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Target-Centric Approach to Intelligence[edit]

Hello again! Thank you for your advice! Someone suggested to me that I change the name of my article to Intelligence cycle (target-centric approach). So, I did that. I'm not sure that the protocol is for starting and leaving a wiki page. My advisor thinks this topic would be better suited under the intel. cycle heading.


Hello! I appreciate your assistance with this wikipedia page! I understand that it sounds like an advertisement, but I am doing my best to make it an unbiased report on this terminology. I have found little information about the term on the web so I am forced to rely largely on the book. I do not intend for it to be an advertisement, and I certainly have no benefit to sell this book! I am writing the article for an assignment, and am doing the best that I can with the given body of knowledge. Please do not delete it, as I will make changes as quickly as I am able to make it clearer. The difficulty is that we are taught about the benefits of using this methodology, and it is presented as having improvements on the older methodologies, so it is difficult to write about it without stating the method's strengths.

Sentence fragments in Soviet support for Iran during the Iran-Iraq war[edit]

Hi Howard,

A few odd sentences in the article, I won't try to fix them because I don't know what's missing:

  • "In 1981, a Defense Industries Organization of the Ministry of Defense."
  • "Motivations need to be understood in the context of the time of the Iran-Iraq War, between 1980 and 1988, in which the Soviet Union and the Cold War were still vary real. he revolution that overthrew him resented what they considered U.S. support of an unpopular ruler."

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Category:Intelligence gathering legislation[edit]

Hello, Hcberkowitz -- I see you haven't edited for nearly 3 weeks, so I hope you see this note in time to respond if you're so inclined. As a knowledgeable editor in this area, I'm hoping you will take an interest in the CFD discussion for renaming of Category:Intelligence gathering legislation. For some reason it hasn't attracted very much input aside from my own fairly substantial comments. I hope it doesn't wind up as a "no concensus" close due to lack of input. It's already been relisted for further discussion, and would, I think, really benefit from your input. Regards, Cgingold (talk) 11:26, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for your reply, Howard -- I understand your frustrations. It occurs to me that, with your emphasis on adding content to articles, you may not have worked very much on the category system and may never have taken part in a WP:CFD discussion. If that's the case, you might want to check out this particular CFD, as I think your knowledge of the subject area could prove useful in sorting out how these intel-related categories are best organized -- which is rather different from working on content issues. Regards, Cgingold (talk) 18:05, 29 June 2008 (UTC)
Perhaps you have an insight that I don't, but even within the questionable categories, over a period of months, it was possible to restructure the CIA article from a 300K+ monstrosity of a main article, to a rational, multilevel hierarchy. Unfortunately, one energetic individual, who tended to act without consensus, took a geographic sub-hierarchy, which was patterned after the actual CIA geographic divisions and transborder approaches, and took over 100 countries and made separate CIA activities articles for each. While there was a need to go down a level for selected countries with extensive coverage, this sweeping change both lost the very real issues of how CIA works on regions, and made the individual country entries unmaintainable for transborder matters. At that point, I gave up on even trying to track geographic activity.
With all the categories in the world, there are a large number of people that simply do not understand the idea of hypertext, and want their pet issue on the main page. In the last few days, for example, an anonymous IP announced, on the main article talk page, that the CIA had put Nelson Mandela in jail, and should this not be in the main article? Incidentally, I had some background on South African security of that time, and the idea that an outside nation could make them do anything they didn't want to do is ludicrous. Apparently, this anon either wasn't aware of South African indifference to embargoes, or didn't understand them.
I refrained from comment there, although I'm perfectly willing to discuss things with thoughtful people such as yourself. In general, I stopped responding to anons, simply due to the lack of continuity. In this case, I recognized that I had an overwhelming urge to respond on the lines of "if you sourced that in any way, doofus, it might be good material for the CIA Activities in South Africa" article.
This Mandela comment is illustrative. There's already a structure in place, although without categories. Individuals like this, however, don't want to work within a structure, or quite possibly even to become aware of it. Given that experience, I don't know how categories would help.
Incidentally, you might find some interesting legislative data in Intelligence cycle management and elsewhere -- I don't always agree with Paul Pillar, but he has some interesting suggestions. There's also some mention, IIRC in the main signals intelligence article, about some very good oversight work done, years ago, by the Senate Intelligence Committee in getting independent, cleared experts to investigate if NSA put a "back door" into the Data Encryption System. Now, however, the Administration is preventing any really specific disclosure of the warrantless surveillance details, at least to committee professional staff or consultants qualified to judge the rationale. Unfortunately, the Congress has not shown much backbone on insisting on such accessHoward C. Berkowitz (talk) 18:42, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

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SIOP section removal[edit]

Unless you have any strong arguments against this, I'm going to remove the "Effects" section of the SIOP article that you added some time ago. This would be appropriate for an article on the effects of nuclear weapons, but is entirely off-topic where it is. Maury (talk) 14:48, 26 July 2008 (UTC)

