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If you value peace and freedom, read "Information Operations" right now. -- Peter Morville, January 17, 2006

Information Peacekeeping enables an organization to leverage a belief system to create action at a distance. -- Dr. Robert Garigue, Canada, January 17, 2006

Steele never fails to surprise me. In my opinion, a MUST read. -- Arne Reuser, Defense & Security Service NL, 17 January 2006

Steele shows us a more mature and intelligence way of [doing intelligence]. -- Steve Edwards, MBE, Scotland Yard UK, 17 January 2006

This book ... expands [on] how a properly integrated approach ... can enhance our success in various "IO-heavy" mission areas. -- Congressman Rob Simmons (R-CT-02), January 17, 2006

This book is a practical manifestation--a technical solution--to the recommendations of the Brahimi Report. -- MajGen Patrick Cammaert, UN Force Commander Eastern Congo, 17 January 2006

This book is about mind-sets and open mindedness. -- Moises Naim, Editor, Foreign Policy, 17 January 2006

This latest book is a treasure trove of good ideas and should be mandatory reading for anyone. --Dr. Loch Johnson, Editor, Intelligence & National Security, 17 January 2006

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 362 pages
  • Publisher: OSS International Press; 2nd edition (January 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971566135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971566132
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,701,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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60 years old (the new 40) in 2012 -- raised in Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia including Viet-Nam as the son of an oil engineer. AB 1974 Muhlenberg Political Science (thesis on multinational corporations and home-host country issues), MA Lehigh University thesis on predicting revolution in all forms, then USMC Active Duty as an infantry officer and BLT 3/4 S-1 Adjutant, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, then CIA as a clandestine case officer, scored in top 10 in my class, three back to back tours overseas, one chasing terrorists, three Washington tours (counterintelligence, information technology, DCI's vault for all technical systems), CIA Mid-Career Course, invited by Marine Corps to come back as a GS-14 to help created the Marine Corps Intelligence Center, did that. That was also my fork in the road. Discovered that the secret world is largely worthless in supporting all policy, all acquisition, all operations, and totally absent in supporting Whole of Government, public education, and public research. Started the modern Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) movement against very strong resistance from CIA, went on the train 7,500 mid-career officers from across 66+ countries, wrote the DIA, NATO, and SOF OSINT Handbooks. Created a for-profit (Open Source Solutions Network, now closed) and a non-profit (Earth Intelligence Network, 501c3, lying fallow). Published a number of articles and chapters in addition to book, and am now focused on a mix of Open Source Everything (OSE) and Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making (M4IS2). I remain the only persistent proponent for a national Open Source Agency to champion OSE and NOT be part of the secret world. Actively seeking a government-academic-industry sponsor or sponsor group interested in creating the World Brain and Global Game to harness and monetize the distributed intelligence of the Whole Earth.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Retired Reader on March 6, 2007
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"Information Operations" is an important and original book on how to greatly improve the ability of the U.S. National Security Establishment to cope with the conditions of the 21st Century. Steele, who appears to be something of a maverick, provides nothing short of a brilliant analysis of the national security threats and challenges to U.S. security in the post-Cold War World. Having identified the problem, he proposes a new kind of intelligence program based on, as he himself puts it, "sharing not secrecy" which is predicated on the concept of multinational global intelligence production. To this end, Steele advocates a new U.S. national intelligence system centered on open and international sharing of information (I would say of relevant information) using multi-national "Regional Information Centers" for collection, processing, and analysis of all source information. At the heart of the new system Steele would like to have an "Open Source Agency", presumably where information from the regional centers could be collated, evaluated and disseminated to all interested parties. All in all, a bold and comprehensive proposal that ought to be considered very seriously by the U.S. Intelligence Community. As an added bonus, this book has an annotated bibliography of books that Steele has identified as relevant to this book, which is almost worth the price of admission by itself. It is a book worth reading.

Still this reviewer has to question the primary theme of the book which is based on a quote from Steve Cambone (former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence) that his objective for intelligence was "....universal coverage, 24/7, in all languages, in near real time, at sub-state levels of granularity...", but the context of this statement is not clear.
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