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2017 #UNRIG We the People Unity for Integrity Movement

The Deep State begins with the Rothschilds and the Vatican who control the City of London and Wall Street. The two-party tyranny characteristic of most countries and particularly the UK and US is the “enabler” of what Matt Taibbi has famously called “Griftopia,” with one law for the eilte 1% and another for the impoverished 99%. The secret intelligence services are the enforcers, smuggling guns, gold, cash, drugs, and small children while spying on and blackmailing all politicians and judges — the media, labor and religious leaders, academics, and corporate chiefs are all complicit players in  this long-running drama of human exploitation. One word, INTEGRITY, can change everything for the better. A movement (not a party) that sets aside all ideological and issue differences to demand the Election Reform Act of 2017 – the Unity with Integrity Act – can restore America the Beautiful and Make America Great Again. This is an educational concept offered to others for action — the originator will remain a non-profit educational speaker available to all.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert, with Cynthia McKinney. “#UNRIG,” Phi Beta Iota, May 1, 2017.

Steele, Robert, with Cynthia McKinney. #UNRIG: Beyond Trump & Sanders (Earth Intelligence Network, May 19, 2017).

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2017 Post-Western Economic-Engineering Paradigm

What is needed is a bottom-up engineering paradigm shift, one I have developed and one that has been documented as costing 10% of the existing Western engineering paradigm. It is called Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE).[3]

In combination, a new economic and engineering paradigm could accomplish the seventeen United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) without the UN [4] and its 80% or more waste – and do so within ten to twenty years at a fraction of the cost of the failed Western paradigm characterized by scientific reductionism, a refusal to calculate natural and social costs (“true costs”) of Western goods and services, and a predatory legal framework that makes the sharing of knowledge prohibitively expensive.

Selected Reference:

Steele, Robert. “Concept for a Post-Western Economic-Engineering Paradigm: How Putin-Modi and Xi-Trump Can Save Humanity with Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE),Russian International Affairs Council, April 5, 2017.

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2016 Grand Strategy Done Right

Grand Strategy is not done by most nations. The last US Grand Strategy review was in 1953, Project Solarium, commissioned by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. By its very nature Grand Strategy is holistic, rooted in history and acutely conscious of global reality including culture and terrain, deeply respectful of true cost economics, and focused on achieving peace and prosperity far into the future.

A Grand Strategy is not limited to national security (external) in part because the essence of national power is a fully-educated, fully-employed, fully-engaged fit public (internal). Properly done a Grand Strategy provides for “America First,” by focusing on education, employment, reduced government regulation, increased investments in infrastructure and emerging technologies that are resource efficient, and cultural coherence. The national security aspect of Grand Strategy must be devoid of corruption (no “Pay for Play” such as the taxpayer now suffers in relation to intimidation from Israel and bribes from Saudi Arabia and Wall Street), and properly balance all the instruments of national power with particular attention to an honest White House, and evidence-based Congress, and a sufficiency of investment in diplomacy and development, not only defense. Waste in government — now averaging 50% — is eradicated.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert. “An American Grand Strategy,” Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, October 31, 2016.

Steele, Robert. An American Grand Strategy: Evidence-Based, Affordable, Balanced, Flexible, Amazon Kindle, October 31, 2015. 64 pages. 99 cents.

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2016 Waste & Civilization

With a tip of the hat to Bojan Radej from Slovania, who created this graphic to illuminate my ideas in engineering terms, I articulate with confidence my view that we can eradicate the 50% waste that is characteristic of every Western domain from agriculture to energy to health to housing to security to water and beyond. We have been complacent and irresponsible in avoiding accountability and failing to integrate holistic analytics, true cost economics, and Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE).

Selected References:

Steele, Robert. “Royal Danish Defence College: Interview with Robert Steele on Grand Strategy, Intelligence Reform, and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT),” Copenhagen: Denmark: Royal Danish Defence College (YouTube, 13:23), April 18, 2016.

Steele, Robert, “Royal Danish Defence College: Lecture by Robert Steele on Open Source Intelligence Done Right,” Copenhagen, Denmark: Royal Danish Defence College, April 18, 2016.  OFFICIAL VIDEO 59 Minutes.

Steele, Robert. “Robert Steele on OSINT – Why and How,” Copenhagen, Denmark: Government of Denmark, April 18-20, 2016, as commissioned and presented to military, police, and national services.  BRIEFING

Steele, Robert. “Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE) — a Nordic Manifesto,” Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, April 15, 2016.