To start with, I did start this discussion on the talk page. but no one responded. Given that you wrote the text, I considered it to be a courtesy to post on your talk page, as it is entirely too easy to simple miss new posts to article talk pages.
And while it is true that any discussion while setting nuclear policy requires a discussion of nuclear effects, the text in the article is far too detailed, and isn't even referred to in the other sections. Those sections include their own discussions, which are more on-topic. It's like arguing that there should be a discussion of neutron economy in the article, or X-ray pre-filling in the holraum. These topics are simply not germane to a discussion of strategy, and can be replaced by a single wikilink. If people really want to know about over-pressure range curves while reading about the schlesinger doctrine, which doesn't mention it once, it's one click away.
Maury (talk) 12:27, 27 July 2008 (UTC)
I disagree, but since I'm not maintaining and updating the article here, including tying in some of those details, do as you will. If you come up with something better, fine. From my standpoint, the Wikipedia-style content disputes, with no one in a role to mediate or arbitrate from knowledge, are just not worth it to me. I may reorganize effects at CZ, but am unlikely to do it here.Howard C. Berkowitz (talk) 01:42, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

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hey[edit]

For a hierarchical list of articles, at higher see the intelligence cycle management hierarchy. 

the "at higher" part doesn't make sense to me. (from masint page) any help? 69.242.82.130 (talk) 14:38, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

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Category:Documentaries alleging war crimes[edit]

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Request for involvement[edit]

According to the history of the Iran-Iraq War article, you are a significant contributor to it. Therefore, I was wondering if you would like to get involved in a discussion I have started concerning a proposal to trim some sections, and move some text back into the article. The discussion can be found here: [1]. Thank you very much if you do get involved. Cheers for reading. Terrakyte (talk) 22:34, 10 January 2009 (UTC)

US Intelligence Community A-Space[edit]

Hello,

I'm translating in Italian this article (too). I'm guessing if the page should be better updated.

I can't understand if A-Space is working at the moment.

Thank you in advance for your precious help.

See you, --Filippof (talk) 10:41, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

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Hue chemical attacks[edit]

We have identified the possible agents. However, according to the source the French used phosgene in some of their WWI tear grenades(white cross ammunition). That doesn't make sense. Phosgene oxime would make sense. Can you check this issue please. Thanks a lot. Wandalstouring (talk) 11:18, 6 March 2009 (UTC)


CIA[edit]

Hi Howard,

I know you are retired, and I am fairly certain you miss the CIA and IC work much less than the Military History Project, I would very much welcome any comments you have before FAN. I have particularly asked for help with "content balance" decisions about whether each section is given due wait in comparison to other sections, as I discuss in more detail on the talk page. I know this could open up a can of worms, but I'm hoping the caveats I've laid will help keep it under control.

Anyway, your thoughts would be much appreciated, even if you don't want to actually work on it yourself.

Cheers,

Morethan3words (talk) 21:36, 31 March 2009 (UTC)

Looking ofr input[edit]

Howard, I was looking ot get some input from editors that were involved in the Covert U.S. regime change actions article before I made some significant changes. If you have any input please let me know on the article's talk page. TomPointTwo (talk) 07:27, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

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MILHIST Military Aviation Questionaire[edit]

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References[edit]

Typically we uses review articles or major textbooks from the last 5 years per WP:MEDRS. Making references to TV programs within the main part of articles is not something we typically do as it is sort of trivia. Cheers Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 02:48, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

We also do not give doses for medicines as a rule. --Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 05:12, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

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Your edit to Crush syndrome[edit]

Hi,

Your edit to the Crush syndrome page appears to be incomplete. The last sentence in the intro paragraph ends with "permissive hypotension is the standard of field". This at least sounds like there's more to the sentence :) For a moment I thought there had been vandalism that deleted part of the intro.

Could you please complete it, or remove the truncated phrase? Thanks, 2001:470:1F04:A58:0:0:0:2 (talk) 05:28, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

Military history coordinator election[edit]

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The Wikipedia Library now offering accounts from Cochrane Collaboration (sign up!)[edit]

The Wikipedia Library gets Wikipedia editors free access to reliable sources that are behind paywalls. Because you are signed on as a medical editor, I thought you'd want to know about our most recent donation from Cochrane Collaboration.

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The Pulse (WP:MED newsletter) June 2014[edit]

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BMJ offering 25 free accounts to Wikipedia medical editors[edit]

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Medical Translation Newsletter[edit]


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Medical Translation Newsletter
Issue 1, June/July 2014
by CFCF, Doc James

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This is the first of a series of newsletters for Wikiproject Medicine's Translation Task Force. Our goal is to make all the medical knowledge on Wikipedia available to the world, in the language of your choice.

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Spotlight - Simplified article translation


Wikiproject Medicine started translating simplified articles in February 2014. We now have 45 simplified articles ready for translation, of which the first on African trypanosomiasis or sleeping sickness has been translated into 46 out of ~100 languages. This list does not include the 33 additional articles that are available in both full and simple versions.

