Class B Week 13 Assignment

Class B: Week 13 Assignment

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Class B: Week 13 Assignment

The Dirty War movie presented by Magenta16V (2012) exhibits a scenario revolving around the movement of hazardous and lethal radioactive materials mixed with other volatile or explosive components cloaked in some vegetable oil containers from Turkey to England. This scenario aligns with our comprehension of systems from the perspective of intelligence. Specifically, it reflects our understanding that the logic of systems thinking is crucial in the development of helpful, coherent, and effective models of intelligence that allow us to buttress our intelligence, hence allowing us to survive in systems characterized by uncertainties. In the film, DA Stroma explains that the sole purpose of establishing a reconnaissance cell is to gather essential intelligence on intended targets as such targets are closer to the planning of a terrorist attack within the national security system. With such intelligence, national security officers can competently enhance crisis communication and decisions aimed at thwarting such an attack. This aligns with our understanding of systems in that gathering, analysing, and assessing intelligence helps us to generate outcomes that support communication and informed decision-making necessary in improving the systems within which we live.

From a critical outlook, I think that Meadows’ approach to systems thinking enables us to identify, categorize, and manage the elements of intelligence portrayed in Dirty War. Meadows and Wright (2008) suggest that intelligent system thinkers establish resilient systems based on a rich structure of multiple feedback loops that enable the restoration of such systems in the event of large disturbances. The national security agents in Dirty War needed such resilience to restore the national security system to stability after being perturbed by the attack. This resilience could be attained through positive emergency drills aimed at sending positive messages to Londoners about attack preparedness. I also think that intelligent system thinkers should demonstrate the ability to exercise all seven critical thinking skills suggested by Richmond (2018). These include closed-loop thinking, dynamic thinking, forest thinking, operational thinking, quantitative thinking, scientific thinking, and system-as-cause thinking.


Magenta16V. (November 05, 2012). Dirty war [Video file]. YouTube. Retrieved November 19, 2019, from

Meadows, D. H., & Wright, D. (2008). Thinking in systems: A primer. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing.

Richmond, B. (2018). The “thinking” in systems thinking: How can we make it easier to master?. Leverage Networks, Inc. Retrieved November 19, 2019, from