Steele, Robert. “Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE) – Creating the Academy, Economy, Government, and Society of the Future,” Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, April 5, 2016.

Steele, Robert. “The Ultimate Hack – Resilient Villages, Smart Cities, Prosperous Nations at Peace — and Unlimited Clean Water,” Potomac, Maryland: Reserved, March 6, 2016, as discussed for transmission to the Government of India and others.

Steele, Robert. “Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE) – Achieving the SDG Goals in a Fraction of the Time at a Fraction of the Price,” Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, February 16, 2016, as submitted to the UN SDG Global Report 2016.

Steele, Robert. Beyond Data Monitoring – Achieving the Sustainability Development Goals Through Intelligence (Decision-Support) Integrating Holistic Analytics, True Cost Economics, and Open Source Everything, Oakton, VA: Earth Intelligence Network, 14 October 2014, as submitterd to the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda of the United Nations

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2016 Open Source Everything 21

Building on the Keytone to Gnomedex in 2007 and prior work with Michel Bauwens and Marcin Jakubowsky in consolidating over 60 opens into nine working categories for cross-fertilization, we have created a Category:Open Source Everything at the P2P Foundation, seek to create a global network, and propose an Open Source (Technologies) Agency as the hub for re-engineering the Earth.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert. Briefing for the BRICS: The Ultimate Hack – Resilient Villages, Smart Cities, Prosperous Nations at Peace — and Unlimited Clean Water, Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, March 6, 2016.

Steele, Robert. Briefing for the Nordics: Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Done Right, Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, February 7, 2016.

Steele, Robert. Memorandum for Vice President of the United States of America, SUBJECT: Supporting the President’s Interest in 2015 Defense, Diplomacy, and Development Innovation – the Open Source (Technologies) Agency, Digital Deserts, & Global Stabilization, Oakton, VA: Earth Intelligence Network, October 8, 2015.

Steele, Robert. Category: Open Source Everything, Peer-to-Peer Foundation Wiki, created June 3, 2015 with Michel Bauwens and Marcin Jakubowski.

Steele, Robert. The Open-Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth, and Trust, North Atlantic Books, June 5, 2012. 240 pages.

Steele, Robert. “Open Everything: Re-Inventing the United Nations,” New York, NY: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), April 18, 2009.

Steele, Robert. “Open Everything: We Won, Let’s Self-Govern,” Seattle, WA: Gnomedex, August 10, 2007.


2016 Election Reform Act Twelve Points

Beginning with the Occupy Electoral Reform Working Group in 2011, followed by a brief run for the presidency as an accepted candidate for the Reform Party nomination, Robert connected with all the major electoral reform champions — each generally pursuing just one or two reforms unique to their interests (e.g. money out of politics) and created an aggregation of twelve reforms that must be implemented together if democracy is to be restored in the USA and elsewhere.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert. Democracy Riots! We are all black now – deal with it!, Amazon Kindle, March 22, 2016, 24 pages, 99 cents.  Free online.

Steele, Robert. Bloomberg in 2016: Restoring Integrity to the US Electoral Process & the US Government, Economy, & Society, Amazon Kindle, January 15, 2016, 14 pages, 99 cents.

Steele, Robert. Sanders for President as an Independent? The Game Plan, Amazon Kindle, December 18, 2015, 12 pages, 99 cents.

Steele, Robert. “Counter-Coup: How Trump Can Win,” CounterPunch, August 14, 2015.

Steele, Robert. “A Fantasy: On the Seventh Day,” CounterPunch, June 12, 2015.

Steele, Robert. “VIDEO: Robert David Steele on Electoral Reform,” YouTube (14:12), March 9, 2015.

Steele, Robert. Open Power: Democracy Lost & Found Essay with Book Review Blurbs and Links, Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, March 3, 2015.

Steele, Robert. “How I Tested the Boundaries of the Two-Party Tyranny,” Reality Sandwich, May 24, 2012.

Steele, Robert. “Steele on Electoral ReformIndependent Voter News, March 6, 2012 to April 18, 2012, in sixteen parts.

Steele, Robert. “VIDEO: Robert Steele OWS Electoral Reform Proposal,” YouTube (5:50), November 3, 2011.


