2012 Robert Steele Answers PhD Student Questions

Robert Steele

2012 Robert Steele Answers PhD Student Questions

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1.  You have created several concepts which you explain throughout your books and articles such as, Smart Nation, Information Arbitrage, and Information Peacekeeping. Can you explain the concept of Information Peacekeeping and Peacekeeping Intelligence?

Information Peacekeeping is the use of information to create a prosperous world at peace, and therefore to avoid conflict.  Peacekeeping Intelligence is the application of the proven process of intelligence (which is not secret by definition, only selected sources are secret) to actual peacekeeping operations, generally under a United Nations or regional international organization (e.g. African Union) mandate.


2011 Thinking About Revolution in the USA and Elsewhere (Full Text Online for Google Translate)

2010 The Ultimate Hack Re-Inventing Intelligence to Re-Engineer Earth (Chapter for Counter-Terrorism Book Out of Denmark)

2006 BOOK: Information Operations: All Information, All Languages, All the Time

2006 IJIC 19/3 Peacekeeping Intelligence & Information Peacekeeping

2004 IJIC 17/2 Information Peacekeeping & The Future of Intelligence

2003 BOOK: Peacekeeping Intelligence: Emerging Concepts for the Future

2002 Information Peacekeeping (NISA Keynote NL)

1999 Virtual Intelligence: Conflict Avoidance and Resolution through Information Peacekeeping (Journal of Conflict Resolution, Spring 1999)

1998 Information Peacekeeping: The Purest Form of War

1995 Re-Inventing Intelligence The Vision and the Strategy


2.  You write about sharing across the eight “communities” of intelligence, which approach to intelligence do you suggest here?

Governments and corporations generally do not respect the intelligence function, in part because the secrecy of intelligence allows the consumers of intelligence to avoid accountability for ignoring intelligence.  Only public intelligence is shareable as well as scalable.  The eight tribes or communities of information and intelligence are Academic, Civil Society (including labor and religion),  Commerce (including the black market and System D as well as organized crime), Government, Media, Military, and Non-Government/Non-Profit.  Furthermore, the secret communities have refused to do “whole of government intelligence or compare and contrast intelligence (domestic competitiveness with foreign competitors).  Apart from assuring pervasive deep sharing across all boundaries, we continue to require an Open Source Agency, as proposed on pages 23 and 423 of the 9/11 Commission Report, but under diplomatic auspices as a sister  agency to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), or as a presidential agency affiliated with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).


Graphic: Eight “Tribes” or Communities of Information & Intelligence

2012:  Open Source Agency: Executive Access Point

2010 M4IS2 Briefing for South America — 2010 M4IS2 Presentacion por Sur America (ANEPE Chile)

2009 Intelligence for the President–AND Everyone Else

2009 Fixing the White House & National Intelligence

2008 Rebalancing the Instruments of National Power–Army Strategy Conference of 2008 Notes, Summary, & Article

2008 The Substance of Governance ELECTION 2008 Lipstick on the Pig (Full Text Online for Google Translate)

2003 Information Peacekeeping & The Future of Intelligence: The United Nations, Smart Mobs, and the Seven Tribes

2002 The New Craft of Intelligence: Personal, Public, & Political

2002 New Rules for the New Craft of Intelligence (Book 2 Chapter 15)

2002 BOOK: The New Craft of Intelligence: Personal, Public, & Political

1995 GIQ 13/2 Creating a Smart Nation: Strategy, Policy, Intelligence, and Information

1994 ACCESS: The Theory and Practice of Competitor Intelligence (Journal of the Association for Global Strategic Information, July 1994)

1993 From Schoolhouse to White House

1993 ACCESS: The Theory and Practice of Intelligence in the Age of Information

1993 Corporate Role in National Competitiveness: Smart People + Good Tools + Information = Profit

1992 E3i: Ethics, Ecology, Evolution, & intelligence (An Alternative Paradigm)


3.  One of the challenges of OSINT can be the danger of revealing one’s interests and intentions when using OSINT, for example when asking a commercial information service for certain information.  How do we prevent or protect from such danger or challenge?

This is nonsense.  95% or more of what anyone needs to know is openly available, and there are in additional ample means for creating cut-outs or cover for action, ranging from graduate students doing a thesis to investors doing due diligence.  Most secrecy is about protecting fraud, waste, and abuse, about avoiding accountability.


