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From the Battlefield to the Boardroom: Operation Jellyfish

We don’t normally publish press releases at OilPrice.com – but felt the below by Jellyfish would be of great interest to visitors. Regular readers are aware that we follow trends in the energy, finance and geopolitical arena’s and the impact they have on economies and companies worldwide. We are aware that good Information and Intelligence are vital to competing effectively in today’s international business environment, yet with increasing global geopolitical tension, growing competition for resources and rapid commodity price inflation, companies nowadays are faced with challenges quite unlike those seen in the past. We predict companies like Jellyfish will be of increasing importance over the coming years and their unique skillset will be in great demand by firms worldwide.

Former Blackwater and Able Danger operators create private sector firm providing intelligence services to the C-suite in multinational corporations.

On Thursday, May 12 at 12 noon at the National Press Club, Jellyfish Intelligence will announce a private sector initiative created by a team of former civilian and military intelligence operatives, seasoned business executives and corporate strategists that will provide sophisticated intelligence operations services to Chief Executive Officers who wish to execute their business strategies with complete awareness of the international business environment.

With increasing global geopolitical tensions, rising energy and commodities prices and complex foreign policy decisions being made in capital cities around the world, international corporate executives are turning to Jellyfish Intelligence to help protect and grow market share.  Without reliable intelligence regarding shifting political, social and macroeconomic conditions, CEOs would be running their firms blindly where strategic plans would not be executable and companies would fail.

Unique to the Jellyfish team is that several members have been involved with either Blackwater Worldwide through its Total Intelligence Solutions division or with the military intelligence program known as  “Operation Able Danger.”  Blackwater felt compelled to change its name to Xe Services after several lawsuits and controversies in Iraq and Afghanistan, while Able Danger brought the Bush Administration under scrutiny when it was learned that the operation’s state-of-the-art "data mining" methods had revealed the names of a number of 9/11 hijackers prior to the September 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

"While we understand that both issues have their respective reasons for being controversial, we are using the talent of our team's experience on the battlefield to bring insights and advice to the boardroom," said Jellyfish CEO Keith Mahoney, a private sector executive formerly with Blackwater's intelligence division, Total Intelligence Solutions. “We have found a home in the C-Suites of the Fortune 500 by providing a clear predictive analysis of future expected threats to our client’s revenues, costs, and profits.”

Jellyfish is comprised of specialists with experience in a variety of different areas, including wargaming and strategy, operations and planning, intelligence collection and analysis, and the use of sophisticated technology.

Long before Facebook, Operation Able Danger was using advanced data mining techniques to identify and target social networks, most notably those of the Al Qaeda network. The operation was a unique hybrid of advanced neuro-network principles used by highly-qualified operations analysts who could sort through the information and discern patterns allowing the Special Operations Command to have "options" in their difficult decision making processes.

"We have the unique ability to translate how military operations affect business operations and having options is important when generals and CEOs are making decisions that reach into the economies of countries and industries," said Jellyfish Military Operations Advisor Tony Shaffer, a key component of the Able Danger program and author of "Operation Dark Heart - Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontline of Afghanistan."

Jellyfish assets are global in reach, with operatives and experts throughout capital cities in Asia, Europe, Latin America and in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region.  Jellyfish will also offer strategic associations with influential lobbying firms in Washington DC to offer "political intelligence" services to corporate clients as well as insights and analysis on congressional legislation and policy.

Additional strategic alliances position Jellyfish to offer a number of other high-level customized services including physical and information security, data mining and aggregation, risk assessment and due diligence services, and industry specific research and analysis with sophisticated open source intelligence (OSINT) methods and technologies.

"In a world where global energy, finance and military operations are increasingly and simultaneously inter-connected issues, the ability to provide a bridge of intelligence from the battlefield to the boardroom is vitally important," said Jellyfish President Michael Bagley.

Point of Contact:

Michael Bagley
The OSINT Group
Washington DC
202.997.8413




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  • Anonymous on May 06 2011 said:
    You can't 'mine' what you can't see, perceive and understand. So all you are left with is relatively meaningless 'names and numbers'. If you're culturally blind or otherwise culturally not street wise, all the 'sophisticated intelligence gathering' in the world will not tell you how the 'culturally differentperson' thinks, feels and is otherwise motivated. this is the single greatest weakness of Western and esp. US culture and therefore of its intelligence services, next to political rivalries and infighting. Its inability to feel cultural difference and understand how this translates to thought processes and action. And the more PC and 'globalised' the west believes itself becoming (and therefore the less inclined to explore cultural difference), the less it understands 'under the skin'. that's why, for all the (technological and analytical) sophistication of its intelligence, the West is losing, and the 'culturally different' opponent is winning.

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