Who’s Who in Intelligence (Decision-Support): Robert David Steele – Hispanic Robert David STEELE Vivas



Am seeking speaking invitations on INTEL/IO and/or Electoral Reform.

Email me directly at robert.david.steele.vivas [at] gmail [dot] com.

Robert David STEELE Vivas

Robert David STEELE Vivas

The truth at any cost lowers all other costs.

My mission is to help any individual or organization create sustainable wealth by achieving intelligence (decision-support) with integrity (holistic analytics, true cost economics, open source everything engineering).

My focus is on eradicating the 50% that is waste, fraud, or abuse, while enabling typical organizations mired in legacy systems to go from 1-2% efficacy (e.g. in relation to Big Data) toward 10% and beyond. Information costs money; intelligence makes money.

My vision and deep broad knowledge and human network can be tailored to your situation — like the coach in Chariots of Fire, I am not you, but I can make you 1-10% faster, better, cheaper, and hence assure greater sustainable profit.

Robert David Steele Vivas

Robert David Steele Vivas

I am available to serve as a consultant, speaker, moderator, coach, workshop organizer across a very wide range of topics. I am a pioneer in the information operations and applied information technology arenas. My current focus is on the intersection of holistic analytics, true cost economics, and open source everything engineering. Read my Background Paper to the United Nations for a high-level view of possibilities on the information side — now combine that with a global trusted payments system that assures anonymnity on the one hand and exposes true costs at the point of sale on the other, and you begin to see the possibilities I can imagine.

I have spoken all over the world and across America (19 cities and towns) to groups from 10 to over 1,000. If desired, I can speak to any of my ten books, the two most recent professional books being The Open Source Everything Manifesto and Intelligence for Earth, both available at a 50% discount when bought by the case from the publisher.

Long-Term Professional Objective: to create an Open Source Agency, World Brain Institute, Multinational Decision-Support Centre, and a School for Future-Oriented Hybrid Governance.

2014 Robert Steele Open Letter to Vice President of the United States of America Joe Biden, The White House

Latest White Paper: Beyond Data Monitoring – Achieving the Sustainability Development Goals Through Intelligence (Decision-Support): Integrating Holistic Analytics, True Cost Economics, and Open Source Everything

Latest Reflection: Robert Steele – Peter Drucker from the Grave

Latest Keynote: Ecuadorean Intelligence Community (November 2014)

Latest Article: Applied Collective Intelligence (Spanda Journal, December 2014)

Latest Chapter: Foreword to Stephen E. Arnold’s CyberOSINT: Next Generation Information Access

Essay on 21st Century Leadership

Essay on 21st Century Education, Intelligence, & Research

Avocational Political Interest: Restoration of integrity to US electoral process and thence to government, economy, and society.

Robert Steele: Open Power Electoral Reform — Open Letter to Tom Steyer with Proposed Action Plan for Re-Asserting Public Sovereignty

Robert Steele: Death of a Nation — All Crazy, All Black, All Prisoners [Deal with It!]

2015 in CounterPunch: Counter-Coup: How Trump Can Win

2015 in CounterPunch: A Fantasy – On the Seventh Day

2014 in CounterPunch: Where is Jesse Ventura When You Need Him?

My two political books are OPEN POWER: Electoral Reform Act of 2-15 — Open Source Activist Tool-Kit, and ELECTION 2008: Lipstick on the Pig. The latter includes chapters on the substance of governance, a balanced budget, and legitimate grievances against the US Government by both domestic and foreign publics.

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As the pro bono CEO of Earth Intelligence Network (EIN), I offer my time free, asking only for expenses and a donation to EIN.


As an individual consultant I work on a 1099 basis. My specialty areas as a consultant include Collaborative Decision Making, Experiential Learning Systems, Data Collection and Intelligence Systems Remediation (including Big Data myths and mis-practices), and Executive Coaching for High Performance and Sustainable Development (introducing holistics analytics, true cost economics, and open source everything engineering to the endeavor).

Email me directly at robert.david.steele.vivas [at] gmail [dot] com.

Memorable URLs for this page include:

— Non-Profit: http://tinyurl.com/Steele2014

Commercial: http://robertdavidsteele.com

Professional Documents:

International Praise (Book Jacket Blurbs)

Robert Steele is unusual for an American…he is clearly internationalist in his orientation. He has written a book that can bring us together in facing our greatest enemies: ignorance, poverty, and mistrust.