2009 Perhaps We Should Have Shouted: A Twenty-Year Retrospective

2008 Open Source Intelligence (Operational)

2008 Open Source Intelligence (Strategic)

2006 Forbes Blank Slate On Intelligence

2006 IJIC 19/1 Intelligence Affairs: Evolution, Revolution, or Reactionary Collapse?”

2002 TIME Magazine The New Craft of Intelligence

2000 Presidential Intelligence (Book 1 Chapter 13)

2000 Presidential Leadership and National Security Policy Making


4.  What is the best way of integrating OSINT in to all source analysis? Should OSINT serve as a foundation for other intelligence collection disciplines?

OSINT is both a sub-discipline within each of the classified disciplines, and an all-source discipline in its own right.  The classified managers have been unprofessional, ignorant, and in betrayal of the public trust by refusing to do the right thing: as is now the law in The Netherlands, nothing should be collected by secret means that can be collected via open source means.  The pioneers have already moved beyond OSINT  to M4IS2 (Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making).  The legal world is now starting to do what transnational crime and System D have always done: routing around governments that lack intelligence and integrity.


Graphic: OSINT, Missions, & Disciplines

Graphic: OSINT, We Went Wrong, Leaping Forward

2008 Open Source Intelligence (Strategic)


5.  Could you explain more about the Burundi exercise?  Both books that you mentioned (Bean and Olcott) refer to this exercise, however, you point out areas where they misunderstood the exercise.

2011  Campaign for Liberty: Steele on IC and DoD

2007 How to Restore Spies Credibility: Go Open Source

2000 Open Source Burundi Exercise


6.  You speak of the need for faith-based global intelligence exchange. What do you mean by this? Do you believe that this would apply or be possible for all faiths such as, Islam where you see there are many conflicts among different sects of Islam?  Also, is this a politically feasible idea; would this lead to more conflicts and more distrust among different faiths?

We desperately need a religious counterintelligence service in the USA.  In my view, the Muslims, Quakers, and most moderate Protestant groups are not a threat to the USA.  The greatest threat to the USA are Jews under Mossad and Israeli Zionist control, Catholics in Opus Dei, and the Pentecostals that have penetrated the U.S. Army’s highest ranks.  At the same time, I think very highly of Capt Doug Johnston, USN (Ret) and his work on faith-based diplomacy.


Gordon Duff: USG Taking Israeli Espionage & Influence Seriously?

Journal: Government Corruption and Inattention; Foreign Influence and Access: Religious Counterintelligence

Journal: Israel, False-Flags, Dual-Citizens, & Smiles

Koko: CIA Bows to Islamic Radicals, with Strong Comment on Need for Religious Counterintelligence

Theophillis Goodyear: US Propaganda Disaster? Officers Taught They Must “Nuke” Islam? + RECAP

Search: Citizen Counterintelligence #OWS

2003 BOOK:  Faith-Based Diplomacy: Trumping Realpolitik

1995 BOOK:  Religion, The Missing Dimension of Statecraft


7.  I know as part of your many years of experience you have also served at the Foreign Intelligence Requirements and Capabilities Plan (FIRCAP) and you were also responsible for creating the Marine Corps Intelligence Center.  Combining these, what you see as requirements for creating a “bare bone” targeted OSINT CELL? (targeting a foreign language) 

The gravest problem we have is the refusal of secret intelligence mandarins—and defense operational program “leaders” such as those in charge of the USAF Gorgon Stare program—to do serious multinational information collection and processing.  We do not speak 183 important languages and we do not have US citizens with clearances capable of discovery, discrimination, distillation, and dissemination of what is important in foreign language open source.  The defense insistence on treating OSINT as a technical collection challenge instead of a human intelligence (HUMINT) challenge is the primary obstacle to making progress in this area.


Graphic: OSINT Cell

2009 DoD OSINT Leadership and Staff Briefings

1997 Creating a “Bare Bones” Capability for Open Source Support to Defense Intelligence Analysis


8.  What are the particular functions of a ‘regional intelligence centers’ and what you believe the advantages of such centers are?

Using the military as the C4I (Command and Control, Communications, Computing, & Intelligence) hub in each country, I believe that we can quickly and inexpensively establish a global M4IS2 grid that operates predominantly in OSINT mode, with the military in each country being responsible for outreach, integration, and exploitation of the other seven tribes in their respective countries.  At the same time, joint M4IS2 efforts would be able to crowd-source diaspora tweets and translations—I am very impressed by the International Crisis Mapping endeavor and the pioneering of Dr. Patrick Meiers, who is now in Qatar because the US Government simply refuses to be serious about OSINT innovation.  It is a source of disappointment to me that Jim Clapper chose to be a DNI for the past rather than the future—all of these ideas have been known to him since 2006 [the DoD OSINT Leadership and Staff briefings were created  for him by Dr. Joseph Markowitz, myself, and the one totally holistic DoD employee in the OSINT domain], but for reasons only he can articulate, he has refused to redirect the IC toward the future…..hence we are creating all of this outside the government, and the government will be the persistent loser over the next decade.


