- Series: Manifesto Series (Book 2)
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS (June 5, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583944435
- ISBN-13: 978-1583944431
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Steele's book is a must-read, a powerful yet still pragmatic roadmap to a new civilisational paradigm that simultaneously offers a trenchant, unrelenting critique of the prevailing global order. His interdisciplinary 'whole systems' approach dramatically connects up the increasing corruption, inefficiency and unaccountability of the intelligence system and its political and financial masters with escalating inequalities and environmental crises."
— Nafeez Ahmed, The Guardian
"I found it refreshing to read such a powerful and all-encompassing approach to the eternal problem of hierarchy and how so few people are currently determining the destiny of so many individuals on this planet." —Peter J. Morris, Writer and Blogger
"If you have ever thought that the U.S. intelligence system is structurally dysfunctional you will not be disappointed by Steele. The bottom line is that if you satisfied with a status quo which operates on the basis of "a top-heavy, opaque, centralized, and rigidified system that misses the big picture and rewards a few at the expense of the many," then don't read Steele's book." —Huffington Post
"Robert Steele is about 100 times as smart and 10,000 times as dangerous as the best of the hackers, for he is successfully hacking the most challenging of bureaucracies, the U.S. intelligence community, and doing it for the right reasons."
—Bruce Sterling, Wired magazine and author of Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier
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—Alvin and Heidi Toffler, authors of War & Anti-War: Survival at the Dawn of the 21st Century
“Robert Steele is unusual for an American … he is clearly internationalist in his orientation. He has written a book that can bring us together in facing our greatest enemies: ignorance, poverty, and mistrust.”
—Rear Admiral Hamit Gulemre Aybars, Turkish Navy (Retired)
“Robert Steele’s vision for the future of intelligence is clearly ‘internationalist’ in nature. It focuses on regional partnerships … and on the value of open source intelligence collection.”
—Rear Admiral Dr. Sigurd Hess, DE N(Ret), Former Chief of Staff, Allied Command Baltic Approaches
“Constantly committed to truth and honesty, [his work] demonstrates his ability to grasp the real issues and to take into account the views and concerns of men of good will from all nations and all cultures.”
—Admiral Pierre Lacoste, French Navy (Ret), Former Director of Foreign Intelligence (DSGE)
“Robert Steele goes well beyond the original visions of the best of the Directors of Central Intelligence, and has crafted a brilliant, sensible, and honorable future for the intelligence profession.”
—Major General Oleg Kalugin, KGB (Ret), Former Elected Deputy to the Russian Parliament
“Over a broad canvas reflecting the changing nature of information and information technologies, Robert Steele lays the foundation for the future of e-intelligence.”
—Commodore Patrick Tyrrell, OBE, Royal Navy, United Kingdom
“Steele consistently has been well ahead of the pack in his appreciation for everything from open source research to the implications of technology … his work thrills with its insights and ideas.”
—Ralph Peters, author of Fighting for the Future: Will America Triumph?
“Steele’s concept is simple: Empower the citizen and private sector to gather and analyze intelligence so that we can make informed decisions [using] Open Source Intelligence gathering [that] is faster, smarter, cheaper…”
—Robert Young Pelton, author of World’s Most Dangerous Places and producer of Come Back Alive
“Robert Steele deserves our admiration and our focused attention for bringing the idea of open source information to the fore. His passion to serve the nation by developing this new approach … is exemplary.”
—Lieutenant General Patrick Hughes, U.S. Army (Retired), Former Director, Defense Intelligence Agency
“...a minefield of political and economic awakenings... a visionary worth paying serious attention to.”
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About the Author
Robert David Steele is an internationally acclaimed intelligence professional with 30 years' experience as a clandestine and covert operations officer. A foremost international proponent for open-source intelligence, Steele has been a keynote speaker at many venues, including Hackers on Planet Earth, Gnomedex, L-3 Communications, the Department of State, and the Department of Homeland Security. A regular contributor to the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, he has published nine books on intelligence and information operations. His work has also appeared in TIME, Forbes, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.
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In the end, though, I'm deeply committed to open source, so I'm already sold :).
Steele argues that instead, the new revolution must come from the bottom, up, a peaceful grass-roots change of mind about how we govern and organize ourselves. Instead of focusing on secret intelligence, like governments, militaries, and corporations have been doing forever, he argues that we need Open Source Intelligence, on every aspect of life, from government to business, food production to technology, in order to tap into the most effective resource available to us: the collective human brain (all 7 billion of them). Open Source is defined as information available through legal, ethical and public channels, not necessarily 'free,' though some of it is.
He points out that secret intelligence has been employed by elites throughout history (absolutely true, I’m an historian), to keep the people in the dark, and to obfuscate their nefarious doings, while accumulating wealth to themselves. I whole-hardheartedly agree with him, and have argued a similar point for years. However, what Steele has that I do not (among many things), is a long career as a government and military insider, which is exactly what the new revolution needs.
He suggests that the revolution is already in full swing, and that if we take the time to look around, we can see it everywhere. He’s right, and if you don’t think so, you’re probably not reading this review anyway, and you, and your company, government or institution will be caught with its proverbial pants down when it does happen. Those who do pay heed, will reap the benefits of a new way of doing things.
At times Steele slips into his academic, military/professional voice, which can be difficult to follow for some readers, and probably a reason some find fault with the book. And his ideas are radical, for sure, but radical ideas are needed to solve the myriad of problems facing the world. I guess building community, sharing resources, and working together, are radical ideas. Maybe they are, but if we don’t start implementing them, and damned fast, we won’t have to worry about our grandchildren arguing about it; they won’t be here. Is out of control capitalism, greed, and war any less radical? I think not.
Personally, I’m optimistic like Mr. Steele. Look, the man spent a career predicting the future, and he’s predicting that things are gonna get real interesting soon. I’d bet my balls on it, and other appendages. Buy the book already, and get ready to Open Source your brain! Become part of the solution, instead of remaining part of the problem. The Earth needs you.