Answers on OSINT for India 15 – C4I2STAR, Diamond vs. Linear, M4IS2 vs. Unilateral



What is C4I2STAR (and its Permutations and Combinations)> Will OSINT follow M4I2 model or the old C4 model?

Why does OSINT Intel Cycle differ from the generic intel cycle? (Diamond Model vis-a-vis the Old Model)

Dear Colleague,

C4I2STAR is a sucking chest wound. The Chinese, Iranians, and Russians can neutralize all satellites at any time. We have not planned for this.

C4 generally stands for Command, Control, Communications, and Computes;

I2 generally stands for Intelligence and Inter-Operatbility;

STAR stands for Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance.

At this time, absent my being given the Open Source Agency (OSA), there  is no future for OSINT or M4IS2 which stands for Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making. I am not agonizing over this, I will focus on Web 3.0, but the President will pay a huge opportunity cost in foregoing an OSA as only I can create, quickly.

Below you will find more detail from 2009.

Definitions: M4IS2 (Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing & Sense-Making

The C4 model is dead. The USA cannot win a war against a peer competitor (China or Russia) or even a top flight asymmetric competitor (Iran). The USA has been gutted from within by the UK and Israel; we have been looted and all of our C4 systems have back doors and massive vulnerabilities at the same time that we lack intelligence and integrity.

1994 Sounding the Alarm on Cyber-Security

Berto Jongman: US National Security Achilles Heel – Electromagnetic Spectrum’s Vulnerability to Being Fried

Chuck Spinney with Pierre Sprey & Winslow T. Wheeler: Bankrupt and Irrelevant – the Presidential Debates and Four Recent Studies on Pentagon Spending

The diamond paradigm is a classic example of perjury from my work. Here is my origiinal depiction of the diamond paradigm at a conference in Canada subsequently included in a special issue of Intelligence and National Intelligence as well as a book. This idea was so well-regarded at the time that it was selected for inclusion in the conference high points as presented at the end of the conference by a senior government official and discussant.

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

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The most obvious reason why I conceptualized my original development of the Diamond Paradigm since stolen from me without attribution is two-fold:

First, because OSINT sources are open, there is no  risk to having them speak directly to the customer.

Second, in the modern era of intelligence that I address in the chapter and article below, decision-support must move toward being both near-real time and holistic with integrated true costs economics. The secret world and the Cabinet both fall short.

Lastly, I find that most customers will not do “requirements” that have to be specified and written down but they will have a conversations with a top expert and that conversation will be NUANCED — it will yield new questions and new answers not available in print or online tailored to the need. Such conversations should be organized by the all-source analyst, recorded if possible, and entered into an in-house database of RESTRICTED OSINT.

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. “Healing the Self & Healing the World: The Open Source Way,” Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, 2 September 2017 no longer available where previously published in Defence and Intelligence Norway, 13 September 2017.

This is a useful related national-level overview:

Steele, Robert. “Reinventer Le Renseignement: Vision et Strategie / Reinventing Intelligence: The Vision and the Strategy,” International Defense & Technologies, December 1995.

All of these people, both within the US secret government world and the contractors and think tanks that feed at public expense on secret dollars, lack intelligence and integrity (I speak of the influencers including RAND, not of the 90% good people trapped in a bad system). They steal from my work with impunity while also refusing to recognize that I have been 30 years ahead of the pack and that implementing my ideas would radically accelerate the reinvention of national security, intelligence, and engineering (national prosperity at a local level).


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