Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy.
– Søren Kierkegaard
At any naval intelligence center on any given day, analysts rush from meeting to meeting. Briefing slides and intelligence products are produced, edited, reviewed, and published. Senior officers and civilians come in before dawn and leave well after sunset. The day is full of busy people doing busy things. A good question is, what are we being busy about? An even better question for the naval intelligence profession is, how we are busy?
1. Robert Greene, Mastery (London: Profile Books, 2012), 192.
2. Haruki Murakami, “Sleep” in The Elephant Vanishes (London: Vintage, 2003), 101.
3. Cal Newport, Deep Work (New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2016), 3.
4. Greene, Mastery, 177.
5. Newport, Deep Work, 54.
6. It is also worth pointing out that naval intelligence professionals do not have just one communication network to manage. Nearly all have at least three networks, and others have more!
7. Newport, Deep Work, 64.