Michael Kearns: Spy agencies team up with National Academies — 25 Years Late and Badly Focused

Academia, Collective Intelligence, Ethics, Government
Michael S. Kearns
Michael S. Kearns

Spy agencies team up with National Academies

In an unprecedented move, U.S. intelligence agencies are teaming up with the nation's most prestigious scientific body in a bid to make better use of findings from the country's leading social and behavioral scientists.

Robert David Steele
Robert David Steele

ROBERT STEELE: This is a well-intentioned effort by good people who simply have no clue. It comes 25 years after I first proposed the same thing at my public opening presentation in 1992 at the conference I started (which CIA immediately tried to shut down), quickly followed by Alvin Toffler doing a chapter built around me in 1993, “The Future of the Spy.” The fact is that US secret intelligence lacks holistic vision, lacks an appreciation for balanced focus on processing, analytics, overt human interaction, and fails completely to provide decision-support to everyone that needs it including its “priority” clients who get, “at best” 4% of what they need from secret sources and methods. It is most distressing to me to see CIA's continued incapacity in clandestine collection, open source information acquisition, and all-source analytics. In-Q-Tel means well, but this focus on figuring out when people are lying is seriously stupid. What we should be doing is creating an Open Source Agency that harnesses all human minds and all that they know, the truth will quickly surface from that collective intelligence done with collective integrity. The US IC is simply not willing to be serious about decision-support. Until we get the ethics right, we will not get the mechanics right.

As long as the US IC refuses to listen to its loyal dissidents and iconoclasts, it will continue to be irrelevant to the future of humanity and it will be a negative rather than a positive in creating a healthy Smart Nation that is instrumental toward the necessary objective of a prosperous world at peace, a world that works for the 99% not only the 1%.

My 25 years of appearances, testimony, and writing to this end can be viewed free online at http://robertdavidsteele.com

Among my more recent contributions:

Steele, Robert. “Robert Steele on OSINT – Why and How,” Copenhagen, Denmark: Government of Denmark, April 18-20, 2016, as commissioned and presented to military, police, and national services.  BRIEFING

Steele, Robert. “Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE) — a Nordic Manifesto,” Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, April 15, 2016.

Steele, Robert. “Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE) – Creating the Academy, Economy, Government, and Society of the Future,” Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, April 5, 2016.

Steele, Robert. “Foreword,” in Stephen E. Arnold, CyberOSINT: Next Generation Information Access, Harrods Creek, KY: Arnold Information Technology, 2015.

Steele, Robert. “Memorandum for the Vice President, “SUBJECT: Supporting the President’s Interest in 2015 Defense, Diplomacy, and Development Innovation – the Open Source (Technologies) Agency, Digital Deserts, & Global Stabilization,” Oakton, VA: Earth Intelligence Network, October 8, 2015.

Steele, Robert. “The Evolving Craft of Intelligence,” in Robert Dover, Michael Goodman, and Claudia Hillebrand (eds.). Routledge Companion to Intelligence Studies, Oxford, UK: Routledge, July 31, 2013.

Steele, Robert. “The Ultimate Hack: Re-Inventing Intelligence to Re-Engineer Earth,” in U. K. Wiil (ed.), Counterterrorism and Open-Source Intelligence, Lecture Notes in Social Networks 2, Springer-Verlag/Wien, 2011.



Steele, Robert. “SPECIAL FEATURE: Creating a Smart Nation–Strategy, Policy, Intelligence, and Information,”  Government Information Quarterly, pp. 159-173


Steele, Robert.  “Private Enterprise Intelligence – Its Potential Contribution to National Security,” Intelligence and National Security, 10/4, October 1995, pp. 212-228.


Steele, Robert. “The Theory and Practice of Competitor Intelligence,” Journal of the Association for Global Strategic Information, July 1994


Steele, Robert. “National Intelligence and Open Source: From School House to White House,” American Intelligence Journal, Spring/Summer 1993, pp. 29-32.

Toffler, Alvin, “The Future of the Spy,” in War and Anti-War: Survival at the Dawn of the 21st Century, New York, NY: Little, Borwn, & Company, 1993.


Steele, Robert. “E3i: Ethics, Ecology, Evolution, & Intelligence,” Whole Earth Review, Fall 1992, pp. 74-79.

Steele, Robert. “Welcoming Remarks by Robert D. Steele, Host: Consumer Needs, Data Changes, Technology Changes, Organizational Changes, Future Vision & Issues,” McLean, VA: First International Symposium on National Security & National Competitiveness, Open Source Solutions, December 1, 1992.


Steele, Robert. “Applying the ‘New Paradigm’: How to Avoid Strategic Intelligence Failures in the Future,” American Intelligence Journal, Autumn 1991, pp. 43-46.


Steele, Robert. “Intelligence in the 1990’s: Recasting National Security in a Changing World,” American Intelligence Journal, Summer/Fall 1990, pp. 29-36.


Gray, Al (Ghost-Written by Robert Steele), “Global Intelligence Challenges in the 1990’s,” American Intelligence Journal, Winter 1989-1990, pp. 37-41.

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