Out to Maximize the Internet’s Vast Space

first_img Mr. Austin Branch, Senior Director, Information Operations: Operating in the information environment no matter what is a critical component of how our Defense Department has to consider operating in the future, the digital age, the ubiquity of information…we have no choice but to be able to compete in this space. Because our adversaries and others are challenging us all the time, so we can’t ignore it. So we have to have the capability to be able to operate in this space and have the capabilities to be effective. The hard part, the challenge is how do you show real value in an enterprise that doesn’t immediately provide opportunities to show direct impact? It takes a lot of time of persistent, sustained engagement to show any kind of measure in change of anything it is we’re trying to shake our strategic objectives on, and particularly for any theater command. Interview with Austin Branch, Senior Director for Information Operations, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy), Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict That’s what they have to go back as champions of, and walk away knowing that they’ve got a better network of partners who have similar interests. So when they leave here, they’ll know they have friends not only in the United States, but in Guatemala, in Peru, in Panama. They’ll know who the other people are that have shared challenges. DIÁLOGO: How do you see Information Operations (IO) moving forward in the future? DIÁLOGO: What is the biggest lesson you’d like the partner nations attending the IO SMEE to take back with them regarding IO? DIÁLOGO: What can the U.S. learn from its counterparts regarding IO? Mr. Branch: For operating in the information environment, it’s not just IO. IO is a military term, more importantly all of our colleagues, and all of our friends, and our international partners, they may not have the same idea of what IO is, so I want to set that aside. I want to make sure people are talking about our ability to effectively operate in a complex information environment. So why is that important for our friends and our partners? Because we, the United States, do not have the monopoly on the information space, –in fact, we’re probably one of the most challenged countries in the information space domain¬¬–, because we’re so vulnerable, but at the same time, we need to collaborate with our partners, it’s an all-in proposition. (US + partners)They have as much equity and as much stake as we do in being effective, because it’s a global common, and so we have to be able to do that. They have a stake in this as well. Our ability to make sure that we have some comparable capabilities and understanding is absolutely essential to ensuring security and stability in the various regions where we have common objectives. It’s as simple as that. Mr. Branch: Well, it’s not just an IO mission; it’s a whole mission of engagement. And this exchange of information, transparency, having a general understanding, a common understanding of how we think; this information environment is challenging us, and how might we address it in a common way? It’s not about us empowering them; it’s a mutual empowerment of capabilities. There are a lot of ideas, there’s a lot of development, there’s a lot of experience in our partners that they can share with us, so it’s as rich of an engagement for us, as it might be for them. I am always looking to learn as I go into these types of engagements with our partners in Central and South America, because this information space levels the playing field and we do not have the strategic advantage. We’re all the same. Mr. Austin Branch: Operating in the information environment is very complex and because it’s so difficult to measure in the short term, they have to go back to their own headquarters and be advocates for this. Say, “Listen, no matter what we do, we have to invest in technologies, in methods, in applications; we have to partner with not just the U.S., but others, so we can learn how to operate in this space. This is the information age. We built tanks in the industrial age, we’re building capabilities to operate in the information environment, via the web or other tools like social media, all of that in the electromagnetic environment, the Internet, all those things play huge roles, so how do we ensure that we do it in the most effective and appropriate way? In mid-April, the Information Operations (IO) divisions from U.S. Southern Command and U.S. Northern Command co-hosted an IO Subject Matter Expert Exchange, bringing together military representatives from ten countries from within the Americas to discuss lessons learned, best practices, and the ways ahead on this domain. Austin Branch, Senior Information Operations Director at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy) came to Miami to take part of the exchange and urge participants to really work together and convert plans into actions. Mr. Branch also took some time to talk to Diálogo one-to-one on this topic. Mr. Branch: A lot. Well one of the things we really do poorly is we don’t really understand the audiences we wish to engage and shape. We often mirror image, we often presume, and so our colleagues and friends can share with us and get a better understanding of the elements of influence, the elements, the challenge, the interests, attitudes, and behaviors. We often get this wrong, so we can really benefit from their perspectives, from their experiences. It’s more important that we listen rather than talk. We have to go in hat in hand. DIÁLOGO: What is the importance of collaborating with partner nations for IO? They’ve got to go back as champions of that because there’s a general sense from folks that it’s too complex. People just push back and don’t want to get involved because it’s so difficult to understand. They think it’s just dealing with the Internet or just dealing with the media, but it’s more than that, it’s a whole complex layer of things, and you need professionals who understand how to bring those things together to combine hard science: the electronics, the bits, bytes, trons… with the soft science: the behavior, the cognitive piece, because there are people on the other end of those computers. What is it that they think, what do they know? By Dialogo May 01, 2013 DIÁLOGO: What is the value of this exchange for the United States’ IO mission in Latin America? last_img read more