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2015 Applied Collective Intelligence 2.0

Created in response to very intelligent questions from Hal Berghel of IEEE Computer, this is the depiction of the five levels where innovation must take place in different forms that ultimately create an innovation grid or matrix that cross all boundaries across all domains in all languages from local to global. This is a holistic approach that demands an Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE) architecture in order to scale affordably.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert. “Applied Collective Intelligence 2.0: Can Open Source Evolutionary Cybernetics Leverage Distributed Human Intelligence While Advancing Artificial Intelligence?,” Technological Forecasting and Social Change, forthcoming, 2016.

Steele, Robert with Hal Berghel, “Robert David Steele on OSINT,IEEE Computer, 47/7, July 2, 2014, pp. 76-81.

Steele, Robert. “Impacto de la Globalizacion en Inteligencia: Contexto y Desafio / Impact of Globalization on Intelligence: Context and Challenge,” Santigo, CL, Deciembre / December 2010.


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2014 Applied Collective Intelligence

In collaboration with Tom Atlee, devised a new depiction of where the proven process of intelligence (decision-support) could converge with the modern Collective Intelligence (CI) movement. The core value from the craft of intelligence is that of process and the methodical search for facts in all languages and mediums. The core value of the CI movement is to be found in the conversation — deliberative dialog.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert, “Applied Collective Intelligence: Human-Centric Holistic Analytics, True Cost Economics, and Open Source Everything,” Spanda Journal, December 20-14, Vol. 2, pp 127-137.

Steele, Robert with Tom Atlee, “Definition: Collective Intelligence by Robert Steele–A Conversation with Tom Atlee,” Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, May 8, 2015.

Tovey, Mark with Robert Steele, eds. Collective Intelligence: Creating A Prosperous World at Peace, Earth Intelligence Network., March 19, 2008. 648 pages. HARDCOPY USED.


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2014 Re-Inventing Political Science as a Normative Discipline

Following upon the publication of Intelligence for Earth: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, and Sustainability,  this integrated approach was devised to address the question of “how should humanity be organized to think holistically on a foundation of four core values? All of this needs to be a seamless whole. The work of Edgar Morin has been a constructive influence. The idea originated while reflecting on the need to change political science and public administration into normative disciplines.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert. Intelligence for Earth: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability, Earth Intelligence Network, January 20, 2010. 288 pages. HARDCOVER & KINDLE.

Steele, Robert. “2014 Research Proposal – Political Science: Multi-Disciplinary Evidence-Based Sustainable Hybrid Public Governance Norms & Methods,” Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, April 23, 2014.

Steele, Robert, “Robert Steele: Online Review Books on Education, Intelligence, Research,” Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, April 1, 2014.


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2013 The Evolving Craft of Intelligence

This capstone graphic was inspired by an invitation from Rob Dover of Loughborough University to write a chapter on “The Evolving Craft of Intelligence” that distinguished between the first era of intellligence (secret war), the second era (strategic analytics) and the third era (public intelligence in the public interest — decision-support for everybody, creating a propserous world at peace.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert. “The Evolving Craft of Intelligence,” in Robert Dover, Michael Goodman, and Claudia Hillebrand (eds.). Routledge Companion to Intelligence Studies, Oxford, UK: Routledge, July 31, 2013.

Steele, Robert. “The Ultimate Hack: Re-Inventing Intelligence to Re-Engineer Earth,” in U. K. Wiil (ed.), Counterterrorism and Open-Source Intelligence, Lecture Notes in Social Networks 2, Springer-Verlag/Wien, 2011.

Steele, Robert, “Intelligence for the President–AND Everyone Else,” CounterPunch, March 1, 2009.


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2012 Creating the World Brain

In preparation for briefings to University presidents and provosts, and as presented by invitation to the Washington Academy of Sciences, this is a depiction of an online World Brain and its core institutional elements: four web domains managed by the World Brain Institute, a School of Future-Oriented Hybrid Governance, a Global (Serious) Game, and a Center for Public Intelligence suitable for replication.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert with Hans Kern, “World Brain II.0: How We End Secrecy and Harness the Hive Mind,” Ran’n’Rock #5, June 22, 2015.

Steele, Robert. “Proposal for a World Brain Institute and Development of a Global Game,” Humanity Plus Magazine, December 26, 2012.

Steele, Robert. “Reflexivity as Integrity: Toward Earth/Life 4.0,” Washington, DC: Washington Academy of Sciences, March 31, 2012.


