INTELLIGENCE with INTEGRITY: Enabling Hybrid Public Governance with Open-Source Decision-Support [Table of Contents]

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Table of Contents


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Technical Preface: Thinking & The Truth with Michael Kearns


Part I:  Ethical Evidence-Based Decision-Support


Chapter 1:  Public Governance & Public Intelligence


Chapter 2:  The InfoSphere & Its Enemies


Chapter 3:  The Human Factor – Theory & Practice


Chapter 4:  Four Domains for Applied Intelligence


Chapter 5:  System Thinking & True Cost Economics


Part II:  Reality—What Do We Need to Know?


Chapter 6:  Seven Sins of Institutional Leaders


Chapter 7:  Legitimate Grievances


Chapter 8:  Ten High-Level Threats


Chapter 9:  Twelve Core Policies


Chapter 10:  Eight Tribes, Eight Demographics


Part III:  The Practice of Intelligence as Decision-Support


Chapter 11:  Intelligence as Process, Product, & Service


Chapter 12:  Open & Human Sources


Chapter 13:  Signals & Imagery Sources


Chapter 14:  The Functions of Intelligence


Chapter 15:  New Rules for the New Craft of Intelligence


Part IV:  Intangible Values, Practical Networks


Chapter 16:  Accountability, Ethics, Legitimacy, & Trust


Chapter 17:  Open Source Agency (OSA)


Chapter 18:  National Planning & Monitoring Center (NPMC)


Chapter 19:  Multinational Decision-Support Centre (MDSC)


Chapter 20:  United Nations Open-Source Decision-Support Information Network (UNODIN)


Epilogue:  Creating a Smart Nation: the Integration of Education, Intelligence, & Research


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2010 INTELLIGENCE FOR EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity & Sustainability

Capstone book on hybrid governance based on shared information and ethical evidence-based decision-making

A massive cultural tsunami is sweeping round the world as the five billion poor acquire Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and the one billion rich realize that the era of Empire Rule Of, By, and For the Few is over. Happily, this is a revolution in human affairs that will be non-violent for the simple reason that no redistribution of existing wealth can match the infinite new wealth that the entrepreneurial poor can create for themselves when empowered with ICT.

We are entering an era in which global networks and the sharing of information can create revolutionary wealth at the micro-level, while enabling the harmonization of investments at the macro-level. This is an era in which transparency of cost and effect will eradicate corruption, fraud, waste, and abuse at the same time that it makes possible global to local engagement and collaboration such that we can create a prosperous world at peace. This is an era in which we will see a bottom-up conscious evolution of humanity that liberates and leverages the one inexhaustible resource we have: the human brain.

In 2004 the Secretary-General s High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change published its findings as A more secure world: our shared responsibility. Unlike other extraordinary books this remarkable endeavor not only achieved consensus among diverse contributing Members, but actually prioritized the ten high-level threats to humanity as follows:
01 Poverty
02 Infectious Disease
03 Environmental Degradation
04 Inter-State Conflict
05 Civil War
06 Genocide
07 Other Atrocities
08 Proliferation
09 Terrorism
10 Transnational Crime

Inspired by this analytically-robust identification and prioritization of the ten high-level threats to humanity, the author funded and organized Earth Intelligence Network (EIN), a 501c3 Public Charity, to provide the United Nations (UN) and its Member states, all private sector and civil society organizations, and the public at large, with a strategic analytic model suitable for creating public intelligence in the public interest.

This book is intended to be a catalyst for the creation of the United Nations Open-Source Decision-Support Information Network (UNODIN), and the establishment of the Office of the Assistant Secretary General for Decision-Support (ASG/DS). Should a sufficiency of the Member nations concur, this book also provides a model for creating a Multinational Decision-Support Centre (MDSC) using the military as a hub for global access to unclassified information from the other seven tribes of intelligence [academia, civil society, commerce, government, law enforcement, media, and non-profit or non-governmental] combined with multinational sense-making and unclassified decision-support for stabilization & reconstruction, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief operations.

