As a former Brigadier General in Israel’s Military Intelligence, I am today reminded of a German word one of my commanders, a former Prime Minister and Chief of Staff, used to throw around: Gestalt. Gestalt, literally meaning shape, has a deeper meaning in the world of philosophy and psychology, referring to a complex holistic world. It stands for an idea where all systems should be viewed as a whole; where everything is interconnected.
It took two planes and thousands of murdered Americans for world governments to realize that the fight against terror involves cooperation and intelligence sharing – 9/11 was the wake-up call for governments to centralize their efforts, and take a holistic and eventually strategic view of the inter-agency and multi-disciplinary fight against terrorism.
Yet, once again the world’s governments are snoozing. This week’s Petya multi-sector cyber attack has already caused huge disruption. Victims so far include banks, aircraft manufacturers and