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No Definitive Evidence

Although it offers no definitive evidence that senior Obama administration officials ordered the reports to be doctored, it describes analysts as feeling as though they were under pressure from Centcom leaders to present a more optimistic view of the threat posed by the Islamic State,...
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Winning The Bureaucracy Game

Winning The Bureaucracy Game
During a college job at an Air Force weapons lab in New Mexico, [Robert Mercer, co-CEO Renaissance Technologies] says, he found a life’s calling. “I loved everything about computers,” he said. “I Loved the solitude of the computer lab late at night. I loved the...
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Why Our Innovations Fail Us

Why Our Innovations Fail Us
Yet the media telling of the story makes it sound as if ideation—the creation of ideas—is 90% of the work of innovation. Ideation has produced many inventions that never became innovations because no one adopted them. Many people are misled by stories that inaccurately equate...
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How To Avoid Great Ideas That Go Awry

How To Avoid Great Ideas That Go Awry
Many of these thinkers were based in the United States. In 1968, Stanford University professor Paul R. Ehrlich published the best-selling book The Population Bomb, in which he warned that overpopulation would soon lead to mass starvation. By 1977, Robert McNamara — the former U.S....
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Too Much Money And Not Enough Time

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Although Pompeii is frozen in time, the workers are in a hurry — to spend money. In the next 11 weeks they have to burn through almost $100 million — about five times what they’ve spent in the past three years — or risk losing...
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Lessons Learned From The California Drought

Lessons Learned From the Caifornia Drought
California captures enough water each year to meet all its needs if it operates efficiently — a big if. … “There’s learning, information sharing, creativity, and discovery.” The drought is speeding up the process. “What causes change more than anything is crisis,” Thomas Howard, executive...
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Why Top Management Approval Is Not Enough

Why Top Management Approval Is Not Enough
“It’s naive to think that three presidents and three U.S. military services would have spent so many billions of dollars on a program that doesn’t work, “ [Loren Thompson, chief operating officer of the Lexington Institute who has worked as a consultant for Lockheed] said....
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Lessons Learned From Slow Economic Growth

Lessons Learned From Slow Economic Growth
The expansion’s modest pace has kept inflation down, allowing the Fed to hold its target for short-term interest rates near zero since 2008. Moderate growth also means that the U.S. has avoided debt-driven excesses that can bring an upswing to an abrupt halt, as happened...
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Top Down Or Bottom Up

Top Down Or Bottom Up
“In the industries these companies are in, you have entrenched companies that wake up every day trying to put them out of business,” Messina says. “The existing rules and regulations were not built for disruptive technology, and part of America’s success has been allowing disruptive...
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Lessons Learned From Seattle’s Tunneling Project

Lessons Learned From Seattle Tunneling Project
According to Oxford professor Bent Flyvbjerg, megaprojects in the past 70 years have consistently come in over budget while delivering less than half of their promised monetary benefit.  … His research on megaprojects has been cited by both backers and critics of the tunnel.  Nine...
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Lead, Follow Or Get Out Of The Way

Lead, Follow Or Get Out Of The Way
For advanced economies, innovation requires pushing on the frontiers of science and technology.  That can’t happen without heavy government funding for basic research … The Internet and the Global Positioning System (GPS) are only two of the crucial technologies that originated as projects of the...
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