Robert David Steele - WE HAVE IT ALL ex CIA officer, co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence.

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  • Published on:  Monday, April 5, 2021
  • Robert David Steele - WE HAVE IT ALL ex CIA officer, co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence.
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    Robert David Steele, former Marine, CIA case officer, and US co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence activity.
    US Army Strategic Studies Institute
    External Researcher (1998-
    Served on contract with Military Information Support Task Force – Afghanistan (MISTF-A) from August to December 2013, as the primary election and peace process analyst. Predicted from September 2013 that the Bi-Lateral Security Agreement (BSA) would not be signed by Karzai. Later predicted Ghani’s clear win.
    Chief Executive Officer (1993 – 2007 – legally closed 2010)
    Created modern Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) discipline across 90+ countries
    Created first handbooks in the discipline for UN, NATO, DoD, Special Forces
    Inspired creation of new units now employing roughly 25,000 specialists
    Conceptualized Smart Nation, Information Arbitrage, Information Peacekeeping
    International speaker on role of information as foundation for harmonization
    Organized and managed global conferences training 7,500 mid-career officers
    INFORMATION OPERATIONS: All Information, All Languages, All the Time (2006)
    THE SMART NATION ACT: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest (2006)
    PEACEKEEPING INTELLIGENCE: Emerging Concepts for the Future (2003)
    THE NEW CRAFT OF INTELLIGENCE: Personal, Public, & Political (2002)
    ON INTELLIGENCE: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World (2000)
    Contracted by the Office of Personnel Management, Western Management Development Center
    From 1997-2002, lectured to senior executive candidates on global reality, intelligence
    In final year served as course director for two offerings of the national security course
    Produced OSINT for multiple clients, global needs (notably SOCOM, CENTCOM)
    Roughly $10 million in revenue with one full-time employee (self)
    From indigenous local knowledge in 29 languages (now 33) to global geospatial including Russian military combat charts for denied areas, and online
    IRS audit of 2007 found “no change” for an extremely complex global small business
    Official travel and engagements in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
    United States Marine Corps (1976-1996)
    Civil Service (GM-14) (1988-1993)
    Officer of Marines (Reserve) (1976-1996)
    As second-ranking civilian (GM-14) for US Marine Corps intelligence, from 1988-1993
    Tried and failed, with Service Chief support, to get one third National Intelligence Topics (NIT) redirected toward Third World / lower tier targets
    Tried and failed to redirect DoD from worst-case to most-likely scenarios
    Tried and failed to get DoD to focus on open communications with all external parties
    Orchestrated Service-wide response to DoD ASD C4I on intelligence lessons learned from Gulf I
    Created Service General Defense Intelligence Program (1985-1988)
    Created Marine Corps Intelligence Center/Command (1988-1992)
    Study Director for first global study using only unclassified information, Planning and Programming Factors for Expeditionary Operations in the Third World (MCCDC, 1990)
    Created original analytic model with 144 factors, five degrees of difficulty for each factor
    Selected to help write Marine Corps Master Intelligence Plan (MCMIP)
    Promoted to field grade (Major/O-4) over course of 20 years in the Reserve
    Official travel and engagements in Colombia, El Salvador, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Okinawa, Panama, Philippines
    Central Intelligence Agency
    Operations Officer (1979-1988)
    Top performer (top 10% in class, Mid-Career Course 101 (War College))
    Managed global program to penetrate a denied area
    One of first officers assigned to penetrate terrorist target in assigned region in 1980’s
    Created first Standard Operating Procedures for a (Clandestine) Field Station
    Created the first Guide to Managing the Field Support Account
    Hand-picked to pioneer advanced information technology inclusive of artificial intelligence (all aspects inclusive of deep debriefings of specialists to acquire heuristics) for entire agency
    Founding Member (National) Advanced Information Processing & Analysis Steering Group
    Member, (National) Information Handling Committee, (National) Future Intelligence Requirements and Capabilities Committee, various futures and technical working groups (e.g. imagery, signals)
    Hand-picked for DCI’s Advanced Program & Evaluation Group (APEG) in Collections Requirements and Evaluations Staff (team managed DCI’s oversight of all other agencies in the US IC)
    Resigned to accept Marine Corps invitation to create new intelligence capability​
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