EIN has achieved several modest breakthroughs that are outlined within this book, which is a capstone work, completely original but deeply rooted in thirty years of professional experience and intellectual reflection. The ideas in this book are implementable today.

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2006 INFORMATION OPERATIONS: All Information in All Languages All the Time
Still the best overview of “real” Information Operations, vice cyber-idiocy

This book is the third in the series to date. The first, ON INTELLIGENCE: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World, documented in great detail all that is wrong with the predominantly secret U.S. Intelligence Community–virtually none of the problems have been fixed in the aftermath of 9-11. The second book, THE NEW CRAFT OF INTELLIGENCE: Personal, Public, & Political, outlined a new method of achieving public collective intelligence by harnessing the distributed knowledge of the seven tribes of intelligence (government, military, law enforcement, business, academia, ground truth–non-governmental organizations & the media, and civil–citizens, labor unions, and religions. The secret government intelligence tribe continues to ignore the other six tribes and waste close to $60 billion a year doing things the old way, only with greater waster. This third book is a technical manifestation of the Brahimi Plan, and shows the way to create a World Brain that allows for the optimal access by all citizens and their organizations–including rather uninformed governments–to all information in all languages all the time. As with the first two books, the annotated bibliography is a book unto itself.

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2003 PEACEKEEPING INTELLIGENCE: Emerging Concepts for the Future
Still the best book on information peacekeeping and peacekeeping intelligence

Each year millions of people die, are displaced, become diseased, or suffer severe depravations at the hands of rogue states, predatory ethnic groups or tribes, or ruthless terrorist and criminal organizations. Around the globe, while recognizing the important efforts of selected Nation-States and selected Non-Governmental Organizations, only one organization can be said to be truly concerned with global security and global prosperity in the common interest of all mankind: the United Nations. Unfortunately, the United Nations has chosen to ignore the proven process of “intelligence” by confusing it with espionage. Intelligence is not about espionage, it is about rationalized decision-support in which global sources of information in many languages and many mediums (oral, written, imaged) are deliberated collected, processed, analyzed, and presented to decision-makers in order to reduce uncertainty, suggest alternatives, and otherwise make instability more manageable. This book is the first book to bring together a combination of experienced United Nations military commanders, experienced national intelligence leaders, and scholars of United Nations and insurgency history. It combines the results of the first annual conference on peacekeeping intelligence help in The Netherlands in November 2002, with eight seminal works from the past, and three vital references for the future–extracts from the Brahimi Report with intelligence-related footnotes; a completely new Peacekeeping Intelligence Leadership Digest 1.0 distilled from the entire book into 35 pages; and pointers to both the three North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) doctrinal documents on Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and to a selective group of recent references, most available online. This book is, in essence, “Ref A” for the future of intelligence at the United Nations.

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2002 THE NEW CRAFT OF INTELLIGENCE: Personal, Public, & Political
Donate $25.  Still the one best book for any citizen not trusting their government to be honest

This book is the sequel to ON INTELLIGENCE: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World (AFCEA International Press, 2000). That book, written largely for government and corporate intelligence professionals, remains the basic reference volume for the future of global intelligence enterprises. This book, by contrast, is a completely new effort that is written for every citizen of every country—the “intelligence minutemen” of the 21st Century. In the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, attacks carried out by a non-state actor skilled at asymmetric warfare and using our own capabilities against us—attacks followed quickly by a nation-wide anthrax assault that closed Congress and terrified the U.S. Postal Service—it is imperative that every citizen have a clear-headed understanding of what is at stake and what needs to be done to keep not only America, but all civilized communities safe. It is especially imperative that citizens understand that the world is already at war, with millions of refugees in 67 countries, plagues sweeping across 59 countries, mass starvation in 27 countries, and deliberate genocide campaigns in 18 countries. These are “facts of life” that our schools, our media and even our intelligence communities have been unwilling and unable to represent intelligently to the public. It is against this backdrop of global chaos that terrorism rises.

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2000 ON INTELLIGENCE: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World
Still the best tough love critique and prescription for the future.  Collector’s item.

