This graphic was inspired by both the work of LtCol Gary Beaver, USA (Ret), then in Bosnia, and the efforts of the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to create a global inter-agency information sharing capability. We still need this, at the global as well as the regional levels.
We’ve formed the conclusion over time that leaders spend too much time on the 20% that is contentious or worrysome, and not nearly enough time on the 80% that is of common interest but perhaps not controversial. We have all failed for decades, since the value of information as a tangible and intangible “good” has been recognized, to create an information commons. This graphic, first created for the Peacekeeping Intelligence Conference in Sweden in December 2004. The time has come to unity humanity with information shared and sense made, and in so doing, to harness the wealth-creating power of the human brain in all its forms.
Mike Hayden introduced the important concept of being able to connect the dots across disciplines from ingestion point onwards, not only at the finished production level. Steve Edwards flipped chart to show dots coming it at the top, and Robert Steele added the last three bars, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), Information Operations (IO), and all Other.
There was a time when we had the International Standards Organization (ISO) intereseted in possibly creating an ISO series for intelligence as a means of helping the eight tribes of intelligence do more information-sharing and sense-making together. That died in part because standards kill military-industrial-intelligence sweetheart contracts that are not in compliance and no not want to be in compliance–exclusive “single point” lock-in is the Holy Grail for those who abuse the public trust. Standards are right up there with transparency as being threats to the status quo.
This was inspired by Harold Wilenski’s book, Organizational Intelligence (Knowledge and Policy in Government and Industry), and Robert Steele’s growing awareness that what passes for “Knowledge Management” is nothing more than internal data mining. Augmented by an understanding of collaboration networks and by the growing but still immature field of commercial intelligence, the chart took shape rather quickly.
Not anticipated, but now consistent with both the strategic direction of the Earth Intelligence Network, and the reality of how cell phones rather than laptops are the device of choice for the poor, was the seminal role of the cell phone as the device of choice for achieving organizational intelligence.
It can be useful placed side by side with Nova Spivak’s Meta-Web illustration to see a convergence of the technical-centered (Spivak) and the human-centered (Steele).
This is a way of looking at Information Operations (IO) in an integrated fashion. It is not possible to be effective at IO (of which all-source intelligence less than 10% of the total) or at governance at any level (global to local) without a holistic appreciation of all forms of knowledge.
Col Dr. Max Manwaring defined the first six generations of warfare, Robert Steele converted those to information operaitons (IO) eras, and added the 7th era, which is easiy to achieve with leadership integrity, virtually impossible to achieve as long as any government persists in retaining legacy systems that are stovepipes within stovepipes surrounded by security and legal and personality strait-jackets from earlier eras and totally ignorant of modern possibilities.
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 slide, less the bulls-eye that still does not exist, was created by the Collection Requirements & Evaluation Staff (CRES) of the Directorate of Intelligence (DI) at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in the mid to late 1990’s. It is still more or less on target, which should give the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) something to think about–MASINT is a bust, HUMINT is inept, and OSINT is underfunded. Time for leadership.
*3 years after the fact, too late to fix, USMC was told that it had won, but the Admiral in charge of JNIDS said “We are a Navy shop, we will do a Navy problem.” This is emblematic of the pervasive corruption across DoD at every level across every mission area.