This was the planned program with speakers confirmed at the time. Continued resistance from CIA, which insists that OSINT is passive media monitoring, rendered the event impossible to produce at this time and place. The event has been cancelled.
All listed speakers are confirmed. Each plenary presentation will last 29 minutes. Questions via email will be answered within the online Proceedings. Speakers will be available during the two-hour catering break following each speaking block.
All speakers — and thousands more experts known to Robert Steele — are immediately available to provide consulting, evaluation, tools, and training to existing and new Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) endeavors. Collection Requirements and Evaluations Staff assistance is also available to those who now realize they are not getting more than 4% “at best” from their existing secret “national” intelligence producers. The below two references provide context.
Monday (Strategic Leadership)
Recommended for Program Managers & C-Level Executives
Opening: 21st Century Intelligence (0900-0930)
The craft of intelligence must meet the needs of all stake-holders in a society, with the citizens being the ultimate beneficiaries. It must be replete with integrity, delivering holistic analytics, true cost economics, and Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE) alternatives to predatory wasteful proprietary solutions across all policy domains from Agriculture to Water. Counterintelligence and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) are the book-ends for all-source intelligence done right — all threats, all policies, all costs, together. Steele, Robert David : CEO, Earth Intelligence Network (501c3)
Needs & Feeds: Intelligence for Whole of Government (0930-1200)
Pending on Agriculture & Food Intelligence
Pending on Energy Intelligence
Pending on Environmental & Health Intelligence
Pending on Labor & Veterans Intelligence
Anthony “Tony” Kimery is Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Homeland Security Today. An award-winning journalist whose series on “Savage Struggle on the Border” is representative of investigative reporting that mainstream media refuses to provide, he focuses on the short-falls in intelligence and counterintelligence “needs and feeds” for all aspects of homeland security including the health and safety of the population, information sharing (or not) in relation to counternarcotics and counterterrorism, and the complete absense of responsible reporting and honest statistics about corporate poisoning of the America’s air, ground, food, and water.
Leadership and Integrity (1400-1700)
Pending on the 21st Century University as a Public Intelligence Service
Pending on European Commission Plans & Intentions
John D. Caputo is the author of Truth: Philosophy in Transit, a Nobel-level treatise that will be distributed to all participants in the conference.Truth is a conversation — an open conversation — in which the infinite possibilities of man, God, and the Cosmos must be allowed to evolve and become. The future of truth is OPEN, mysterious, Godly, cosmic, HYBRID, without borders, complex, and immortal. Professor Caputo is a hybrid philosopher/theologian intent on producing impure thoughts, thoughts which circulate between philosophy and theology, short-circuits which deny fixed and rigorous boundaries between philosophy and theology. Caputo, John, Syracuse University Thomas J. Watson Professor Emeritus, Religion and Humanities
Peace is cheaper than war, and more profitable for the majority — the 99%. The craft of intelligence could usefully evolve into one that is central to cultural, economic, political, and social learning. Top-down control is inherently corrupt, expensive, and ignorant. The 21st Century leader must be an enabler of self-organizing systems that are inherently open and allow information to cross all boundaries. The mental model the leader fosters is vital to the success of the organization, as is the embrace of a open culture at all levels. Owen, Harrison, Open Space Technology
There are no silver bullets and no short-cuts toward innovation, there is no “one true path” toward innovation, but without leaders who truly embrace the urgency to innovate out of the legacy bog their organizations are mired in, where 70 cents out of every dollar go to dysfunctional technologies built in the 1970’s, and humans are cogs in a technology-oriented bureaucracy, innovation will not happen. Mapping Innovation provides a roadmap — the leader must be wiling to step out and lead their organization away from the past. Satell, Greg, Author of Mapping Innovation
Tuesday (Open Sources & Methods)
Recommended for Line Managers & Business Development Executives
Passive OSINT (0900-1200)
Pending on the Social Media Garbage Pit
Pending on SuperSearcher Tradecraft
Dark Web capabilities are now bleeding into the traditional web and no one is ready. At the same time, what passes for “anonymous” access is inept — everyone is blown from the first keystroke. Add to that the lack of tools for information-sharing and sense-making across all boundaries and you have a very expensive information technology cesspool of little value to the future of humanity. What is to be done? I have answers that are very low-cost and do not require buying into very expensive commercial “solutions” that come with both promises that won’t be kept and lawyers that keep on billing. Arnold, Stephen E., Author, CyberOSINT
