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Rebuilding National Intelligence -- A 12-Step Plan

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05 Redirect CIA into being the classified collection management agency. The DCI should be responsible for managing all classified collection endeavors at all levels of operation. Its new SIGINT Office would change both the collection strategy and the applied technologies to achieve a precision target capability that is within the law and helpful in supporting diplomatic, commercial, and military planning as well as warning intelligence. Similar offices for IMINT, GEOINT, and MASINT would be established, skimming the cream from the employees of the now-dysfunctional agencies to be closed down.

06 Terminate NSA, redirect a portion of it into an all-source processing agency. The processing center in Utah -- the one consuming 1.7 million gallons of clean drinkable water every day to cool its computers -- was a good idea badly executed and should be abandoned. SIGINT, IMINT, and Measurements & Signatures Intelligence (MASINT) should be managed by new Offices for each within CIA. A new processing facility should be constructed at a location that combines access to dark fiber[42] as well as sea water for desalination and use as a coolant. New York City comes to mind.

07 Redirect DIA into being the all-source analysis agency. Easily half of DIA's existing employees, beginning with most of the senior civilian executives, must be retired and retired quickly. DIA's Human Relations (HR) component must be rebuilt from scratch. In fairly short order, and developing in tandem with the OSA and its combination of a School of Future-Oriented Hybrid Governance, World Brain Institute, Global (Serious) Game, and Multinational Decision-Support Center, DIA should become the hub that gives the USA as a Smart Nation an information advantage that past IC leaders have refused to contemplate.

08 Merge NGA and USGS while supporting the OSA in advancing open source geospatial endeavors.

09 Create a Cyber-Security Agency, terminating the Cyber-Command. This agency must do what NSA was supposed to do -- work to make US commercial and public communications and computing impervious to unauthorized interception and exploitation. A Center for Computational Mathematics will be part of this new construct, to keep both Wall Street and Google honest.

10 Terminate the NRO.

11 Restructure the FBI to emphasize success against commercial espionage and policy traitors whether motivated by religion, ideology, or money.

12 End financial subsidies to foreign intelligence agencies and generally end all covert actions.[43]

Beyond Spies and Secrecy in an Open World.

A few of us, devoted patriots every one, have sought over the years to focus the White House and Congress on the reality that secrets tend to be vastly more expensive, more cumbersome, and less useful than open sources. It has taken 25 years -- a quarter century -- for our message to gain a small semblance of traction, and only then because the DNI has been caught lying to Congress and Edward Snowden has made it clear that NSA is an out-of-control monstrosity that neither the DNI nor USD(I) can manage.

NSA -- ostensibly under the oversight of the present DNI and USD(I) -- has done more to undermine US financial and commercial communications and computers than any foreign power -- even China or Israel -- could have imagined.

CIA, with torture, rendition, and drone assassinations, was not enough to anger the public. The NRO and NGA with waste, and the FBI and DIA with irrelevance, were not enough to anger the public. It is the NSA that has awoken the public to the deep threat represented by a secret intelligence world that is both too expensive and so terribly out of control that it can intimidate politicians and manipulate markets with insider impunity.

Creating an Open Source Agency alone -- or also rebuilding national intelligence with the twelve-step program itemized above -- is the beginning of a renaissance in national education, intelligence (defined as decision-support, not spies and secrecy), and research.
President Obama and Vice President Biden have an opportunity, ideally before Congress takes its summer recess on 1 August, but certainly before Congress departs to campaign before a dubious public from 3 October, to pass the National Security Act of 2014 -- The Smart Nation Act.

Below is a depiction of various terms and relationships that would characterize a Smart Nation able to produce ethical evidence-based decision-support for any decision on any topic at any level without resource to spies and secrecy. The time has come to bury the cult of secrecy, and open up our minds and our government to the full potential of our Collective Intelligence.

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Robert Steele is a former spy -- one of the first to chase terrorists in the 1980's -- who has become known for his global proponency of Open Source Everything (OSE). Raised abroad by a father born in New York and a mother born in Colombia, he spent four years on active duty as a Marine Corps infantry officer and S-1/Adjutant (personnel and (more...)

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