2013 Robert Steele on Healing the Americas with an Open Source Agency — and Integrity; Dicho Sobre la Curacion de las Américas con una Agencia de Todo Abierto – y la Integridad 1.7
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1 — In the next fifteen minutes I am going to outline what I have learned in the past 30 years.
It is with absolute certainty that I present to you the idea of an Open Source Agency as the necessary service we must create and share in order to create a prosperous world at peace with the Americas, and healing the Americas, as our top priorities.
2 –I always provide a memorable Tiny URL. At this location you will find both this briefing with my words in Note format, and also links to my two Spanish language briefings in Chile and in Spain, both much more complex, and a few other useful references. The Chile briefing is available on YouTube in Spanish with embedded slides.
3 — I am sorry to say that most in the North have no idea this book exists, and even if they received it as a gift, they would not read it.
A major part of our mutual problem is the complete lack of public understanding in the USA about what is done in their name and at their expense.
4 — As Winston Churchill has said
“The Americans always do the right thing.
They just try everything else first.”
I have my own codicil to this.
It is not possible to under-estimate the ability of the Americans to think of more wrong things to do before they ever get to doing the right thing.
5 — My friend Alvin Toffler built a chapter around me in 1993, “The Future of the Spy” in his book War and Anti-War.
He believes, as Admiral Stavrides and I both believe, that information is a substitute for violence and a means of creating infinite wealth.
War is only profitable for bankers. It is not profitable for nations or peoples.
6 — Five of us have fought for 20 years to create an Open Source Agency.
The Office of Management and Budget has approved it twice, but each time we were blocked from reaching the Secretary of State or Defense.
This time we have reached both of the designees for State (the parent) and Defense (the funder). You can help – there are still secret forces in opposition.
If the OAS will form an alliance with Saudi Arabia and the JFK Center, I believe we can create this agency.
7 — Here is a physical concept for the actual proposed location of the Open Source Agency, funded by Defense but under diplomatic auspices, at $125M in year one, and climbing to $3B in year six.
The Potomac Plaza is a plan that was approved by Congress in the 1970’s provided that it was privately funded. With the Saudi Embassy on one border, we believe that between the Saudis and the JFK Center, the funds can be raised for what could be the real estate deal of the century – giving the Saudis a new building with a water view, connecting the city to the water, and enabling new forms of global understanding.
8 — What we spend on war instead of peace benefits the few bankers rather than the many citizens, and it happens because we are all—as a collective—abdicating our responsibilities for intelligence with integrity.
These numbers are from Medard Gabel, and consistent with those of E. O. Wilson and Lester Brown.
The time has come to displace the bankers and restore the people as the center of gravity for peace and prosperity.
9 — Since the 1990’s I have been calling for four forces after next, for the elimination of most of our very expensive bases—each a target–overseas, and for the creation, instead, of a 450-ship Navy, a long-haul Air Force, and an air-liftable Army. I know how to do this while also reducing the Pentagon budget by 30% over 6 years. More recently I have devised the Hour-Glass Strategy in an attempt to refocus attention on the Western Hemisphere.
We need to shut down the American Empire and restore America the Beautiful, waging peace and respecting regional and cultural natural rights.
10 — With all that by way of introduction, now I will quickly introduce some key ideas.
We must begin creating a more mature local to global intelligence or decision-support capability.
On the left are the ten high-level threats to humanity as identified by the UN panel in 2004.
There are not enough guns on the planet to save any dictatorship, monarchy, or plutocracy. Wise stewardship is the only path to sustainable power.
11 — We have to move beyond the US focus on global militarism and the false war on terrorism, and instead focus on the top three threats to humanity.
This is very relevant to the future-proofing of the large cities in Latin America, and it will demand the harmonization of how we do each of the twelve core policies across the top….harmonization with shared information.
If we create a new model for public hybrid governance using shared knowledge that heal the Americas, this is rapidly scalable to other regions.