Electoral Reform Circle Cropped2011 Re-Inventing Electoral Reform

Inspired by Occupy, aggregated an integrated approach to electoral reform. With a focus on restoring integrity to governance, created a strategy for a non-violent revolution able to restore voice and vote for the 60% now disenfranchised, while outlining how an Independent team could win the White House while electing small party and Independent candidates to Congress so as to restore Article 1 of the Constitution.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert, “Posts on Democracy Lost & Electoral Reform,” Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, 2011 to date.

Steele, Robert. Open Power: Electoral Reform Act of 2015, Open Source Activist Tool-Kit, Amazon Kindle, February 24, 2015. 216 pp.

Steele, Robert. Election 2008: Lipstick on the Pig, Amazon Kindle, April 13, 2015. 156 pages.


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2010 Eight Tribes of Information

There are iron curtains between the eight tribes; wooden walls between industries and organizations within each tribe, and plastic curtains between individuals. IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, Google, Facebook — all have failed to create information-sharing and sense-making tools that enable reliable responsible global access while protecting where desired anonymity, identity, privacy, rights, and security.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert. “Blank Slate: Open Source Intelligence,” Forbes, June 18, 2006.

Steele, Robert. “The New Craft of Intelligence Making the Most of Open Private Sector Knowledge,” TIME Magazine, March 11, 2002, online.

Steele, Robert. “Welcoming Remarks by Robert D. Steele, Host: Consumer Needs, Data Changes, Technology Changes, Organizational Changes, Future Vision & Issues,” McLean, VA: First International Symposium on National Security & National Competitiveness, Open Source Solutions, December 1, 1992.


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2009 Global Intelligence Community

The secret world — and most policy communities — are operating on 2% of the relevant information and are not ready for the Internet of Things deluge — there is no residual processing capability and no hope of exoscale computing in our lifetime on our present course. There is an urgent need for a geospatially-grounded global sparse matrix for all data in all languages and all mediums.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert. Beyond Data Monitoring — Achieving the Sustainability Development Goals Through Intelligence (Decision-Support) Integrating Holistic Analytics, True Cost Economics, and Open Source Everything, Oakton, VA: Earth Intelligence Network, October 14, 2014.

Steele, Robert. “Virtual Intelligence: Conflict Avoidance and Resolution Through Information Peacekeeping,” Proceedings, Conference on Virtual Diplomacy, April 1-2, 1997.

Steele, Robert. “Reinventer Le Renseignement: Vision et Strategie / Reinventing Intelligence: The Vision and the Strategy,” International Defense & Technologies, December 1995.


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2007 Open Sources Critical to Addressing Ten High Level Threats to Humanity as Prioritized by the UN

Loch Johnson, the Dean of US intelligence scholar-practitioners, invited a chapter on Open Source Intelligence for his five-volume series on Strategic Intelligence. This graphic was created for that chapter, and focused on the ten high-level threats identified by the UN High-Level Threat Panel in 2004.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert. “Open Source Intelligence (Operational),” in Loch Johnson (ed.), Handbook of Intelligence Studies, NY: Routledge, 2008, Chapter 10, pp 129-147.

Steele, Robert. “Open Source Intelligence (Strategic),” in Loch Johnson (ed.), Strategic Intelligence: The Intelligence Cycle, Westport, CT: Praeger, 2007, Chapter 6, pp. 96-122.

Steele, Robert. “Blank Slate: Open Source Intelligence,” Forbes, June 18, 2006.


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2006 Old versus New IT Architectures

Shortly before he died Robert Garigue — perhaps the best and brightest of the cyber-minds in his time–took over Robert Steele’s desk for a week and between the two of them this graphic emerged. The old architecture of top down centralized control of the physical communications structure is history. Content-based security is the next frontier. Adding blockchains just makes it all better.

Selected References:

Garigue, Robert. “The New Information Security Agenda-Managing the Emerging Semantic Risks,” Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, December 25, 2010.

Garigue, Robert, “Technical Preface,” in Robert David Steele, Information Operations: All Information, All Languages, All the Time, Oakton, VA: Open Source Solutions, Inc., 2006.

Garigue, Robert, “In Memory: Carleton University Research Page,” Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, December 25, 2010.


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2006 Six Bubbles

In order to empower each individual, to achieve “Extreme Democracy,” we must both enable local to global access to all relevant information tagged in time and space, and we must enable deliberative dialog rooted in holistic analytics and true cost economics. This depiction was created with the 24 original volunteers brought together by Robert Steele with Earth Intelligence Network was founded in 2006 as an educational non-profit.

