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Robert David Steele

Blog of former CIA spy who is also the founder of the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, the leader of the Open Source Intelligence movement, and the most published intelligence reformer in the English language -- two of his eight books have Forewords from US Senators themselves Chairmen of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

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January 10, 2019

I always enjoy visiting the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), and most recently read “Entering 2019: Challenges and Opportunities,” by President Igor Ivanov of RIAC, himself also former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation…

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November 26, 2018

I had occasion recently to engage with the thinking of the very talented Professor Igor Panarin, a most distinguished Russian intelligence officer and strategic forecaster, and today the dean of the Russian school for future diplomats. In 1998 he…

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November 20, 2018

I always appreciate the thoughts of Andrey Kortunov and read “Trump-Putin Meetings: Do Elephants Need Celibacy”[1] with great interest. While I agree with most of what my colleague has written, I want to make a few points that should be encouraging to…

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November 9, 2018

I make it a point to check the Russian International Affairs Council pages regularly, and I was not disappointed when I found President Igor Ivanov’s article, “Road to Nowhere,” as published also in The Moscow Times.[i] Everything stated in this article…

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October 15, 2018

He was speaking to America, scorning the cabal servants in the room Introduction President Donald Trump’s speech and press conference at the United Nations are a permanent record and valuable when analyzed with an American populist lens. It is not…

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September 24, 2018

I read Oleg Shakirov’s “’Russian Propaganda’: On Social Networks, in Eastern Europe, and Soon Everywhere,”[1] It is a useful perspective but lacking in historical and multi-national context. I wrote the original book, INFORMATION OPERATIONS: All…

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July 25, 2018

Igor Ivanov’s recent article, “A Roadmap for Russia-U.S. Relations” provides a methodical Russian perspective of great value.[1] Here I will provide a practical American perspective, with the hope that it might help President Vladimir Putin and his…

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July 3, 2018

This is one of those rare books where I am compelled to start reading at the index and then read each endnote with great care, before beginning to read the main volume. It is an important book that makes an important contribution, but most readers –…

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June 20, 2018

James R. Clapper, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence (Viking, 2018), 432 pages, $17.99, ISBN-13: 978-0525558644. [IMG ID=254]There was a time when I thought James Clapper was one of the top five flag officers among the sixty-five…

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June 13, 2018

IDEN A is not John McAfee but of equivalent substantive stature. This is the pre-Amazon calculation. The future of block chain will be known as BA and AA — before and after Amazon. It is not clear if PayPal, among others, sees the threat as well as the…

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June 7, 2018

This book (essay) is a double-spaced screed, not to be confused with the lengthier and more substantive but no less mendacious Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror (Penguin, 2017)[i] in which the author told many lies as part…

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June 4, 2018

On 23 May 2018 Politico featured a story, “Pompeo: No ‘deep state’ at State or CIA,”[1] in which the Secretary of State, a few months ago and ever so briefly the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA), is quoted as being dismissive of the…

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