Special Forces Graphics & Think Pieces on Human Domain

Officers Call, White Papers

Each of the below references in cited in the new monograph series, Reinventing the US Army, for the US Army's Strategic Studies Institute (SSI); links go to the official US Army site. This list will grow over the next 30 days. Links to Human Domain graphics are included.


Graphic: ARSOC Human Domain

Graphic: ARSOC Human Groups in Human Domain

Graphic: ARSOC Political Warfare and the Global SOF Network

Graphic: ARSOC Trends in International Competition

US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)

The Gray Zone, White Paper, 9 September 2015

James Razuri, “Harnessing the Human Domain in Warfare,” Special Operations Essays, May 2015

Cory M. Peterson, “The Use of Special Operations Forces in Support of American Strategic Security Strategies,” 1st Place  Essay in the Joint Special Operations University and Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict Division of the National Defense Industry Association 2014 Essay Contest

US Army Special Operations Command (ARSOC)

Operationalizing Deep Knowledge, White Paper, 15 April 2016

Comprehensive Deterrence, White Paper, 12 April 2016

Perceiving Gray Zone Indications, White Paper, 15 March 2016

ARSOF 2022 Part I, 7 April 2015 (last modified)

ARSOF 2022 Part II: Changing the Institution, 7 April 2015 (last modified)

SOF Support to Political Warfare, White Paper, 10 March 2015

  • Commentary, Col David Maxwell, Georgetown, 12 March 2015

Redefining the Win,” White Paper, 6 January 2015

ARSOF Operating Concept 2022, 26 September 2014

Cognitive Joint Force Entry, White Paper, 26 September 2014

Counter-Unconventional Warfare, White Paper, 26 September 2014

Hybrid Structures, White Paper, 26 September 2014

A Global Landpower Network Could Be the Ultimate Anti-Network, ARMY, August 2014

Knowledge is Power: Adaptations Required to Survive in the Human Domain, ARMY, July 2014

Special Operations-An Army Core Competency, ARMY, June 2014

Toward Strategic Landpower, ARMY, July 2013

Human Domain @ Phi Beta Iota


2017 Robert Steele: OSINT Done Right

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

2009 DoD OSINT Leadership and Staff Briefings

2006 Sutton (US) Global Coverage, Looking Backward, Looking Forward

1997 Sutton (US) The Challenge of Global Coverage


Graphic: First Cut on Human Factors and Technology for UN EU NATO, AU (Africa), CELAC (Americas) and RCEP (Asia) OSE/M4IS2

Graphic: Full Spectrum Human Intelligence (HUMINT)

Graphic: Human Intelligence (HUMINT) J-2 Central

Graphic: Human Intelligence (HUMINT) 101 (Wrong Way)

Graphic: Human Intelligence (HUMINT) 102 (Right Way)

Graphic: Integrated HUMINT/OSINT Management for Defense & Service Strategy & Priorities, Policies, Acquisition, & Operations

Graphic: Nine HUMINT/OSINT Circles

Graphic: OSINT and Full-Spectrum HUMINT (Updated)

Graphic: OSINT DOSC MDSC as Kernel for Global Grid to Meet Stabilization & Reconstruction as Well as Whole of Government Policy, Acquisition, and Operations Support

Graphic: OSINT, Missions, & Disciplines

Graphic: The UN and the Eight Tribes of Intelligence


Human Intelligence: All Humans, All Minds, All the Time, Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, Press, June 3, 2010

Information Operations: Putting the “I” Back Into DIME, Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, Press, February 1, 2006

The New Craft of Intelligence: Achieving Asymmetric Advantage in the Face of Nontraditional Threats, Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, Press, February 1, 2002


Robert Steele: Decision Memorandum for LTG Mike Flynn – Consolidating & Catapulting Defense and National Open Source Methods

Robert Steele: Open Source (Technologies) Agency


2015 ANSWERS Robert Steele for Sean Lorenz on OSINT Update 3

2013 Robert Steele Answers on OSINT to PhD Student in Denmark 2.0

2013 Robert Steele Reflections on Alternative Command & Control (AltC2) — Five Questions and a Game Plan 1.1

2012 Robert Steele: The Human Factor & The Human Environment: Concepts & Doctrine? Implications for Human & Open Source Intelligence 2.0

2012 Robert Steele: The Human Factor & The Human Environment: Contextual Trust for Sources & Methods

2012 Ishmael Jones (P) on The Human Factor

2012 Thomas Briggs on The Human Factor

2012 USA Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Scorecard 1.1

2007-03-01  Colonel Ralph O. Baker, USA, HUMINT-CENTRIC OPERATIONS: Developmeint Actionable Intelligence in the Urban Counterinsurgency Environment (Military Review)

2006 Reuser (NL) on Virtual Open Source Agency

2006 Sutton (US) Global Coverage, Looking Backward, Looking Forward

2004 Harrison (US) Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Requirements Management: A U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Perspective

1989 General Al Gray on Global Intelligence Challenges

Answers: Steele for NATO Strategic Foresight

Antechinus: CIA Killed OSINT at Birth — 80% of “OSINT” Studies are Bullshit

Berto Jongman: Russian Nonlinear War (“Gerasimov Doctrine”) — While US in Stuck in One Size Fits All Big War

Chuck Spinney: Patrick Cockburn on US Military Failure PBI: Without Intelligence with Integrity, Force Structure is Fraud

Danish Forces on Robert Steele’s Peace Intelligence Message — OSINT Is Human, Not Technical

David Maxwell: Partnership, Respect Guide U.S. Military Role in Philippines

David Maxwell: U.S. Special Operations Forces in the Philippines, 2001–2014 (Rand)

DefDog: Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Survey

Marcus Aurelius: CSA Interview + AWC SSI Reminder — Answers from the 1990’s Long Ignored…

Marcus Aurelius: OSINT Battle Rythm — the Best the US Army Can Do…. Plus DefDog Comment

Michel Bauwens: The Relational State – The Human Factor

Mongoose: $540M for Fake News? How Much Open Source Intelligence Could That Buy for Special Operations Forces?

Patrick Meier: UN, Social Media, HUMINT, and Geospatial Decision-Support –a REAL Revolution in Intelligence Affairs

Reference: NATO Strategic Comments + RECAP

Reflections on Alternative Command & Control and Four Transformation Forcing Concepts

Reflections on NATO 4.0 — Key Challenges AND Solutions 1.2

Reflections: Philosophy of Intelligence

Reflections: The Human Factor & The Human Environment: Concepts & Doctrine? Implications for Human & Open Source Intelligence 2.0

Review: The Human Factor–Inside the CIA’s Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture

Robert Steele: Human Intelligence and Open Source Technologies in Singularity Weblog

Round-Up: The Human Factor

Search: how much humint is clandestine — Response by Robert Steele + Clandestine Meta-RECAP

Stephen E. Arnold: A Fresh Look at Big Data & Big Data (-) Human Factor (+) Transformation (+) RECAP

Thomas Briggs: Reflections on OSINT in Support of HUMINT

Tom Atlee: Factors Supporting Collective Stupidity, Collective Guesstimation, Collective Intelligence, and Collective Wisdom

Vladimir Putin: New Rules or a Game Without Rules — Defining Responsible Powers and Investing in Human Capital Instead of Propaganda

See Also:

Appearances, Publications, & Testimony by Robert David Steele

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