This comprehensive work provides a treasure trove of ways to seek, find, and use the power of will to gain an advantage over one’s opponents in mental conflicts.
• Offers a 14-element model of will and 18 onsiderations for decision-makers
• Provides a detailed definition of will in the context of conflict
• Presents a system of thought for putting the theory of will into practice
• Builds a solid foundation of will based on theory, history, and philosophy
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“Finally, a formidable treatise on a subject of paramount importance too long overlooked! Albert Einstein proclaimed: ‘It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.’ Few, however, possess the genius and passion to achieve unparalleled expertise in a subject area and then turn that subject matter expertise into a compelling work that stirs our desire to learn and to imagine. Mike Hall is one of those few. The Power of Will in International Conflict is nothing short of a masterpiece that finds the master Jedi exhorting us through a prodigious journey of learning about the nature of conflict and competition and their epicenter, ‘will.’ I daresay not since Clausewitz has a learned theorist explained a conundrum with so much profundity. It remains to be seen who among us possesses the intellectual curiosity and determination to brave this arduous learning expedition. Should one of his acolytes develop an even more compelling thought model for understanding ‘will,’ surely the master Jedi’s ultimate goal will have been fulfilled.” (Paul Tiberi, Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired)
“The Power of Will in International Conflict is a natural successor to Gen Hall’s Advanced Analysis and Collection books. It is unique in that it fills a doctrinal and conflict discussion void and thus is a must read. As a fellow mentor in his Advanced Analysis courses I have seen Gen Hall wrestle with this idea for years. No one has studied or debated more on this long overdue idea central to all conflict―the struggle of ‘wills.’ All people readily acknowledge the importance of ‘will,’ therefore, it is time for someone to deeply think about the subject, develop ways to visualize and explain both new and timeless concepts, and provide ‘how to think’ ways and means to bring this great and powerful phenomenon to life and pragmatic use. Wayne Michael Hall has done so. As a final note, this book provides the intellectual pathway and deep dive sufficient to reach comprehension of the intricacies of ‘will.’ As such, I can say without equivocation―it delivers!” (David “Spock” Johnson, Col, USAF, Retired)
“Brigadier General Wayne Michael Hall presents a timely, accurate, and relevant analysis on the eternal concept of ‘will,’ and how it is inextricably linked to future war, deep thinking, and advanced intelligence analysis. This great work enables the reader to anticipate alternate realities, look inward at oneself, and identify the true center of gravity of one’s adversary. Thucydides’ Trap teaches us that on the historical record, war is more likely than not. Plato said, ‘Only the dead have seen the end of war.’ With these warnings as self-evident truths, thinking people cannot help but infer that the single most important duty of any nation state is to ensure its own survival. This duty dictates that great powers shall constantly press upon each other like tectonic plates in a constant effort to impose their will on one another. Thus, the United States must employ all elements of its national power from diplomatic to the credible potential use of force to impose its ‘will’ and deny another country’s attempts to impose its ‘will’ on the USA. This reality demands that the nation’s leaders study and carefully learn the intricacies of the concept of ‘will’ as it relates to the creation and sustainment of our national security strategy and national military strategy. The potential for us to get this wrong is great, and doing so might activate the law of unintended consequences. This reality commands all serious scholars of war to pay attention, read this book, understand its concepts, models, and explanations, debate it, and integrate its key tenants in doctrine and practice in order to be prepared for the known and unknown threats of the 21st century.” (Ken Robinson, Ranger and Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired)
“In a decade or so from now, I predict that this work will be a well-regarded classic. . . . The Power of Will in International Conflict should be in the library of anyone who thinks that they are in the business of bringing real-world solutions to real-world complex problems―be they in the business world, government, the military, academia or anywhere else where serious minds congregate to discuss hard issues.” (John W. Smith, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, Retired)
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