Robert David Steele, curator of Phi Beta Iota, former CIA clandestine services cases officer and creator of the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, talks about Open Source Intelligence, a movement that he started in 1988, and his recent book, the Open Source Everything Manifesto.
Steele found that over 90% of the intelligence gathered by the structured intelligence community is available from public sources. He realized that embracing the open source community allows for greater exchange of information and more efficient use of taxpayer funds.
The Open Source provides a platform that is affordable, interoperable, and scalable. Steele contends that secrets are not the same as knowledge, and that the Open Source Approach will help to curtail government waste relating to the desire to collection for the sake of collection.
Through his discussion with Michael Ostrolenk Steele explains how using common sense and open source techniques, the U.S. Government can adopt proven methods in the field by Steele over 25 years ago to have a leaner, more effective, more efficient, and more transparent intelligence Community.
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