Every citizen a missile: The need for an emergent systems approach by law enforcement

Kevin C. Desouza, Tobin Hensgen

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The American psych is complex and is as mystifying to members of other nations as are the notions of martyrdom and murder for a cause alien to most US citizens. There is an irony in the fact that billions were spent on our intelligence infrastructure during the Cold War to assist in the bellicose posturing between the two Super Powers who, while capable, never intended to obliterate civilization while comparatively few resources are dedicated to the more complicated current intelligence requirements and a more genuine threat associated with events surrounding September 11th. This disparity is not for lack of resources; rather it is grounded in self-serving, synthetic priorities that exist among law enforcement agencies or between those agencies and the justice department. These conditions serve to effectively limit any ability to gather and share information related to the national interest. The purpose of this project is to address a unique approach to the concept of intelligence gathering and sharing intended to protect our nation from terrorism and associated transnational crime. We intend to outline, in general, nonclassified terms, how different components of law enforcement's intelligence sector operate, how the infrastructure is connected, and problems associated with information flow as a result of this coupling and/or degrees of cohesiveness. Constructively, we explore and provide preemptive methods, models, and measures intended to strengthen vulnerability inherent in current systems. Our process involves the science and literature of complexity, cybernetics, semiotics and signal theory, information theory, international cooperation, mathematics, and statistics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-280
Number of pages22
JournalGovernment Information Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Complexity
  • Coupling and cohesion
  • Entropy
  • Information systems
  • Interdependency
  • Regression modeling
  • Semiotics
  • Synthetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Law


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