Robert Steele: CIA Fucks Up Information Technology Once Again . . . and Continues to Fuck Up HUMINT/OSINT

Corruption, Government, Idiocy, Ineptitude, IO Impotency

CIA launches first federal lab

The Central Intelligence Agency announced Monday the launch of its first-ever federal lab, a new internal organization that will allow its officers to obtain patents and licenses for intellectual property they create while working at the agency.

CIA is so  lame.  I explain below.

Bottom line up front: CIA is still incapable of holistic analytics and  true cost economics, does not do Global Coverage or domestic Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) decision-support including domestic trade support; still does not have  the sense-making tools depicted below; and still has shit management that neglects requirements definition, settles for expensive risky haphazard collection, processes less than 1% of what it collects, and provides at best 4% of what a major US leader needs, while lying to the President with impunity.

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In passing please note that despite Pottinger telling CIA it was important, they completely fucked up the entire COVID-19 matter which I got right, with only open sources, in mid-February. And counterintelligence in the USA on the scamdemic and insider trading appears to still be completely absent.

CIA is  the most retarded toxic IT environment I have every seen. When I was in the Directorate of Operations (DO), back in HQS after three back- to-back  tours overseas, I observed the fact that the Directorate of Intelligence (DI) had successfully off-loaded all its failed Delta Data computers on the DO **after** the company went out of business and could no longer provide service.

The DO is completely isolated from the rest of the IC (and neither demands nor complains about the lack of NSA support to tactical clandestine human collection operations), and ignoring 90% of the human sources as shown below.

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Information Management Staff (IMS) in the DO tried hard but was retarded.  They had never in their history done a full Functional  Requirements Survey across all categories of individuals and tasks.  When the Office of Weapons and Scientific Research (OSWR) under Gordon Oehler produced CATALYST — Computer Aided Tools for the Analysis of Science & Technology as shown in the first graphic, both the DI and the DO ignored it — and they still don't have these fundamental tools today at the desktop OR the back office level.

Retards by design.

It was the Directorate of Administration (DA) under Bill Donnelly that discovered I had a brain, and I was recruited out of the DO to be the lead for both Project George (advanced computing for clandestine operations) and Project Tess (advanced computing for holistic analytics). Clair George, the DDO at the time,  told me (and Bill Donnelly) to fuck off, the DO did not need no stinking smart computers.  Then Bill Casey died, and between that and my pissing Ted Price off by refusing a job in Covert Action Staff, my CIA career was over.

By the grace of God the Marine Corps offered me the new second ranking civilian position in Marine Corps Intelligence and I went back to  them as a GS-14 to create the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity.

I left CIA knowing it knew nothing about IT.  At MCIA I learned CIA knew nothing about the real world — what is called Global Coverage — and that CIA refused to take Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) seriously.  So I started that revolution, and was fought every step of the way by CIA even after I got the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve $2B a year for a new Open Source Agency.  The timeline is at the end of this post.

We now know that CIA's Office of Research & Development (ORD) helped Google and other social media companies get off the ground and become illegal unconstitutional surveillance engines, but ORD never understood nor valued sense-making, and IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity) as well as its Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are both corrupt the the bone and stunningly stupid as well when it comes to sense-making.  The are good at contract fraud and spending money. They are not good at what really matters.

This new CIA center is flawed at multiple levels including a lack of ethics — no government employee should be allowed to patent anything, it should be both open source and protected as a Commonwealth asset that cannot, for example, be stolen by Amazon and “fenced” from the public for a fee.

Below are just a couple of references.  The time has come to fire Gina Haspel, I would be very pleased if Mike Flynn were to become the new Director on a path toward the dissolution of the Director of National Intelligence and the restoration of the Director of Central Intelligence.

I will say that I no longer believe we should fire two thirds of the IC. Instead Bill Golden has persuaded me that we should redirect one third of the IC toward Global Coverage (Third World, topics not covered by the IC which is to say 96% of what we need to know), while the other third is redirected toward OSINT and domestic cultural and economic counterintelligence and decision support. This is what we need to build that does not exist:

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I never thought I would say this, since we used to put the second class case officers into counterintelligence: counterintelligence needs to be the first string. We need to treat traitors, elite pedophiles, and white collar criminals as enemy combatants, the United States of America now being in a state of war, and simply take them off the street never to be seen again.

Steele Sends.

Selected References:


PRINT: Steele, Robert, REINVENTING ENGINEERING: The Ultimate Hack — Creating a Prosperous World at Peace with Open Source Everything (Amazon CreateSpace, Earth Intelligence Network, 2020).

PRINT: Steele, Robert, REINVENTING INTELLIGENCE: 30 Years in the Wilderness (Trump Revolution 46) (Amazon CreateSpace, Earth Intelligence Network, 2019).

PRINT: Steele, Robert, REINVENTING NATIONAL SECURITY: Grand Strategy, Global Reality, and the U.S. Army — Everything Our President Is Not Being Told (Trump Revolution 45) (Amazon CreateSpace, Earth Intelligence Network, November 2019).


