Robert Steele: How Dutch Intelligence Survived & Prospered Using Open Source Human Intelligence as a Foundation for Ethical Evidence-Based Decisions

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Robert David STEELE Vivas
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REACTION TO:  2012 Robert Steele: The Human Factor & The Human Environment: Concepts & Doctrine? Implications for Human & Open Source Intelligence 2.0

These are my words, reflecting what I learned in multiple funded trips to work with Dutch intelligence at various levels, and multiple conversation across various conferences I attended in Europe.  This is more or less what I told George Tenet when he became DCI….to no effect, naturally.

1994 was a very stressful time in Dutch intelligence history.  A scandal had erupted in which the Parliament was investigating Dutch intelligence intrusions with audio-video into the homes of specific Dutch citizens suspected of this and that.  Parliament was so angry they threatened to cut all funding for all intelligence.  Two very good things emerged from this:

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Reference: Intelligence Cooperation in Multinational International Peace Operations

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Jan-Inge Svensson


Intelligence is a tool for power and traditionally very sensitive by nature. Well-established and bureaucratic resistance, international positioning and working methods hamper cooperation concerning intelligence. In a multifunctional and multinational peace operation a lot of informal structures are intertwined with formal structures.


In order to create a picture of the widest spectrum in a multifunctional mission cooperation is necessary among military, police, Governmental- and International organisations and NGO`s.  Intelligence services need to communicate with each other, and multi-lateral agreements need to be established to governing the collection, analysis and sharing of intelligence.

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See Also:

2003 PEACEKEEPING INTELLIGENCE: Emerging Concepts for the Future

2004 4 Dec Stockholm Peacekeeping Intelligence Trip Report

Books: Intelligence for Peace (PKI Book Two) Finalizing

PKI Book I CH04 Svensson Peacekeeping and Intelligence Experiences from United Nations Protection Force 1995

Worth a Look: First Ever UN Joint Military Analysis Centre Course (October 2009)

Search: osint models


Although the search produces a number of hits, including Graphic: OSINT Competing Models, it misses Graphic: OSINT Two Views as well as some larger references because OSINT is out and M4IS2 (Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making is new new meme in town, originating with the Swedish military and specifically Col Jan-Inge Svensson and his colleagues at the Folke Bernadotte Academy.

NEVER confuse our passion for public intelligence with a desire to eliminate the secret world.  On the contrary, Rule 1 for our multinational concept is “Feed the High Side First.”  Rule 2 prohibits the high side from controlling open source sharing among all multinational stake-holders.  This is all outlined in Search: The Future of OSINT [is M4IS2-Multinational].

We also distinguish between getting OSINT right within the all-source secret environment, and getting public intelligence right outside of and completely independent from the secret environment.  Within the secret intelligence world, OSINT is still at the fourth-grade level, as least in the USA and outside the Nordics and Netherlands, here are a few graphics understood by but not yet accepted in contradistinction to the current paradigm within that community.  Absent Integrity, no one will get to where we need to be.

Graphic: Paradigm Change
Graphic: Intelligence Maturity Scale
Graphic: 2002 New Theory of War & Defense
Graphic: OSINT, We Went Wrong, Leaping Forward
Graphic: President and Humanity
Graphic: The New Craft of Intelligence
Graphic: OSINT and Full-Spectrum HUMINT (Updated)
Graphic: OSINT, Missions, & Disciplines
Graphic: Herring Triangle of Four Levels Need & Cost
Graphic: OSINT Quadrants and Green to Red Feed
Graphic: Four Quadrants J-2 High Cell SMS Low
Graphic: Whole of Government Intelligence
Graphic: OSINT Multinational Outreach Network
Graphic: OSINT DOSC MDSC as Kernel for Global Grid to Meet Stabilization & Reconstruction as Well as Whole of Government Policy, Acquisition, and Operations Support

Here are the core elements of the new model as promulgated by this web site as a front end of the Earth Intelligence Network (EIN), a 501c3 Public Charity.  Our integral consciousness is reflected in our logo.

1)  Ten High-Level Threats to Humanity and Cost of Peace versus War
2)  Twelve Core Policies
3)  Eight Dominant Demographics
4)  Eight Public Intelligence Tribes, One Information Commons (see also Going for the Green)
5)  Six Information Operations (IO) Circles (in context of IO Cube and IO Eras)
6)  World Brain Institute (1), Global Game (1), and Centres for Public Intelligence (infinite)
7)  One World, One We but also Five Fronts, Four Forces, Intelligence Standards, and Core Force

See Also:

Search: osint cycle
2009 The Ultimate Hack: Re-Inventing Intelligence to Re-Engineer Earth (Denmark 27-28 October 2009)