IAC considers Vimeo spinoff after achieving $2.75 billion valuation

first_imgCorrection: The headline on this story was updated with the correct valuation for Vimeo.Subscribe to CNBC PRO for access to the livestream of CNBC’s continuous election and business news coverage. IAC-owned Vimeo raised $150 million in equity from Thrive Capital and GIC, valuing the video company at $2.75 billion, IAC announced on Thursday.IAC is also considering a spinoff of its ownership stake in Vimeo, which has seen a boost in demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A decision is still in the early stages, and it’s unclear what the terms of the spinoff would look like, IAC CEO Joey Levin said in a letter to shareholders Thursday.“Given Vimeo’s success, and investor adulation for the Software-as-a-Service category generally, we expect Vimeo’s access to capital inside of IAC will be much more expensive than access to capital outside of IAC, and that capital will be helpful to enable Vimeo to achieve its highest ambitions,” Levin said.- Advertisement – Anjali Sud, CEO of VimeoNurPhoto | NurPhoto | Getty Images If the companies separated, it would make Vimeo the 11th public company to spin out from IAC. The company last agreed to spinoff all of its shares of online dating company Match Group.“We’ve always said we’re the anti-conglomerate, and we optimize for whatever allows our businesses to achieve their best chance of operating success,” Levin said.IAC reported in its third quarter earnings Thursday that Vimeo grew overall revenue 44% year over year to $75.1 million, while its subscribers grew 21% to 1.46 million. The company’s operating loss decreased from $11.2 million to $3.3 million, while Adjusted EBITDA grew to $3.4 million compared to a loss of $8 million in Q3 2019.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more


Wimbledon 2017: Pencil me in for final next year, says defeated Sam Querrey

first_imgDefeated Wimbledon semi-finalist Sam Querrey said his tournament run had convinced him he could beat the world’s best players, and next year he planned to go one better and make the final.Querrey was beaten by Croatian Marin Cilic on Friday after a Wimbledon adventure that has seen him play a string of five-set matches, vanquish world number one Andy Murray and become the first American man to reach a grand slam singles semi-final since 2009.”It’s been a fun run,” the 29-year-old who hails from California said in typically understated fashion.”It’s given me some confidence … I feel like I’ve really had some ups over the last year, and hopefully there are more of those to come,” he added. “I feel if I play well, my level is at a high enough point where I can beat those top guys.”Asked how he might fare at Wimbledon next year, he said: “Pencil me in for a final, and hopefully that will happen.”Cilic had beaten Querrey in their previous four matches, but the American said his opponent had played better than ever before in the semi-final.”I kind of felt like he pushed me around a little bit today,” he said. “He just does everything really well, he did seem to play at a really high level.”Cilic will face the winner of the match between seven-times champion Roger Federer and Czech Tomas Berdych in Sunday’s final, and Querrey said the Croat would a handful for anyone.”If he plays well and plays big, he can give anyone trouble. If he plays Roger, Roger’s the favourite in that one obviously. But Marin can give him some trouble.”advertisementlast_img read more


David Warner, banned from captaining Australia, named skipper in Canada

first_imgDavid Warner’s return to cricket is going on the right track following his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in March.He made a comeback on the field in club cricket before travelling to Canada for a T20 league.Warner is serving a one-year ban from international and domestic cricket handed by Cricket Australia following the shocking incident in South Africa earlier this year.He, along with skipper Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft, was slapped with a substantial ban by the home cricket board.Warner was signed up by Winnipeg Hawks for the Global T20 Canada and he has now been elevated to lead the side after captain Dwayne Bravo was sidelined for the rest of the tournament due to an injury. Smith is also playing in the same tournament for Toronto Nationals.”I’m sure he’s going to be a good leader when it comes to captaincy,” Winnipeg Hawks coach Waqar Younis told News Corp.”(Warner) is a leader. He’s a team man. I’ve seen him in IPL and I’ve seen him as a leader. He’s up there, he’s upfront and he likes to give whatever his knowledge is, he’s always there,” he added.Warner led Sunrisers Hyderabad to Indian Premier League glory in 2016 and also has an overwhelming win-loss record as Australia skipper in the limited-overs formats. He has lost just one out 12 games (3 ODIs and 9 T20Is) as Australia captain.He was made Australia’s T20I captain earlier this year but following his involvement in the ball-tampering saga, “Warner will not be considered for team leadership positions in the future,” according to Cricket Australia.advertisementWarner had emerged as the chief conspirator in hatching a plan to artificially alter the condition of the ball during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town in March.Warner and Smith were handed one-year bans while Bancroft was suspended for 9 months.The two Aussie stars were also barred from playing in the IPL 2018. Smith was named captain of Rajasthan Royals while Warner was to lead SRH but were eventually barred from the 2018 season.While Smith has managed to score a fifty in three matches for Toronto Nationals so far, Warner is yet to make a mark as he has struggled with scores of 1,4,1 from his three outings for the Hawks.last_img read more