SPECIAL: The Death of Clandestine HUMINT in the Digital Age
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ROBERT STEELE: Afer nine years as a spy including three back-to-back tours overseas with five times the regional recruiting and production record, in 1988 I conceptualized the modern discipline of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). In 1993 Alvin Toffler built a chapter around me, “The Future of the Spy” and called me “the rival store” but he did not realize I remained an “all-source” intelligence professional. In 2000 I published ON INTELLIGENCE: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World and in 2002 THE NEW CRAFT OF INTELLIGENCE: Personal, Public, & Political. As I document in my latest book, REINVENTING INTELLIGENCE: 30 Years in the Wilderness, from 1989-2019 I have sought to reform US intelligence by placing clandestine human and covert technical collection in the context of a much larger open source human collection ecology that also provides 100% processing of all information collection (instead of 1% as we have today) while also proviiding strategic, operational, tactical, and technical decision-support to EVERY level across EVERY government function (instead of 4% to the few top commanders and nothing for everyone else).
Next week I am sending my new book to President Donald Trump, copied to General Secretary Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin via their Ambassadors to the USA, and to the US Secretaries of State and Defense and the Acting DNI, D/CIA, and D/DIA.
China and Russia are interested in my ideas. Is the USA to lose me? I hope not.