Selected References:

Gabel, Medard, “Concept for an EarthGame,” Oakton, VA: Earth Intelligence Network, January 17, 2007.

Steele, Robert. “World Brain as Earth Game,” in Mark Tovey (ed.), Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace, Oakton, VA: Earth Intelligence Network, 2008, pp 389-398

Steele, Robert et al. “Concept for an Earth Intelligence Network,” Oakton, VA: Earth Intelligence Network, January 17, 2007.

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2004 Information Peacekeeping

Information Peacekeeping is the strategic deterrent as well as the tactical force of first resort for the 21st Century. By its nature, Information Peacekeeping must rely almost exclusively on open sources and services available from the private sector. Its most fundamental premise: that intelligence is indeed a virtual substitute for violence, for capital, for labor, for time, and for space. Information Peacekeeping is in effect both a strategy for government operations and a national security strategy with global reach; consequently it has profound implications for how we train, equip, and organize governments toward the goal of a prosperous world at peace.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert. “Information Peacekeeping: A Nobel Objective,” Stockholm, SE: Folke Bernadette Academy, December 4, 2004.

Steele, Robert. “The New Craft of Intelligence: How ‘State’ Should Lead,” Washington, DC: Department of State, Secretary of State Open Forum, March 24, 2004.

Steele, Robert. “Information Peacekeeping & The Future of Intelligence: The United Nations, Smart Mobs, and the Seven Tribes,” Amsterdam, NL: Netherlands Intelligence Studies Associations (NISA), November 15, 2002.

Steele, Robert. “Information Peacekeeping: The Purest Form of War,” in Alan Campen and Douglas Dearth (eds.), CYBERWAR: Myths, Mysteries, and Realities, Fairfax, VA: Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Associations, June 1998, pp. 277-293.

Steele, Robert. “Virtual Intelligence: Conflict Avoidance and Resolution Through Information Peacekeeping,” Proceedings, Conference on Virtual Diplomacy, April 1-2, 1997.


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2004 Smart Nation

A Smart Nation must be committed to the truth at any cost, to evidence-based grand strategy, and to governance that is transparent, focused on the public interest, with a long-term view. Electoral Reform must precede Intelligence, Security, and Governance Reform. A Nation is only as smart as the totality of its population that must be both informed and fully engaged in self-governance.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert. The Smart Nation Act: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest, Open Source Solutions, Inc., September 11, 2006. 250 pages.

Steele, Robert. “SPECIAL FEATURE: Creating a Smart Nation–Strategy, Policy, Intelligence, and Information,”  Government Information Quarterly, pp. 159-173

Steele, Robert. “National Intelligence and Open Source: From School House to White House,” American Intelligence Journal, Spring/Summer 1993, pp. 29-32.


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2002 Re-Inventing Intelligence

There are three fundamental flaws in the secret approach to intelligence: 1) it focuses on inputs instead of outputs; 2) secrecy corrupts — covert actions are alienating the world and creating millions of enemies; and 3) secrets cannot be shared and therefore do not help create a Smart Nation that is secure and prosperous. The secret world is out of touch with reality and too expensive.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert, “American intelligence and national defense 2.0,” OpenDemocracy, November 10, 2015.

Steele, Robert. “New Rules for the New Craft of Intelligence,” in Robert David Steele,  The New Craft of Intelligence: Personal, Public, & Political–Citizen’s Action Handbook for Fighting Terrorism, Genocide, Disease, Toxic Bombs, & Corruption, Oakton, VA: Open Source Solutions, Inc., 2002, Chapter 15, pp. 147-161.

Steele, Robert. “Reinventer Le Renseignement: Vision et Strategie / Reinventing Intelligence: The Vision and the Strategy,” International Defense & Technologies, December 1995.


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2001 Grand Strategy

In the mid-1990’s it became clear that the US was locked into a Cold War heavy metal military strategy that discounted the value of diplomacy, ethical commerce, and intelligent development investments. The Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College led an effort to focus attention on this imbalance. A quarter century later, the US Government refuses to be responsible about grand strategy.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert. “NOW Will You Listen? Paris Attacks Bring Home Need for a Grand Strategy Based on the Truth…,” Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, November 14, 2015.

