Aug 262011
 

The first rule of intelligence is always to ask “So what?”. This great piece of information has landed on my desk… but so what? What does this information mean? What does it tell me? Why is it relevant to the current problem?

When I recently stumbled across a piece of investigative journalism by The Washington Post titled ‘Top Secret America‘ I was left thinking exactly this… So What?

To tell you the truth, at first I was intrigued, a two year long investigation by a dozen journalists into the massive expansion of US Top Secret security infrastructure since 9/11, who wouldn’t be? I mean spies n shit, always very cool. The website looks great, interactive databases and snazzy videos. But what is it really? I mean So What?

The Washington Post has compiled a mass of unclassified information about Top Secret organizations and made some pretty base-level deductions. The key theme; the number of Top Secret organizations has dramatically increased since 9/11.

No shit hey. A team of terrorists drive a couple of jets into a structure that represents everything American and kills nearly 3000 people and the US government pours a massive load of money into intelligence capabilities. Seems a fair enough response to me. But I digress.

Top Secret America argues that all this new capability lacks a single controlling master, resulting in significant overlap and wasted capability. Then it tries to draw a link from this wastage to intelligence failings, citing the failure to identify the bomb on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 bound for Detroit as evidence.

On one hand it criticizes, and then it apologizes for the inability to provide in-depth analysis due to the Top Secret nature of the organizations, adding that some officials argue that the overlap in jurisdiction and capability is a result of differing intelligence needs. If this sounds a bit confusing and lacking in substance, it is. Top Secret America isn’t much more than pretty databases full of readily available information.

I have to admit I didn’t get much out of this investigation, it lacked any sort of ‘So What’. It is plainly obvious to me that the US security infrastructure is huge. And of course there is some inevitable wastage and overlap. These are the challenges inherent to any large-scale organization. Apart from the lack of investigation and analysis, what pissed me off is that Top Secret America doesn’t acknowledge the many successes the US counter-terrorism machine has achieved.

Success in the intelligence world is not a public affair. Yes wins like the Bin Laden raid are made public, but many, many others are not. The Washington post does not have Top Secret clearance, and there are numerous incidents of which the public remain blissfully unaware.

While the intelligence effort is widespread across thousands of agencies, it can also be highly focused. The Bin Laden raid is a good example of what can be achieved when the US allows a small highly specialized team access to the resources of its 4000 odd CT intelligence entities.

This is exactly how PRIMAL operates; a small team of highly trained specialists covertly accessing intelligence feeds from the world’s top agencies. Want to know more? Then check out PRIMAL Origin for an intro to the team. For more detailed insight you’re going to have to wait for the full length novel PRIMAL Unleashed – due out in Nov 2011.

Till next I blog,

Jack

Jul 072011
 

So in all seriousness WTF is going on in Libya? Is the Western world serious about removing Gaddafi from power or are they going to continue to sit on the fence until one side kills the other? If that’s the case then I think we’re in for some sore butts.

The French recently admitted to supplying weapons to the rebels. A bold move but also one that might come back to haunt them. I mean who are these guys? And what’s to say they won’t sell these arms to some other fanatical group later on? More to the point, if the whole aim of your operation is to protect civilians then why the hell would you give them guns? I’ve seen video of these guys trying to attack Gaddafi’s troops and the professional soldier in me cringed. They’re more dangerous to themselves than anyone else.

In my humble opinion, as an author and a keen follower of world events, this whole thing looks like a total shit fight caused by a complete lack of will power, on behalf of world leaders, to make a decision and follow it through. I mean seriously, if you want to stop civilians getting killed then pick a side and back them to the hilt. This fence sitting crap is just delaying the conflict, spreading turmoil and getting more and more people killed.

It’s not just soldier’s bullets that kill civilians in conflict. The destruction of vital infrastructure denies them the services they need to live. Services such as clean water, electricity, medical support and waste disposal. Prolonging a conflict is prolonging pain, suffering and unnecessary loss of life.

So what’s the solution? Arm the rebels, assassinate Gaddafi, send in troops, bomb Tripoli into submission, blockade Gaddafi loyalists, or a combination of the above? One thing is for sure; harsh words are not going to achieve much. No, if the West is serious about saving lives the time for action is now! Send in a well equipped, flexible force that understands unconventional warfare. Hang on, haven’t most nations learnt lessons from Afghan and Iraq?

Maybe it’s time for NATO to step up and step out on its own. I’m sure a NATO heavy Brigade could easily sweep into Tripoli and remove Gaddafi.

I mean we can’t count on a fictitious team like PRIMAL to roll into Tripoli and blackmail Gaddafi into abdicating, can we?

Just some of my thoughts,

J Silkstone

 

Jun 202011
 

So who are PRIMAL? They’re a bad ass team of technology enabled gunslingers waging a war against evil bastards across the globe. The key to PRIMAL is their complete lack of fear. No target is too big, too untouchable or too powerful for PRIMAL. They’re a gunned up, geared up, completely ruthless version of the A-Team. Less the complete lack of realism. These guys have no master and are not about to shirk a good old fashioned interrogation session to protect the innocent.

Burn a village, pollute a rainforest, spread fear and pain. These are all good ways to get the attention of a team of operatives that make the Israeli Mossad look like pizza delivery boys.

So how the hell did PRIMAL come into existence? The first novelette, PRIMAL Origin, gives you a heads up on how the team came together. The concept however was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan where I had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s finest Special Forces. UK SBS, US Green Berets, SEALs, Delta as well as Canadian JTF2 and Australian SAS and Commandos. Immersed in a world of targeting Taliban Commanders and other High Value Targets I constantly found myself imagining what these guys could achieve without the caveats of Government control. If they could wage unconstrained warfare against the world’s worst. So as I interacted with these amazing warriors I started to build a concept, a concept that would evolve into PRIMAL.

I won’t lie, I’m just like every other guy on the planet. I love action movies, first person shooters, fast cars, technology, guns, cool kit and of course beautiful women. I grew up with Dirk Pitt, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, Doom, Wolfenstein, Commando Comics, James Bond, Rambo, The Predator and more. As a young man I have embraced Counter Strike, Half-life, The Bourne Series, Top Gear, Call of Duty the list goes on and on. Coupled with my military experience this seething mass of adrenalin-fueled testosterone has evolved into PRIMAL.

This Blog is an opportunity for me to interact with everyone who is interested in all things PRIMAL. I’m going to update on PRIMAL books, short films and other concepts on a regular basis. I’m also going to comment on cool technology, fast cars, guns and other military hardware. I’ll put a Jack Silkstone/PRIMAL bent on world events and give insight onto how a technology enabled, independent, Special Ops team might handle some of the world’s problems. But most importantly I’m going to interact with PRIMAL supporters all over the world. I’m going to give away some free stuff and invite you to be a part of creating more PRIMAL missions.

Roll out the Target Packs, it’s time to deal some justice PRIMAL style.

Jack Silkstone