Books

2015

cover open powerSteele, Robert (2015). Open Power: Electoral Reform Act of 2015, Open Source Activist Tool-Kit, Amazon Kindle, February 24, 2015. 216 pp. $2.99.

In this book, a cry from the heart for a free and equal America in which we put the common sense and good intentions of We the People back into governance, I offer several years of work that started with my six minute briefing to Occupy in 2011 that went viral on Reddit and YouTube. I subsequently ran briefly for President, accepted by the Reform Party, so as to create the web site We the People Reform Coalition where I put the four big transpartisan ideas down in black and white: Electoral Reform; Coalition Cabinet; Balanced Budget; and an end to the existing tax system, replacing it with Edgar Feige’s Automated Payment Transaction (APT) Tax while also enacting both full employment and a coherent population and citizenship policy.

The two-party tyranny (Theresa Amato’s excellent term, in The Grand Illusion) has sold us out. It is intellectually vapid to think that addressing political money, or corruption, or any of a thousand other pet rocks, is going to help us in any way. The system is rigged and the system will stay rigged unless we — the 60% that have been disenfranchised — assert our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, honor the Constitution, abolish the present government in a non-violent manner using Electoral Reform, and MOVE ON.

2012

cover open source manifestoSteele, Robert (2012). The Open-Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth, and Trust, North Atlantic Books, June 5, 2012. 240 pages. KINDLE $8.76, PAPER $10.53.

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 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.

2010

cover intelligence for earthSteele, Robert (2010). Intelligence for Earth: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability, Earth Intelligence Network, January 20, 2010. 288 pages. HARDCOVER $19.95.

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.

2008

COVER ELECTION 2008Steele,  Robert (2008). Election 2008: Lipstick on the Pig (Substance of Governance; Legitimate Grievances; Candidates on the Issues; Balanced Budget 101; Call to Arms: Fund We Not Them; Annotated Bibliography), Earth Intelligence Network, September 23, 2008.  Re-Issued in 2015 as Kindle and CreateSpace.

While the two candidates “authorized” to run for President by the two “main” parties that have destroyed the Republic trade barbs about “lipstick on the pig,” the reality is that the pig is politics, and this election is lipstick on that pig. The average American has more common sense than any of these clowns, all of whom have been subverted by two forms of corruption: financial bribery from special interests; or “party line” voting that violates both Article 1 of the Constitution (the responsibility of Congress to balance the power of the Executive) and the public interest of the constituency that elected each of them.

cover collective intelligenceTovey, Mark with Robert Steele, eds. (2008). Collective Intelligence: Creating A Prosperous World at Peace, Earth Intelligence Network., March 19, 2008. 648 pages. USED $12.23.

The era of collective intelligence has begun in earnest. While others have written about the wisdom of crowds, an army of Davids, and smart mobs, this collection of essays for the first time brings together fifty-five pioneers in the emerging discipline of collective intelligence. They provide a base of tools for connecting people, producing high-functioning teams, collaborating at multiple scales, and encouraging effective peer-production. Emerging models are explored for digital deliberative democracy, self-governance, legislative transparency, true-cost accounting, and the ethical use of open sources and methods. Collective Intelligence is the first of a series of six books, which will also include volumes on Peace Intelligence, Commercial Intelligence, Gift Intelligence, Cultural Intelligence, and Global Intelligence.

2006

cover smart nation actSteele, Robert (2006). The Smart Nation Act: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest, Open Source Solutions, Inc., September 11, 2006. 250 pages. $29.95 USED $0.01.

We are entering a period of turbulence and innovation. This book puts forward ideas for creating a “Smart Nation” in which the Federal level is both fully informed about global reality, and able to provide to all statehouses, schoolhouses, chambers of commerce, and social clubs, a very strong and sustained exposure to global reality.

The American public now has  the same power to do good that networked terrorists have to do bad. It will be up to Congress to decide whether or not to nurture this emerging pentagon of public influence & intelligence.

cover IOSteele, Robert (2006). Information Operations: All Information, All Languages, All the Time, Open Source Solutions, Inc., January 30, 2006. 362 pages. $24.95, USED from $3.00.

My personal view is that the key points of the book are that: • inter-agency sharing of non-secret information is much more important than precision delivery of secrets to the top guy; • unclassified information on operations, logistics, beliefs, etc. is much more important that technical secret information; and • there is a larger process called “Information Operations” (IO) that has been mis-defined in the US as offensive cyberwar and PSYOP on steroids, which in fact deals with • the full and constant integration of global coverage in all languages all the time (including historical and cultural knowledge at the neighborhood level); • the technologies of sharing, translating, and understanding; inclusive of online video gaming; and • the crafting of inter-agency BEHAVIOR and BUDGETS (means) in order to achieve useful ends. In short, it’s not about secret intelligence; it is about global awareness and ethical behavior done across all the instruments of national power, wisely.

2003

cover pkiSteele, Robert, Ben de Jong and Wies Platje (eds.) (2003). Peacekeeping Intelligence: Emerging Concepts for the Future, Open Source Solutions, Inc., May 15, 2003. 532 pages. $24.95, USED from $4.23.

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.

2002

cover new craftSteele, Robert (2002). The New Craft of Intelligence: Personal, Public, & Political–Citizen’s Action Handbook for Fighting Terrorism, Genocide, Disease, Toxic Bombs, & Corruption, Open Source Solutions, Inc., April 8, 2002.

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.

2001

cover on intelligenceSteele, Robert (2001). On Intelligence: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World, Open Source Solutions, Inc., November 22, 2001. 495 pages.  HARDCOVER $34.95 USED From $3.20.

This book is about the reinvention of national, defense and business intelligence within the larger context of an open world–a world where “Evil Empires” and the Berlin Wall have fallen–but also a world where transportation, power, financial, and communications infrastructures are so open as to dramatically increase the vulnerability of America to trans-continental epidemics, anonymous information terrorism, and nation-wide power black-outs and financial melt-downs. As the world enters the Information Century, and simultaneously confronts the fragmentation of many nation-states and the emergence of widespread ethnic, tribal and criminal gang terrorism and confrontation, no topic can be more important to federal, state, and local governments–and to international, national, and local businesses than the topic of “intelligence”. Thankfully, there are many positive lessons and methods to be drawn from the U.S. Intelligence Community, and there are a wealth of open sources and services that can be drawn upon to make both government and business “smarter” about their environment, their customers, and their competitors. This book is a primer on the role of intelligence qua sources, methods, and community at the dawn of the 21st century.

2000

Steele, Robert (2001). On Intelligence: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. 495 pages.  OUT OF PRINT.