Highlands Forum

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Group.png Highlands Forum
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Formation1994
Founder• Richard P. O'Neill
• Andrew Marshall
• SAIC
• DARPA
HeadquartersWashington DC, Carmel Highlands
Interestsinformation warfare
Membership• SAIC
• Booz Allen Hamilton
• RAND
• Cisco
• Humane Genome Sciences
• eBay
• PayPal
• IBM
• Google
• Microsoft
• AT&T
• the BBC
• Disney
• General Electric
• Enron
• Daniel Yergin
• IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates
• David Ignatius
• Thomas Friedman
• Arnaud de Borchgrave
• Steven Levy
• Lawrence Wright
• Noah Schachtmann
• Rebecca McKinnon
• Nik Gowing
• John Markoff
• Clay Shirky
• Mitch Waldrop
• Luma Khatib
• Ben Gross
• Gary Santaniello
• Nick Bauer
• Sun Microsystems
• Michele Quaid
• Joan Dempsey
The Highlands Forum brings together select people interactions between policy and technology. It has played an instrumental role in incubating the idea of mass surveillance as a mechanism to dominate information on a global scale.

The Highlands Forum (also Highlands Group) is an informal network sponsored by the Pentagon with a common interest in information, science, and technology and their impact on global and societal activities.[1] The participants are embedded in "a longstanding shadow network of political, industry, media and corporate officials that sit invisibly behind the seat of government, yet literally write its foreign and domestic national security policies whether the administration is Democrat of Republican, by contributing 'ideas' and forging government-industry relationships." [2]

The Highlands Forum has played an instrumental role in incubating the idea of mass surveillance as a mechanism to dominate information on a global scale,[2] and has also contributed heavily to the War on Terror and other concepts.

Overview

It was founded 1994 by retired US navy captain Dick O’Neill and financed by the Pentagon. Its biggest successes have been in the development of high-tech network-based warfare."[3]

As an international consulting network, it has been termed an "intellectual capital venture firm" with extensive experience assisting corporations, organizations, and government leaders frame issues and consider alternatives in the achievement of their objectives. For more than 20 years the Forum has provided an off the record space for some of the most prominent members of the shadow intelligence community to convene with senior US government officials, alongside leaders in other relevant industries.[4][2]

Total participants in the DoD's Highlands Forum number over a thousand, although sessions largely consist of small closed workshops of 25-30 people, bringing together experts and officials depending on the subject. Delegates have included senior personel from SAIC and Booz Allen Hamilton, RAND Corp,Cisco,Humane Genome Sciences, eBay,PayPal,IBM,Google,Microsoft,AT&T,the BBC,Disney,General Electric, Enron, among innumerable others.[2]

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