Steele, Robert. An American Grand Strategy: Evidence-Based, Affordable, Balanced, Flexible, Amazon Kindle, October 31, 2015. 64 pages. 99 cents.

Steele, Robert. “Threats, Strategy, and Force Structure: An Alternative Paradigm for National Security,” in Steven Metz (ed.), Revising the Two MTW Force Shaping Paradigm, Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College Press, 2001, Chapter 9, pp. 139-163.


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1991 Expeditionary Environment Model

The purpose of the Expeditionary Environment (EE) Model was to respond to the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) concern that the larger services were building aircraft, ships, and ground vehicles  that would not work and could not be supported in Third World operations. The strategic generalizations that emerged validated CMC concerns but were dismissed by all DoD elements.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert. “First to Fight, but Not Fighting Smart: a Skeptical Assessment of Marine Corps Effectiveness in the 21St Century,” Marine Corps Gazette, May 1999.

Steele, Robert. “Intelligence Support for Expeditionary Planners,” Marine Corps Gazette, September 1991, pp. 73-79.

Steele Robert, with BDM Corporation, Overview of Planning and Programming Factors for Expeditionary Operations in the Third World, Quantico, VA: Marine Corps Combat Development Command, March 1990.


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1989 Emerging Threats versus Conventional Threats

Ghost-writing for General Alfred M. Gray, then Commandant of the Marine Corps, I clearly identified the challenge that ISIS represents today, and what we needed to do to detect it and neutralize it. No one wanted to listen then or since.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert. “The Asymmetric Threat: Listening to the Debate,” Joint Force Quarterly, Autumn/Winter 1998-1999, pp. 78-84.

Steele, Robert. “Intelligence in the 1990’s: Recasting National Security in a Changing World,” American Intelligence Journal, Summer/Fall 1990, pp. 29-36.

Gray, Al (Ghost-Written by Robert Steele), “Global Intelligence Challenges in the 1990’s,” American Intelligence Journal, Winter 1989-1990, pp. 37-41.


1988 Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

After discovering the secret data bases were empty for Third World information, set forth to revitalize national intelligence with the battle cry of “Do not send a spy where a schoolboy can go.” I failed but in the process met over 7,500 officers from across 66+ countries. Still today in 2015 the US Government is deliberately ignorant of history and nuance.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert. “NATO Open Source Handbook,” Norfolk, VA: North Atlantic Treaty Organization, November 2001.

Steele, Robert. “National Intelligence and Open Source: From School House to White House,” American Intelligence Journal, Spring/Summer 1993, pp. 29-32.

Steele, Robert. “Information Concepts & Doctrine for the Future,” McLean, VA: Proceedings of the First International Symposium on National Security & National Competitiveness: Open Source Solutions, December 1, 1992.


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1979 Great Books, Great Ideas

Troubled by the reductionism of science and the isolation of issues in public discussion, turned to the Great Books and particularly the Syntopicon, for a sense of the totality of the Great Ideas in Western Civilization. Integral Consciousness as depicted here places Nature and Man in relation to Bring and God (the cosmic) with Science in the ideal as the central means of deriving “best truths” and achieving understanding and wisdom.

Selected References:

Adler, Mortimer, et al (eds.), The Great Ideas: A Syntopicon of Great Books of the Western World, Chicago, IL: Encyclopedia Britannica, 1952, Vol I & II.


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1976 Framework for Predicting Revolution

In fulfillment of the requirement for a thesis to earn an MA in International Relations at Lehigh University, this strategic analytic model was developed, combining political science distinctions across the ten domains grouped into five columns, and the psycho-social parameters established by Charles Hampden-Turner in Radical Man. This work has never been replicated — nor properly exploited — by CIA or anyone else. This depiction includes the preconditions of revolution existing in the West today, and was first published in The Guardian in an interview by Nafeez Ahmed that quickly garnered 68,000 “likes.” The world is hungry for common sense.

Selected References:

Steele, Robert. “Perhaps We Should Have Shouted: A Twenty-Year Retrospective,” Joint Forces Quarterly (rejected), August 3, 2009.

Steele, Robert. “Thinking About Revolution”, Intelligence Program Reader, Quantico, VA: Marine Corps University, AY 1992-1993.

Steele, Robert. Theory, Risk Assessment, and Internal War: A Framework for the Observation of Revolutionary Potential, Bethlehem, PA: Lehigh University, MA Thesis, 1976.