For all its flaws, the multi-lingual Internet is one of the greatest assets available to investigators focused on organized crime, terrorism, corruption, and child exploitation. Internet Investigation Tradecraft is today the essential foundation for any full-spectrum inquiry. There are two art forms that must be combined: discovery of every relevant bit; and concealment of one’s inquiry. Human investigators accessing offline records and other humans are still essential, but the Internet has become the foundation for modern investigations. Ehren, Colin, Founder, Research & Intelligence Support Centre
Roughly 90% of the available online research tools, library and research news, information professional commentary, and full text reports from governments, think tanks, universities, non-government and non-profit organizations, and independent information discovery specialsts are neither visible to nor accessed by government, corporate, academic, or non-profit analysts ostensibly responsible for full-spectrum information discovery and exploitation. Most of this information is readily accessible but not visible through regular search engines such as Google that index less than 4% of the Web. Price, Gary, Librarian of the Invisible Web
Many librarians — and most analysts — simply do not understand how easily one can drill down to precision discovery if they know how to by-pass the inadequacies of most Internet services and tools. To take one simple example, proper techniques can narrow Google search findings from millions to fewer than fifty — the cream. Dutch military intelligence has learned that one should not send a spy where a schoolboy (or librarian) can go. Learn the secrets of overt online investigation that merges the best of master librarianship with Dutch military intelligence experience! Reuser, Arno : Director, Reuser’s Information Services
Active OSINT (1400-1700)
Pending on Information Brokers & Citation Analytics)
Pending on Academics & Private Investigators By the Day
Over a billion dollars has been spent recently on public opinion surveys in war-torn regions, and very badly so. While it is not possible to understand a foreign country in detail without deep broad surveys of the indigenous populations, inept government management of such surveys, and blatant malpractice among contractors alleging that they are conducting such surveys, is severely detrimental to the blended all-source intelligence and national security decision-making endeavor. Lessons learned from direct experience are offered. Garfield, Andrew, CEO of Glevum Associates, LLC
The Chinese are soundly defeating the USA across every front on the globe, and they are doing this with ports, roads, and high-speed rail at the same time that the US military-industrial complex is imploding from a combination of government spec cost plus dysfunctionality, and the inevitable blow-back of elective occupations that substitute “because I say so” control at the point of a gun — control that cannot be sustained — for engagement toward peace and prosperity. Personal visits to 100 countries are the foundation for an understanding that no intelligence community has been able to achieve. Khanna, Parag, Author of Connectography
As the CIA trains its “case officers” to go to “clandestine” meetings using high-speed black SUVs and surrounded by bodyguards — wide guys with ink that stand out in Kabul or anywhere else — there is an alternative that is being ignored: non-confrontational human engagement at all levels of society. The USA does not lack for good people able to engage — from civil affairs to defense attaches to diplomats to investigative journalists (a dying breed) to many more. What is lacking is an appreciation for and a means of managing overt human access in a coherent manner. Pelton, Robert Young, author of World’s Most Dangerous Places
Wednesday (Open Space, Technology, Training)
Recommended for Practitioner Analysts, Developers, Innovators
Open Space (0900-1700)
Structured programs and scheduled speakers are the tip of the iceberg, and while valuable, will generally not address the most pressing needs of the participants, nor draw out the knowledge the participants posses that can not only be shared, but that gains in value when considered in the aggregate by a collective. Those participating in this training session will be nurtured in the creation of their own “book of knowledge” beginning with a self-organizing session and concluding with hot wash-up backbriefs for the elected chair of each open space working group. Owen, Harrison, Open Space Technology
0900-1200 Open Source Analytic Tool-Kit
1400-1700 CrisisMappers and Ushahi
Track A 0900-1200 Ehren, Colin, Founder, Research & Intelligence Support Centre
Track B 1200-1700 Reuser, Arno : Director, Reuser’s Information Services
Track C 0900-1200 Full=Spectrum Over HUMINT — Civil, Diplomatic, Education, & Other
Track D 1200-1700 Active OSINT – Harvesting the Distributed Intelligence of Humanity
NOTE: Open Space track will be introduced on Day One, Open Space sessions will take place throughout the conference, with each session being written up and posted to the conference web site, possibly also published as a separate Kindle and CreateSpace book.
NOTE: Organizations are encouraged to buy multiple full access tickets, some to be used by a person who will be present throughout, others to be shared by four distinct individuals — this will give each organization a cadre of five people who in the aggregate will understand how to advance any Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) program, by-passing bureaucratic obstacles and establishing local to global networks across all boundaries. Seats are transferrable at any time. Organizations that send five or more people will receive an invitation to participate in the planning of the next conference, and a sustaining role in the month to month networking activities between conferences.