The Irritating, Intrusive Irregulars

An oldie but goodie that I missed the first time around.  Almost two years old and the only thing that has changed is that there are more Irregulars now.

What the intel agencies don’t like to admit is that there is a major shortage of Arabic speaking analysts with major Internet skills. The irregulars fill this gap. Why don’t the intel agencies hire these irregulars? In a few cases, this has happened. But most frequently the irregulars prefer to remain irregulars. Some could not tolerate the “top secret” atmosphere of an intel agency. Some could not pass the entry tests (for personality, security, or whatever reasons), and others already have careers they are happy with, and prefer to leave the sleuthing as a part time activity.

What the .gov/.mil Strategic Communications/Public Affairs/Perception Management apparat doesn’t like to admit two years later is that they fear the “Loyal Opposition’s” punishment for defending the minds of the American voter from efforts to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and behavior more than they value any rewards or tokens of appreciation likely to be bestowed upon them in the next ten months.

 

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2 responses to “The Irritating, Intrusive Irregulars

  1. suek

    My husband studied arabic for a year at DLI, and served a year in Saudi in the late sixties. He isn’t really linguistically inclined, so after 30 years, when they called him at the beginning of the Iraq conflict in order to get an idea of his capability (read: can we still use this guy?), their conclusion was no. Ok…so in some ways, I’m just as glad. But…it would sure take a whole lot less time to get him up to speed than someone just starting. Arabic is _not_ an easy language to grasp. I think they messed up. No, at his age, he wouldn’t be much use over there, but with 3-6 months of brushing up, I suspect he’d be of use. Lots of intel could be done without leaving home.
    Could I get him involved with something like this? Maybe – if we’d sell our business. He doesn’t multitask very well. He focuses. When we retire – again – maybe. I have no doubt the problem will still be around.

  2. Arabic is as difficult for English-speakers to learn as Mandarin Chinese. One of my sons went to DLI.