The author of this book has produced one of the very best and most interesting books to date on intelligence reform and transformation. It is extremely well written and provokingly thoughtful on many critical issues as we decide what we want from our Intelligence Community in the 21st Century and how we want to achieve those results. His economic, business and organizational logic is right on track for a wide range of relevant and timely topics. One is amazed at how much detail the author provided without getting the reader “lost in the trees with no sense of the forest”. His reference approach is also outstanding in two regards: (1) he carefully documents the source of many of the great authors and thinkers and practitioners sited, and (2) he gives the reader access to a much broader set of view points (some of which no doubt conflict with his own views). Whether you agree with all of Steele’s ideas or not is irrelevant. This is just excellent stuff and should be required reading for all members and staff of all of the Congressional oversight committees as well as the various commissions that review aspects of one sort or another of our national intelligence community. Beyond that it will undoubtedly be of interest to anyone who is concerned about the role of Intelligence in National Security.

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Jan 13

Books on Intelligence & Information Operations by Robert David STEELE Vivas et al

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De Jong, Ben, Weiss Platje and Robert David Steele (eds.) (2003).  PEACEKEEPING INTELLIGENCE: Emerging Concepts for the Future.  Oakton, VA: OSS International Press.

Steele, Robert David (2000).  ON INTELLIGENCE: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World.  Fairfax, VA: Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

Steele, Robert David (2002).  THE NEW CRAFT OF INTELLIGENCE: Personal, Public, & Political.  Oakton, VA: OSS International Press.

Steele, Robert David (2006).  INFORMATION OPERATIONS: All Information in All Languages All the Time.  Oakton, VA: OSS International Press.

Steele, Robert David (2006).  THE SMART NATION ACT: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest.  Oakton, VA: OSS International Press.

Steele, Robert David (2008).  ELECTION 2008: Lipstick on the Pig.  Oakton, VA: Earth Intelligence Network.

Steele, Robert David (2010).  INTELLIGENCE FOR EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity & Sustainability.  Oakton, VA: Earth Intelligence Network.

Steele, Robert David (2012).  THE OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING MANIFESTO: Transparency, Truth & Trust.  Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books/Evolver Editions.

Tovey, Mark (ed.) (2008).  COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace.  Oakton, VA: Earth Intelligence Network.

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2012 The Open Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth, & Trust (Evolver Editions, June 2012)

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Extracts, Reviews, 33 Slides in Color, Amazon Rankings: THE OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING MANIFESTO – Transparency, Truth, & Trust . . . the meme, the mind-set, and the method

Back Cover:  What the world lacks right now–especially the United States, where every form of organization from government to banks to labor unions has betrayed the public trust–is integrity. Also lacking is public intelligence in the sense of decision-support: knowing what one needs to know in order to make honest decisions for the good of all, rather than corrupt decisions for the good of the few. “The Open-Source Everything Manifesto “is a distillation of author, strategist, analyst, and reformer Robert David Steele life’s work: the transition from top-down secret command and control to a world of bottom-up, consensual, collective decision-making as a means to solve the major crises facing our world today. The book is intended to be a catalyst for citizen dialog and deliberation, and for inspiring the continued evolution of a nation in which all citizens realize our shared aspiration of direct democracy–informed participatory democracy. Open-Source Everything is a cultural and philosophical concept that is essential to creating a prosperous world at peace, a world that works for one hundred percent of humanity. The future of intelligence is not secret, not federal, and not expensive. It is about transparency, truth, and trust among our local to global collective. Only “open” is scalable. As we strive to recover from the closed world corruption and secrecy that has enabled massive fraud within governments, banks, corporations, and even non-profits and universities, this timely book is a manifesto for liberation–not just open technology, but open “everything.”