Rear Admiral Hamit Gulemre Aybars, Turkish Navy (Retired)

Robert Steele’s vision for the future of intelligence is clearly “internationalist” in nature. It focuses on regional partnerships…and on the value of open source intelligence collection.

Rear Admiral Dr. Sigurd Hess, DE N(Ret), Former Chief of Staff, Allied Command Baltic Approaches

Constantly committed to truth and honesty, [his work] demonstrates his ability to grasp the real issues and to take into account the views and concerns of men of good will from all nations and all cultures.

Admiral Pierre Lacoste, French Navy (Ret), Former Director of Foreign Intelligence (DSGE)

Robert Steele goes well beyond the original visions of the best of the Directors of Central Intelligence, and has crafted a brilliant, sensible, and honorable future for the intelligence profession.

Major General Oleg Kalugin, KGB (Ret), former Elected Deputy to the Russian Parliament

Over a broad canvas reflecting the changing nature of information and information technologies, Robert Steele lays the foundation for the future of e-intelligence.

Commodore Patrick Tyrrell, OBE, Royal Navy, United Kingdom

Few have thought as deeply or imaginatively about such questions as a super-smart …  former Marine and intelligence officer named Robert D. Steele…

Alvin & Heidi Toffler, War & Anti-War: Survival at the Dawn of the 21st Century

Steele consistently has been well ahead of the pack in his appreciation for everything from open source research to the implications of technology…his work thrills with its insights and ideas.

Ralph Peters, Fighting for the Future: Will America Triumph?

Robert Steele is about 100 times as smart and 10,000 times as dangerous as the best of the hackers, for he is successfully hacking the most challenging of bureaucracies…for the right reasons.

Bruce Sterling in Hacker Crackdown: Law and Order on the Electronic Frontier

Steele’s concept is simple: Empower the citizen and private sector to gather and analyze intelligence so that we can make informed decisions [using] Open Source Intelligence gathering [that] is faster, smarter, cheaper…

Robert Young Pelton, author, World’s Most Dangerous Places, producer, Come Back Alive

Robert Steele deserves our admiration and our focused attention for bringing the idea of open source information to the fore. His passion to serve the nation by developing this new approach…is exemplary.

Lieutenant General Patrick Hughes, U.S. Army (Retired)
Former Director, Defense Intelligence Agency

Robert Steele storms into the core of intelligence issues without fear. The scope of his work is impressive and whether you agree with him or not, you cannot ignore what he says.

The Honorable Richard Kerr
Former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence

Profiles of Steele by Others:


Amazon Page

Amazon Page

Robert David STEELE Vivas [Vivas is the Latino matronymic] is the intellectual and spiritual practitioner leader of the third era of the craft of intelligence [decision-support], advancing the craft of intelligence far beyond the first era of secret war and the second era of strategic analytics over-whelmed by clandestine and covert programs never intended by President Harry Truman.

Specifically focused on open source everything and the role of transparency, truth, and trust in creating resilient and sustainable hybrid governance rooted in sharing information and collaborative multinational sense-making, he seeks to unify and harmonize  the eight communities that together create the “intelligence commons:” academia, civil society, commerce, government, law enforcement, media, military, and non-governmental/non-profit.

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Robert David STEELE Vivas is the academic and practitioner pioneer picking up for Buckminster Fuller, Russell Ackoff, and John N. Warfield, among others, advancing reflexive practice and whole systems analytics to create Smart Nations, the World Brain, and the Global Game.  As the foremost practioner-critic of wasteful and ineffective secret intelligence sources and methods (while still respecting the need for focused accountable secrecy), and as one of the foremost critics of organizational fraud, waste, and abuse — characterizing any falsehood or corrupt act as “sand in the gears” of a complex delicate whole system — he has led the creation of the Strategic Analytic Model and pioneered the concepts for hybrid forms of panarchy in which all minds are linked to all information in all languages all the time, allowing for the harnessing of collective intelligence and wisdom.

