I'm reading a periodical called Federal Computer Week, (July 30 2007), which has the cover story "IED's: Hidden Killers" and a picture of a large artillery shell with a cellphone wired in where the fuse goes. Ok... That's all well and good but it has this sidebar that has the usual quotes etc. with the headline:- The text reads as follows:- What I see here is someone that has sold the DoD a new catchphrase, "Information Superiority", at a time when they are grasping for straws. Quite rightly attention must be paid to information/data acquisition and collation in a conflict against an information reliant enemy but to try to apply such principles to the insurgent foot soldier is a grave misdirection of resources. Yes, the insurgent on the ground may use "throwaway" cell phones to detonate his IEDs but he doesn't appear digitally, (and probably not on paper), in any ORBAT anywhere nor does he use computers on any scale and for any purpose sufficient to warrant addressing information "explicitly". Thus, trying to determine "who" he is is a simple waste of time - and therefore in Defense circles a waste of a colossal amount of money. One might be able to gain "information superiority" in the upper echelons of the insurgency, (those who plan and direct but are not usually found dirtying their hands), but to think that Mohammed Jihad who moves the assets around etc. can be defeated with a bunch of high priced laptops and an even higher priced software package is proof that the powers that be like the idea of high tech but have got so high in the rank system they have forgotten what their enemy looks like. Discuss.