Cf. 2014 Robert Steele -- An Open Letter; 2013 Intelligence Future -- The Third Era of Local to Global Intelligence Overview & Workshop 2.8 Adds 2 Memos to CINCEUR & CINCSOC; 2012 Integrity, Reflexivity, & Open Everything -- Presentation to the Washington Academy of Sciences; and 1957+ Story Board: Peace & Prosperity Through Ethical Evidence-Based Decision-Support -- Analytic Sources, Models, Tools, & Tradecraft.
 The threats and policies are illustrated and sourced in the first graphic of my previous CounterPunch article, "On Defense Intelligence: Seven Strikes" (2 July 2014). The graphic only can also be viewed in a larger context at 1976-2013: Analytic, Methodological, & Technical Models 2.1.
 Dark fiber is the high-speed Internet before it gets watered down by the carriers. One exemplar provider is Allied Fiber. The Smart Nation Act would fund, via the Open Source Agency, dark fiber across America to connect schoolhouses, statehouses, and global sources of information in a manner that the US IC as well as the government over all refuse to consider.
 The dirty little secret of both CIA and NSA is that they are excessively reliant on foreign intelligence services for "hand-outs," and often incapable of achieving unilateral gains in critical areas of interest. That needs to change -- where warranted, unilateral capacity is essential. At the same time, instead of subsidizing bi-lateral relations, we need to fully engage multi-laterally, to include the creation of regional multinational decision-support centers reliant primarily on open sources, but having a multinational clandestine and covert action capability to one side. Covert action will remain contentious. I do not believe it warranted. For a case in favor of covert action, see Jack Devine, Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story (Sarah Crichton Books, 2014), my review: Modern Bible for Covert Operations -- Joins Dulles, Helms, Colby as a Classic.
 I have defined the 450-ship Navy on the basis of the findings of the Marine Corps study I led in 1989-1990, Supra Note 27. See particularly 2012 Robert Steele: Reflections on the US Military -- Redirection Essential -- and a Prerequisite to Creating a 450-Ship Navy, a Long-Haul Air Force, and an Air-Liftable Army. The long-haul Air Force and air-mobile Army are obvious pre-requisites to closing all of our bases overseas and returning our troops to be at home with their families and spending their money within our economy, until they are needed for a legitimate war authorized under Article 1 of the US Constitution.
 My latest two books represent the ethical and professional approach I would take if the President were to consider me as a candidate for any position bearing on creating a Smart Nation: INTELLIGENCE FOR EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability (Earth Intelligence Network, 2010); and THE OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING MANIFESTO: Transparency, Truth, & Trust (North Atlantic Books/Evolver Editions, 2012).