Insights

Green on Blue

On the 20th of January an Afghan soldier mentored by French troops attacked and killed 4 of his mentors, resulting in President Sarkozy announcing immediate suspension of French mentoring activities in Afghanistan and potentially prejudicing French involvement in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission. This is not the first instance by some way of…

Historical WTI – Non-electrical buried IEDs

This history of looking at IEDs and IED incidents for technical intelligence is interesting and goes back quite a way – certainly as far as the late 1500’s when Elizabethan spy master Francis Walsingham engaged Giambelli, the IED maker who made the Hellburner hoop – (Walsingham calls him “Jenibell” but there is no doubting it…

Real-life ‘Minority Report’ stops crime before it happens

So claims the Independent. Two amazing quotes: Captain Sean Malinowski of the LAPD: “Making arrests is still important. It keeps officers motivated… But arresting people also takes up a huge amount of time… So if we can reduce crime without doing that, so much the better” “Civil libertarians are concerned it might lead to life…

It’s official: Barack is bigger than Jesus (and what’s more, he’s got a direct-line)

A while back the Economist magazine website started showing these funny little bubble pictures on the right-hand-side of the page. The idea is that they’re a graphical representation of the subjects which are most commented on by Economist readers. Cool idea isn’t it?  Except it doesn’t work very well. Apparantly the words most used by…

Data Mountains

Staying with the theme of representing data. This is an utterly morbid dataset, but an important one: What trends can be seen in coalition forces’ fatality rates in Afghanistan since 2001? I’ve taken the data from the i-casualties.org site  and put it into a 3-D surface chart in Excel, below:          …

World-View

Tags: Data, Statistics, Visual Representation When was the last time you spent more than a few seconds looking at an advert in a newspaper or magazine? Probably not recently, unless you’ve seen the Merlin advert below… (Click on the image to enlarge) One of the problems that analysts will always have is making their data…