President Obama wants the CIA to show some foresight about anticipating new, low probability events such as revolution in Egypt. This sounds like a good example of how “open source” smart blogs such as RBC could fulfill a patriotic duty. We as a community could list the set of new “known unknowns” and then dispatch our list to the CIA and allow “the experts” there to rank them and to plan out our best responses to these emerging threats and opportunities. So, the Nobel Laureate Ronald Coase posed the old question of why do firms exist? Why does the CIA exist? Recall the old “make versus buy” decision. The CIA doesn’t have to do everything in house. If Jason Bourne is unavailable, they should consult with Jonathan Zasloff and the rest of the RBC community!