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10 February 2006

Community after next?

One of the first questions that usually arises when discussing competitive dynamics and radical changes within the intelligence community is along the lines of "what happens when, as you assert, competition destroys existing structures and organizations in the community? What comes next?"

The short answer is that your authors do not know for sure. We are analysts and officers, not prophets. However, we have some ideas. And many of those ideas are drawn from watching similar developments in other core information and knowledge industries. We spend a great deal of time with venture capitalists, technologists, and some of the oddities of truly competitive markets for information. Over time, we hope to share some of the perspectives we have gained, in the hopes that it will lead to evolution rather than the alternatives faced by many other failed information businesses, such as Western Union or the dying mass market Big Media.