Robert David Steele has ONE political position: that integrity must be restored to the US electoral system, and thence to US governance, the US economy, and US society. We must break the back of the two-party tyranny and restore the primacy of We the People — all of the people — over our local to national governance process. People over parties. Integrity over corruption.
The Electoral Reform Summit and the Electoral Reform Act of 2015, together with the creation of the long-envisioned public intelligence network as designed by the non-profit Earth Intelligence Network, are how we do this. Do consider his essay on Democracy Lost supplemented by Amazon book reviews.
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I was quite surprised to see multiple searches using the same language. It is an important question that I have been asking — and answering — since 1988 when I helped create the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (today a mini-me of the larger mis-directed secret intelligence world).
My six challeges defined and published (with pre-publication clearance as usual) in 1994 have still not been met because we have not had any intelligence “leaders” willing to commit to intelligence with integrity.
I now believe that the DNI was a wrong turn. The next DNI should be charged by the next President with dismantling the DNI, restoring the DCI position, and executing a variety of straight-forward reforms that I have championed for a quarter century. A transformative intelligence reform process would shut down ODNI, restore the DCI, create an Open Source Agency (OSA), and elevate the National Intelligence Council (NIC) to the Executive Office of the President (EOP). Somewhere in there OMB, Congress, the media, and the public would receive public (open unclassified) ethical evidence-based decision-support on all threats, policies, and country counterparts, while creating Community Decision-Support Networks that implement the proven process of intelligence at the local, county, state, and regional issue management levels.
HUMAN INTELLIGENCE (HUMINT): As with many other definitions, this one has been abjectly corrupted by over two centuries of government emphasis on secret sources & methods to the exclusion of proper stewardship of education, open source intelligence, and research. HUMINT is any process that relies on a human mind to collect, process, and convert data and information into intelligence. 99% of HUMINT is not secret or expensive. Most of its is also not in English. Below is illustrated a concept for “Full Spectrum HUMINT” that leads to Organizational Intelligence and ultimately to a Smart Nation, a Smart Continent (Africa First), and a Prosperous World at Peace.
Phi Beta Iota: Robert Steele is available to mentor, train, & manage 21st Century HUMINT/OSINT operations. OSINT is HUMINT, not TECHINT. HUMINT is best done multinationally, not unilaterally. Clandestine HUMINT cannot be done from within official cover installations. Clandestine HUMINT can generally not be done by active duty personnel with a corafam shoe mind-set or by young people who have led boring US-based lives. To be effective, HUMINT requires a cultural, historical, and linguistic analytic foundation and a ruthless pervasive counterintelligence safety net — none of these are characteristic of USA “HUMINT” at this time. Email him at robert.david.steele.vivas [at] gmail [dot] com. Non-US governments and non-state emissaries are welcome to communicate as securely as they wish to 11005 Langton Arms Court, Oakton VA 22124.
There is nothing new about open source information. What is new about open source intelligence
(ethical evidence-based decision-support based solely on open, legal, ethical sources and methods)
is the attempt to fully integrate the proven process of intelligence
(requirements definition, collection management, source discovery and validation, multi-source fusion (both machine and human), visualization (both machine and human), analytic tradecraft, and communication to those who wish to make an informed decision).
Intelligence is DECISION-SUPPORT. It is required at four levels (strategic, operational, tactical, technical) across all mission areas, and is best when it is holistic — most of what the secret world does is NOT intelligence, it is merely classified spending with very little decision support resulting.
Note: the hardest problem for any intelligence professional is finding a customer with integrity who actually wants to make a decision based on ethical evidence-based decision support. Most customers are arrogant, ignorant, and generally corrupt to the bone, making decisions on the basis of what they think they know, or what someone has paid them to think is in their selfish interest. This is why we have wasted so much blood, treasure and spirit (the national soul is black right now) since 2000.
The second hardest problem is achieving the moral and intellectual mind-shift away from drowning in money and inputs that emphasize technology, and migrating toward the more professional focus on humans and outputs — decision-support. That is the second hardest because it can be achieved without demanding that the consumer have integrity — only the intelligence professional needs to reconnect with their integrity (in the holistic all source sense).
15 searches for this phrase today. It’s really three completely different concepts:
01 21st Century war at sea (submarine, surface, air, and electromagnetic)
02 21st Century sea control (special focus on non-state maritime actors)
03 21st Century maritime environment (Arctic, rising sea level, pollution, fisheries, minerals, role of the ocean as source for desalinated water, infinite free energy).
China’s new emphasis on maritime power does not in any way justify the insane “pivot to Asia.” There is no pivot to Asia, to do so would be to put the US Navy into the same sad position that the US Army now occupies, having been put into Afghhanistan and Iraq on the basis of hundreds of lies and multiple acts of treason by political “leaders” who betrayed the public trust.
If someone wants to send an email to robert.david.steele.vivas [at] gmail [dot] com, interested in discussing the context for the query. Below are a few hits from both Phi Beta Iota and the broader Internet, with a special tribute to Col Dr. Max Manwaring, who understood environmental security decades before everyone else. Neither NMITC nor MCIA are serious about strategic intelligence — it would be quite useful to get a DEEP BLUE SHALLOW BROWN team together that is.
This is an emerging possibility. Below is the original but newly revised link on the Open Source Agency. Central to the revision is the growing understanding within NATO, SOCOM, and AFRICOM that “traditional” C2 (proprietary) and “traditional” intelligence (secret) are Dead on Arrival (DOA). The new meme within official circles is Alternative C2 and Alternative ISR. Both are open. At least one OSD principal is starting to wrap their mind around this, and NDU may be the surprise catalyst for change.
The first map may be what you are looking for, it is generic in nature.
Here is a 2013 map, showing a sharp decline but still a strong threat. Piracy is not “an expensive enough problem” for the US Government to take it seriously. This was clearly and explicitly laid out, down to commercial imagery of the villages, docks, and specific boats, in a CENTCOM J-2 Plans memorandum written in 2005. The emerging threat and the need to take non-state and individual actors seriously has been on the table since 1988. There just is not enough money in it to get those who wish to be bribed and those who do the bribing interested.
Eventually there could be a safe passage marketplace that is funded by insurance companies utilizing rapid response private military contractors and full-up Internet access world-wide. Eventually publics are going to refuse to pay for government programs that are rooted in corruption and buying “big” things that do not serve the public interest. Right now we are all caught between the rotting dinosaurs and the hatching birds of paradise.
ROBERT STEELE: I have elected to answer this personally. It may well be the most fundamental question this web site has received in that any corruption in the answer to this question assures the failure of any strategy, policy, acquisition, or operation that is spawned from an inherently corrupt — a deliberately corrupt — refusal to take the question seriously.
There are several ways to address this. The first is the most obvious, which is to say that the traditional threat is state on state conventional forces, and the non-traditional threats are everything else. Here in one chart is what General Al Gray, USMC, then Commandant of the Marine Corps, with my assistance as his ghost-writer, put in “Global Intelligence Challenges in the 1990’s” (American Intelligence Journal, Winter 1989-1990).
The whole point of that article was to suggest that both the US Intelligence Community and the US Department of Defense needed to radically alter how they trained, equipped, and organized. I now realize that it was corruption, not stupidity, that buried this message. As SOCOM and Navy Irregular Warfare said in defending their decision not to go after the Somali pirates from 2005-2008 and later, “it’s not an expensive enough problem.”
It’s not enough to focus on strategic open source information. You have to have a strategic analytic model, a viable OSE technical solution for information-sharing and sense-making that plays well with others and scales, and a deep commitment to actually doing M4IS2.