12 — The government is the most ignorant and least flexible of eight information “tribes” or communities.
All tribes have secrets, where we have failed terribly is in ensuring that we can all share the majority of the information that is not secret.
Our entire approach to information-sharing and sense-making is retarded.
13 — Intelligence today is still mostly about governments doing secrets for policy, with collection being secret and stove-piped.
Here I present a more holistic approach to intelligence, one that is multinational.
This new concept leverages open source everything—especially sources and software easily shared– to enable continuous interactive churning.
14 — I funded Earth Intelligence Network, a 501c3, and 24 of us came together to design the foundation for a World Brain and Global Game. No one else has done this.
Any country can do this, but it works even better if an entire region agrees to this approach.
There are some advanced being made in Qatar, particularly with respect to the use of diasporas, real-time translation and plotting of points on maps, and interactive International Crisis Maps, that can be applied to local needs and local planning.
15 — Most of the eight tribes of information have no idea how to execute the proven process of intelligence, or how to balance resources among four major levels of effort.
This particular concept was developed by Jan Herring, the first National Intelligence Officer for Science & Technology, and it is still, in my view, an essential starting point for the Open Source Agency.
To prosper as a nation, we must meet the decision support needs of all elements of society, in a legal, ethical and affordable manner.
16 — The United Nations, the Red Cross, and most international organizations and non-profits appear to spend less than 20% of all donations on actual assistance.
An Open Source Agency can enable the creation of a Global to Local Range of Needs Table in the cloud, one that everyone can access, where the fulfillment of needs can be tracked, and all donations accounted for in real time.
This approach respects the hoarded wealth of the few, and instead seeks to create infinite new wealth
17 — From a technical point of view, this is our starting point. We must begin sharing open source information immediately.
We must move quickly toward open source software, open source hardware, and open cloud as well as open spectrum, all enabled by open standards.
This allows for rapid affordable scalability. This is how the South—with or without the USA—can heal and defend itself.
18 — Traditional governments are not adapting.
HYBRID governance is here to stay, beginning with water management and moving into all policy areas as quickly as possible.
The Open Source Agency would serve as the incubator for various implementations of this concept.
19 — If created in the USA, the Open Source Agency must be a sister agency to the Broadcasting Board of Governors, and under diplomatic auspices. OMB agrees.
Here are my personal views on what we can and should build in Washington. If the US Government will not do this, I am available to build it anywhere in the Americas. Open Source Everything is the new oil, the new gold, the new water.
A copy of this briefing, and my private letters to Rice, Kerry, and Hagel, is being shared with the Saudi Embassy and the JFK Center tomorrow.
20 — This is my most complex slide, and I cannot spend time on it. My new book, INTELLIGENCE with Integrity: Enabling Hybrd Governance with Open-Source Decision-Support, will be a textbook on how to address all of this complexity.
Sub-regionalism and regionalism – and respect for the 5,000 secessionist movements world-wide that will accept legitimate governance in lieu of separation – demands that we rise to the challenge of enabling hybrid governance with open-source decision-support.
21 — These are the first two books our non-profit funded. The human brain can do petaflop calculations per second, weighs almost nothing, and consumes virtually no energy.
No computer, at any cost, can equal this cost-size and performance. There are five billion human brains lying fallow. Embracing their potential, connecting them to an autonomous internet that cannot be shut down by any actor, is our next challenge.
I would be glad to see these books translated.
22 — Here to the left is my most recent book, also available for Kindle, and the draft cover of my next book.
This is how we heal the Americas and come together on the basis of shared information and interactive sense-making. We can extend this quickly to Africa on the East and South Asia on the West, and in this way empower the Southern Hemisphere.
23 — This briefing, including my planned words in the Notes format, is online now.
I ask for your help in asking—at the national level–that Chuck Hagel fund this and John Kerry sponsor it. If they will not, I am prepared to build it anywhere else.
Please consider sending this briefing to your Ambassadors and your Ministers of Defense and Foreign Affairs.