Charles Hampden-Turner’s book RADICAL MAN: The Process of Psycho-Social Development, remains one of the most important works with respect to making the most of our one inexhausible resource, the human brain. Below are covers of the book in both editions, with links to the Amazon page for each.
Human Intelligence (HUMINT) no longer exists as a serious craft in the USA. The Clandestine Service, a few exceptions not-with-standing relies almost completely on hand-outs from foreign liaison services who know the limits of American historical and cultural savoire faire, and the depth of American naivete. In the Department of Defense (DoD) the current clandestine training has been described as “push-ups done silently.” Across the government, the human brain and the inate value of the human being is at an all-time low and there appears to be no one of any leadership standing actually willing to demand that we get HUMINT right.
The view on the left is a view from one lacking the deep broad experience to challenge the secret mandarins. It is a subservient position that is both detrimental to the whole of the secret world, and incompatible with external multinational operations.
OSINT is a “hybrid” discipline that is simultaneously:
1. A full-fledged discipline in its own right demanding of its own Program, requirements and collection management system information technology architecture, multilateral global treaties and agreements vastly exceeding the bilateral ones characteristic of the secret world; and terms of reference that default to inclusion rather than exclusion.
2. A supporting discipine for each of the traditional secret disciplines, BUT one that must be fenced because the traditional discplines have clearly demonstrated they do not understand and cannot manage OSINT to good effect in spotting, assessing, and validating, in tip-off, in contextual reinforcement, etcetera.
3. A supporting discipline for each of the consumers of traditonal intelligence, who receive very little return on the taxpayer investment; AND a supporting discipline for all of the consumers, including Congress and the Departments of government outside the traditional national security arena (e.g. Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Veteran’s), all of whom know virtually nothing about OSINT, have virtually no real access to world-class OSINT, and are not likely in the near term to allocate or protect OSINT resources. Lest this be doubted, the last time Robert Steele spoke at the Department of State, they bragged that they had four OSINT analysts. Four–for the entire Department.
OSINT has become synonymous with subsevience to the secret government world, one reason why we have moved on to embrace Public and Collective Intelligence. From this day forward, the latter are fully independent of the secret world–we will trade the raw open source feed for money and unclassified sense-making; the secret world can have its open source feed and managers of the secret world can use the open source baseline to challenge the secret mandarins for performance and value improvements, but the secret world will never again be allowed to corrupt, constrain, or contain the emerging discipline of Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making (M4IS2).
With help from a talented person who must remain anonymous at this time, this was crafted years ago at a time when we thought Intelink-U would be allowed to mature and handle 90 or more countries. It is still stuck at 11 and has zero ability to ingest the multiple firehoses that are easily assembled today.
Pioneered by LtCol Beavers and others in Bosnia, this remains the single most brilliant depiction of what all of our inter-agency task force networks should like like. This is not rocket science, it just requires integrity, intelligence, and imagination on the part of each Commander.
This remains the intellectual property of Robert Steele and is the core concept for ultimately creating a World Brain and EarthGame that engage all human minds and connect all humans to all information in all languages all the time.
Both the Open Source Information System – External (OSIS-X) and Intelink – X will be United Nations “virtual clouds” that achieve a degree of assured security that is good enough through to the secret level, and thus able to engage all in what the Swedes call Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making (M4IS2).
This was the basic OSINT cell recommended to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in 1990. We still need to get to where every Agency and every major Command and every partner across each of the other seven tribes of intelligence has such a cell, and they are all linked in a global Open Source Information System – External (OSIS-X) that is NOT controlled by the USA.
First presented in Canada in 1994, this was the first depiction of how out-of-date the existing government intelligence communities are. They are hierarchical Weberian stove-pipes out of touch with reality and anyone who is actually steeped in reality.
The old intelligence paradigm is on the left–a very controlled hierarchical stovepipe process that is best characterized as twelve-month planning cycles followed by three-month writing cycles and eighteen-month editing cycles. Most of what we produce is too late, not right, and not useful.
The new intelligence paradigm makes the acme of skill “knowing who knows” (with a tip of the hat to Stevan Dedijer) and the ability to put a consumer with a question in touch with a source (or multiple sources) who can create new tailored knowledge in the instant.
These remain the three core documents for OSINT available to the public. Any White OSINT training document that is restricted and cannot be shared with multinational individuals is not pure OSINT and is suspect. Similarly, any White OSINT that is “classified” is not OSINT and reflects no credit on those producing it. See them and others useful compilation in the Handbook section of this Public Intelligence Blog.