Our goal is to eventually translate 1,000 simplified articles. This includes:

We are looking for subject area leads to both create articles and recruit further editors. We need people with basic medical knowledge who are willing to help out. This includes to write, translate and especially integrate medical articles.

What's happening?


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CFCF - "IEG beneficiary" and editor of this newsletter.

I've (CFCF) taken on the role of community organizer for this project, and will be working with this until December. The goals and timeline can be found here, and are focused on getting the project on a firm footing and to enable me to work near full-time over the summer, and part-time during the rest of the year. This means I will be available for questions and ideas, and you can best reach me by mail or on my talk page.

Wikimania 2014

For those going to London in a month's time (or those already nearby) there will be at least one event for all medical editors, on Thursday August 7th. See the event page, which also summarizes medicine-related presentations in the main conference. Please pass the word on to your local medical editors.

Integration progress

There has previously been some resistance against translation into certain languages with strong Wikipedia presence, such as Dutch, Polish, and Swedish.
What was found is that thre is hardly any negative opinion about the the project itself; and any such critique has focused on the ways that articles have being integrated. For an article to be usefully translated into a target-Wiki it needs to be properly Wiki-linked, carry proper citations and use the formatting of the chosen target language as well as being properly proof-read. Certain large Wikis such as the Polish and Dutch Wikis have strong traditions of medical content, with their own editorial system, own templates and different ideas about what constitutes a good medical article. For example, there are not MEDRS (Polish,German,Romanian,Persian) guidelines present on other Wikis, and some Wikis have a stronger background of country-specific content.

  • Swedish
    Translation into Swedish has been difficult in part because of the amount of free, high quality sources out there already: patient info, for professionals. The same can be said for English, but has really given us all the more reason to try and create an unbiased and free encyclopedia of medical content. We want Wikipedia to act as an alternative to commercial sources, and preferably a really good one at that.
    Through extensive collaborative work and by respecting links and Sweden specific content the last unintegrated Swedish translation went live in May.
  • Dutch
    Dutch translation carries with it special difficulties, in part due to the premises in which the Dutch Wikipedia is built upon. There is great respect for what previous editors have created, and deleting or replacing old content can be frowned upon. In spite of this there are success stories: Anafylaxie.
  • Polish
    Translation and integration into Polish also comes with its own unique set of challenges. The Polish Wikipedia has long been independent and works very hard to create high quality contentfor Polish audience. Previous translation trouble has lead to use of unique templates with unique formatting, not least among citations. Add to this that the Polish Wikipedia does not allow template redirects and a large body of work is required for each article.
    (This is somewhat alleviated by a commissioned Template bot - to be released). - List of articles for integration
  • Arabic
    The Arabic Wikipedia community has been informed of the efforts to integrate content through both the general talk-page as well as through one of the major Arabic Wikipedia facebook-groups: مجتمع ويكيبيديا العربي, something that has been heralded with great enthusiasm.
Integration guides

Integration is the next step after any translation. Despite this it is by no means trivial, and it comes with its own hardships and challenges. Previously each new integrator has needed to dive into the fray with little help from previous integrations. Therefore we are creating guides for specific Wikis that make integration simple and straightforward, with guides for specific languages, and for integrating on small Wikis.

Instructions on how to integrate an article may be found here [4]

News in short


To come
  • Medical editor census - Medical editors on different Wikis have been without proper means of communication. A preliminary list of projects is available here.
  • Proofreading drives

Further reading



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WikiProject Military history coordinator election[edit]

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Proposed deletion of CIA activities in Australia and the Pacific[edit]

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Speedy deletion nomination of CIA activities in Australia and the Pacific[edit]

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WikiProject Military history coordinator election[edit]

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ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

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Contests[edit]

User:Dr. Blofeld has created Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/Contests. The idea is to run a series of contests/editathons focusing on each region of Africa. He has spoken to Wikimedia about it and $1000-1500 is possible for prize money. As someone who has previously expressed interest in African topics, would you be interested in contributing to one or assisting draw up core article/missing article lists? He says he's thinking of North Africa for an inaugural one in October. If interested please sign up in the participants section of the Contest page, thanks.♦ --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 01:23, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

Invite to the African Destubathon[edit]

Hi. You may be interested in participating in the African Destubathon which starts on October 15. Africa currently has over 37,000 stubs and badly needs a quality improvement editathon/contest to flesh out basic stubs. There are proposed substantial prizes to give to editors who do the most geography, wildlife and women articles, and planned smaller prizes for doing to most destubs for each of the 53 African countries, so should be enjoyable! Even if contests aren't your thing we would be grateful if you could consider destubbing a few African articles during the drive to help the cause and help reduce the massive 37,000 + stub count, of which many are rated high importance (think Regions of countries etc). If you're interested in competing or just loosely contributing, whether it's a river in Malawi, a Nigerian footballer, or a South African civil rights activist, please add your name to the Contestants/participants section. Diversity of work from a lot of people will make this that bit more special. For those of you who signed up to the North African contest, that will hopefully be held in the new year. Thanks. --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:11, 6 October 2016 (UTC)