Graphic: Six Circles–Earth Intelligence Network Operational Concept

Graphic: Smart Nation Through Four Reforms

Graphic: Smart Nation World Brain Pyramid

2009 DoD OSINT Leadership and Staff Briefings


9.   What do you see as the best practices of NATO OSINT?

There are none.  JAC Molesworth is a disaster area, NATO is if anything worse than the UN is its legacy pathologies, and I expect nothing from them in the near future.  When BGen Jim Cox, Canada (Ret) left NATO, and LtCdr Andrew Chester, Canada (Sep) left SACLANT, OSINT within NATO died immediately.   Although there have been a proliferation of handbooks across many different organizations, there is no coherent means of creating an global M4IS2 grid.  While I personally organized events that trained 7,500 mid-career officers that now oversee what I am told is a global population of 25,000 OSINT practitioners, most of them have taken on the “butts in seats” model, using citizens with clearances instead of a constantly changing mix of individuals with exactly the right knowledge acquired at someone else’s expense and ready to create new knowledge in the instant.  Citation analytics is a classic example of how ignorant governments are and the US Government in particular—we do not take the trouble to identify the top journalists, top academics, top field practitioners across the eight tribes, and hence we continue to rely—fully 24 years after I started this line of inquiry—on children and annuitants (retired people brought back as contractors) with clearances, and zero access to 80% or more of what can be gotten via OSINT  (less than 2% is actually online in retrievable form—we still do not do deep web, C drives, emails for substance, or primary direct outreach to real people).  I continue to believe that only an independent Open Source Agency, one that provides all OSINT directly to the high side in copy, but keeps ownership of the originals for unencumbered multinational unclassified sharing, is the way to go.  I am in active search for a government that will fund this—if the US Government does not, its slide to the bottom will be persistent and inevitable.


2012 Reflexivity = Integrity: Toward Earth/Life 4.0

2012 Strategic Thinking on Future of GW

2011: Competitive Commercial Intelligence and Strategy in International Markets – Context and Challenge Inteligencia Empresarial y Estrategia Competitiva en Mercados Internacional – Contexto y Desafio

2010 M4IS2 Briefing for South America — 2010 M4IS2 Presentacion por Sur America (ANEPE Chile)

2009 Briefing: Open Everything at UNICEF in NYC

2009 DoD OSINT Leadership and Staff Briefings

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

2007 United Nations “Class Before One” Infomation-Sharing and Analytics Orientation

2000-2002 NATO OSINT Handbooks

Handbooks (60)


10.   What organizational structure or design do you see best appropriate for creating a targeted OSINT Cell?

See my response to question 7.  However, I would stress the concepts of hybrid and panarchy.  Only “open” is agile and responsive.  This is why I wrote and have seen published THE OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING MANIFESTO:  Transparency, Truth & Trust.  We don’t just need OSINT, we need Open Source Everything.  The US Government is headed for a much worse collapse in 2013-2014, and in my view, the only thing that could save both the government and the Republic is an Open Source Agency that aggressively implements and open source everything strategy, beginning with a full commitment to open source software, open source hardware, open spectrum, and of course open government.


2010 BOOK: INTELLIGENCE for EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainabilty

2001 BOOK: Panarchy: Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems

1998 BOOK:   Global Public Policy: Governing Without Government?

2000 BOOK:  Critical Choices. The United Nations, Networks, and the Future of Global Governance


See Also

Mini-Me: Putting TS/SCI In Perspective – Need to Lose the Cement Overcoat of Excessive Classification and Excessive Corruption

Reference: Earth Intelligence Network Analytic Concept

Reference: Human Intelligence (HUMINT) – All Humans, All Minds, All the Time [Full Text Online for Google Translate]

Reference: World Brain Institute & Global Game

ROOT: The Open Source Everything Convergence

Theophilis Goodyear: Panarchy versus Anarchy – Non-Hierarchal, Network-Controled Governance + Panarchy RECAP

Who’s Who in Collective Intelligence: Robert David STEELE Vivas

Worth a Look: Book Review Lists (Positive)

Worth a Look: Book Review Lists (Negative)

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