Steele, Robert. “Augmented Intelligence with Human-Machine Integrity: Future-Oriented Hybrid Governance Integrating Holistic Analytics, True Cost Economics, and Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE),” in Daniel Araya. Augmented Intelligence: Smart Systems and the Future of Work and Learning. Bern, CH: Peter Lang Publishing., 2018.

Steele, Robert. “Foreword,” in Stephen E. Arnold, CyberOSINT: Next Generation Information Access, Harrods Creek, KY: Arnold Information Technology, 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. “Open Source Intelligence (Strategic),” in Loch Johnson (ed.), Strategic Intelligence: The Intelligence Cycle, Westport, CT: Praeger, 2007, Chapter 6, pp. 96-122.

Steele, Robert. “Creating a Smart Nation” in Mark Tovey (ed.), Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace, Oakton, VA: Earth Intelligence Network, 2008, pp 107-130.

Steele, Robert. “World Brain as Earth Game,” in Mark Tovey (ed.), Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace, Oakton, VA: Earth Intelligence Network, 2008, pp 389-398

Steele, Robert. “New Rules for the New Craft of Intelligence,” in Robert David Steele,  The New Craft of Intelligence: Personal, Public, & Political–Citizen’s Action Handbook for Fighting Terrorism, Genocide, Disease, Toxic Bombs, & Corruption, Oakton, VA: Open Source Solutions, Inc., 2002, Chapter 15, pp. 147-161.

NATO  Working Papers (Steele)

2020 Robert Steele: NATO 2040: Intelligence (Decision-Support) as Root for Transformation [Final Author’s Draft]

2015 NATO Strategic Foresight Wrap-Up by Robert Steele

2013 Robert Steele Foreword to NATO Book on Public Intelligence for Public Health

2000 ONE WORLD, READY OR NOT: From National Capabilities to Global Coverage Through a Virtual Intelligence Community Coordinated by NATO/PfP

CIA Working Papers

1997 Sutton (US) The Challenge of Global Coverage

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

1989 Webb (US) CATALYST: Computer-Aided Tools for the Analysis of Science & Technology

Timeline (1988-2000):

1988 USMC Intelligence Center established, Robert David Steele founds modern discipline of OSINT

1988 Commandant of the Marine Corps publishes article calling for increased attention to OSINT

1990 Dutch military intelligence establishes first OSINT unit, forbids classified collection if OSINT can do

1992 USMC proposes alternative National Intelligence Topics for OOTW/GWOT using OSINT

1992 DDCI agrees to keynote conference on OSINT – CIA demands that USMC shut down the conference

1992 Community Open Source Program Office (COSPO) established

1993 Scotland Yard establishes world’s first LEA OSINT Centre

1995 In Aspen-Brown benchmark exercise on Burundi, US IC smashed by OSINT in 24 hours, six calls

1996 Government Information Quarterly publishes a Special Feature on creating a Smart Nation

1997 JMITC OSINT Handbook published

1997 CINCSOC briefed, creates J-26 which immediately solves 40% of all SOF EEI with 22 people, $5M

1997 CINCENT goes on record as saying secret sources and methods provide “at best” 4% of need

1997 Aspin-Brown calls for DCI to pay greater attention to, and provide more funding for, OSINT

1997 DCI Study The Challenge of Global Coverage concludes $2B a year needed for OSINT – censored!

1998 COSPO proposes Consolidated Open Source Program, DDCI/CM refuses to allow this to happen

2000 OMB ADD/NS briefs DD/OMB who agrees that an OSA is needed at IOC $125M, FOC $2B

2000 NATO/PfP flags for military intelligence briefed on OSINT

2001 NATO OSINT Handbook published out of SACLANT (today ATC)

2002 NATO OSINT Reader published out of SACLANT (today ATC)

2004 Department of State hosts OSINT briefing, standing room only in largest auditorium.  INR blocks

2004 SOF Civil Affairs Brigade sponsors draft SOF OSINT Handbook

2004 9/11 Commission includes OSA on pages 23 and 423 (added at 0300, no text, SES blood shed)

2005 Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Open Source created, abolished within two years

2006 National Defense Authorization Act requires Department of Defense to establish OSINT program

2006 OSINT conference series concludes with 750 international speakers, 7,500 trained over 15 years

2007 OSINT chapter included in definitive five volume study of strategic intelligence

2007 Amazon receives capstone briefing on OSINT and need to create all-source processing cloud

2009 USDI receives OSINT Leadership & Staff briefings; DoD offers $2B/Year to SOCOM, they decline

2010 OMB ADD/NS confirms OMB support for OSA at $2B/year contingent on Cabinet or WH demand

2010 Robert Steele interviewed for DISL DH DIA, writes HUMINT monograph cleared by DoD and CIA

2012 The Open Source Everything Manifesto published, lists 60 opens relevant to GWOT/OOTW

2014 IEEE recognizes potential of OSINT as a source of national information power, publishes article.

2016 Danish Ministry of Defence hosts conference on OSINT Done Right, NATO toys with Centre

2016 Donald Trump elected President of the United States of America, not happy with US IC

2017 Recognition of Internet censorship and data manipulation widespread, need for Web 3.0 seen

2019 REINVENTING ENGINEERING: The Ultimate Hack published

2019 OSA proposed to White House, said to be in staffing – OSA triples POTUS public power.

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