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2010 INTELLIGENCE FOR EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability

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2010: Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Trilogy Updated

2010 The Ultimate Hack Re-Inventing Intelligence to Re-Engineer Earth (Chapter for Counter-Terrorism Book Out of Denmark)

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Books: Collective Intelligence Translated

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Our colleagues in Brazil and Chile are in the process of securing both the local translations for the entire book (harnessing collective intellingence and hundreds of collaborators via a web-based “page at a time” endeavor) and also securing appropriate Foreword and Professional Preface sponsors.

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Jan 27

Books: Intelligence for Peace (PKI Book Two) Finalizing


PKI Book Two

PKI Book Two

INTELLIGENCE for PEACE: Multinational, Multifunctional Information-Sharing and Sense-Making, edited by Col Jan-Inge Svensson, SE (Ret), the foremost authority and educator on peace intelligence and the use of unclassified decisions support, goes to the printer on or about 1 December 2009.

This is the sequel to PEACEKEEPING INTELLIGENCE: Emerging Concepts for the Future.

Anyone wishing to contribute to this book, now tentatively scheduled to go to the printer on 1 December, must contact Col Svensson at the Folke Bernadotte Academy.  Ideally, submit to him a one page overview of the proposed piece, which must address practical concepts, doctrines, tactics, tools, and produres relevant to peace intelligence.  This book is intended to be the interim handbook for the United Nations Open-Source Decision-Support Information Network (UNODIN), a global grid that incorporates the Joint Military Analysis Centers (JMAC) and Joint Operations Centers (JOC), but does all that the Brahimi Report recommended, and more.

Over 35 peices are now in hand and being weeded down, in many cases simply being shortened with an easy link to the longer online version.  As with all OSS/EIN books, the book–and in this case–additional supporting materials–will be easily available online at

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2008 COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace

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I conceptualized this book with help from Tom Atlee and George Por, but after discovering Mark Tovey, a Canadian PhD student exploring the intersection of Collective Intelligence (not yet an accepted academic discipline) and Cognitive Science (very scientific, not properly addressing the humanity of it all), I turned the book over to him and he literally doubled the content, added organizational coherence I would not have been capable of, and created the first book in the new discipline of Collective Intelligence.

This is also the first book published under the banner of Earth Intelligence Network, a 501c3 Public Charity developing public intelligence in the public interest.  We are especially focused on the EarthGame developed by Medard Gabel, who created the World Game with Buckminster Fuller, believing that in such a Serious Game we can achieve both a fully-informed public and the ability to self-govern at the line-item level as active members of multiple communities–Panarchy instead of Anarchy, with Zero Waste.

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2008 ELECTION 2008: Lipstick on the Pig

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This is my most patriotic book, and a very serious book.  All of the chapters and the 500+ non-fiction annotated bibliography are available as individual downloads:


Paradigms of Failure

The Substance of Governance

Legitimate Grievances (US Internal)

Legitimate Grievances (Anti-US Global)

Candidates on the Issues

Balanced Budget 101

Call to Arms: Fund We Not Them

Annotated Bibliography

I dare to hope that serious people considering me for any mission or any task will recognize the earnest civic value of this contribution.  Certainly I know that the public is waking up to the “Borg” that uses the Presidency as theater while Wall Street controls, the Treasury, Justice, and the Federal Reserve (which is neither Federal nor a Reserve).

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Jul 7

2006 THE SMART NATION ACT: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest

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Congressman Rob Simmons (R-CT-02) lost by eighty-three votes in 2006.  A retired U.S. Army Colonel who pioneered Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and whose service on the House Committee for Homeland Security focused on the urgency of greating public intelligence useful to our state, county, municipality, and tribal leaders, his defeat came in part because two editorial boards in his district turned against him with the tide of the times, completely unaware of his very big ideas.  This book, published in 2006, was distributed to every member of the House by his staff, and to every Senator by my staff, and we can now be quite certain that not a single Member every actually read this book (just as they do not actually read the legislation they vote on such as the Patriot Act).  To read Congressman Simmon’s Forword only, click on his photo below.

Rob Simmons

Rob Simmons

For a number of related references in the related areas of electoral, intelligence, governance, and national security reform, see Search: smart nation intelligence reform electoral reform national security reform

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