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Amazon Page

Best known outside the world of intelligence for his defense of hackers as pioneers on the bleeding edge full of the “right stuff,” and as the champion for “Open Source Everything” (OSE) he is also the comprehensive architect for electoral, intelligence, governance, and national security reform through the practice of reality-based decision making that is characterized by  intelligence applied with absolute integrity, while calling for a completely transparent process of Multinational, Multiagency, Multidsiciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making (M4IS2).

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Amazon Page

Robert David STEELE Vivas is a former Marine Corps infantry officer and then a CIA clandestine case officer (spy) against extremist targets including terrorist groups; the senior civilian founder of the Marine Corps Intelligence Center; author of many other seminal works relevant to commercial and civil society decision-support; an honorary hacker, and the number one non-fiction reviewer at Amazon.com.  He is highly skilled at program builds from scratch, documenting requirements, outlining human, technical, and other capabilities needed, and doing all the justification documentation from Service level to Congressional Budget Justification Book (CBJB).

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Amazon Page

As CEO of OSS.Net, Inc. Robert has worked with the U.S. Special Operations Command and other regional commands; with the Department of State, the United Nations, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, with EUROPOL, INTERPOL, and Scotland Yard; and with over 7,500 mid-career officers from across 66 countries attracted to his annual training conferences on real-world intelligence.  In 2006, inspired by the report of the UN High-Level Threat Panel, he created and funded Earth Intelligence Network, a 501c3, and organized 23 others in creating the Strategic Analytic Model for creating a prosperous world at peace.  He shut down OSS.Net, Inc. at the end of 2008, closing it legally at the end of 2010, and is at this time devoted to creating public intelligence in the public interest as the CEO (pro bono) of Earth Intelligence Network.  He is available for assignment and globally mobile.

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Robert grew up overseas as the son of an oil engineer, spending a decade in the Caribbean and South America and another decade in Asia before returning to the USA for college and his first graduate degree. After joining the Marine Corps as an infantry officer, and service over time in the infantry and as an S-1/Adjutant, he joined the CIA’s clandestine service and served in three overseas tours as a clandestine case officer or operations officer, one of the first to be assigned terrorists as a full time target. After three additional tours at CIA HQS, in counterintelligence, advanced information technology operations, and advanced national technical collection operations, he was asked by the Marine Corps to return to serve as the senior civilian responsible for creating the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity. This is where he realized that that the national secret intelligence world is an empty shell, largely useless and certainly not worth what we pay for it. From here he became a champion of Open Source Intelligence (“do not send a spy where a schoolboy can go”), and began a decade of service helping 66+ governments get a grip on what could be known legally and ethically, at very low cost, in 183 languages we do not speak. His comprehensive overview of the flaws within secret intelligence, and his agenda for reform, are offered in ON INTELLIGENCE: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World, with a Foreword from immediate past Chairman of the Senate Select Committee for Intelligence David Boren (D-OK). His second book, The New Craft of Intelligence, includes a Foreword by then SSCI Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS).

Four Ideas in One Place

Four Ideas in One Place

Robert David STEELE Vivas is a natural-born citizen of the USA (a son of New York and decades long resident of Virginia) who ran for President briefly, accepted by the Reform Party as a candidate for their nomination. Working with many others he created We the People Reform Coalition to aggregate the very best ideas from all sides. Using his status as a candidate he connected with every single other candidate from Ron Paul to Rocky Anderson. All of them, without exception, refused to come together around the central issue of our Republic, electoral reform. Today he continues to believe that Electoral Reform is the one demand that the public must make in order to restore intelligence and integrity to the US Government. Absent Electoral Reform, the USA is not a fully-functional democracy and generally does not represent the public interest across any of the policy domains. ELECTION 2008: Lipstick on the Pig, explores the substance of governance, legitimate grievances, and other aspects of doing democracy with integrity. More recently, OPEN POWER: Electoral Reform Act of 2015 – Open Source Activist Tool-Kit, outlines specific opportunites for achieving a non-violent revolution in electoral, governance, economic, and social affairs.

Personal Passion: Open Power – Electoral Reform

Personal Production:

French and Spanish Production

Top-Level Collected Contributions


Open Source Intelligence & Everything

Electoral Reform, Governance & Intelligence

SPY IMPROV at Hackers on Planet Earth

Vea Tambien (Steele in Spanish):

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