Robert David Steele

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Robert David Steele
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Robert David Steele presents at The Last HOPE July 20, 2008
Born (1952-07-16) July 16, 1952 (age 62)
United States New York City, New York
Occupation Open source intelligence advocate.

Robert David Steele Vivas (born July 16, 1952) is an American activist and a former Central Intelligence Agency clandestine services case officer known for his promotion of open source intelligence (OSINT).[1]

Steele was a candidate for the Reform Party's nomination for President of the United States in the 2012 presidential election until February 23, 2012.[2]


Early life[edit]

Robert David Steele was born in New York City on July 16, 1952. His father was a petroleum industry executive. He spent his first twenty years in Latin America and Asia. He holds a B.A. in political science from Muhlenberg College, an M.A. in international relations from Lehigh University; and an M.P.A. from the University of Oklahoma.

Reform Party candidacy[edit]

In 2011 Steele announced his intention to receive the nomination of the United States Reform Party. In November of that year, he crafted a proposed statement called the Electoral Reform Act of 2012 and presented it to the Occupy Wall Street Electoral Reform Committee.[3] He withdrew on February 23, 2012, citing a lack of support from other prospective third party candidates.


All of the following works were self-published by Steele:

  • On Intelligence: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World (AFCEA, 2000). ISBN 0-9715661-0-0.
  • The New Craft of Intelligence: Personal, Public, & Political (OSS, 2002). ISBN 0-9715661-1-9.
  • Peacekeeping Intelligence: Emerging Concepts for the Future (OSS, 2003). Contributing editor with Ben de Jong and Wies Platje. ISBN 0-9715661-2-7.
  • Information Operations: All Information, All Languages, All the Time (OSS, 2005). ISBN 0-9715661-3-5.
  • The Smart Nation Act: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest (OSS, 2006). ISBN 0-9715661-3-5.

Film appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Wired article How to Restore Spies Credibility: Go Open Source published December 14, 2007. See also:
    • Agee, Philip. Inside the Company: CIA Diary. Penguin Books, 1975, p. 528. ISBN 0-14-004007-2.
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  3. ^ "Robert Steele OWS Electoral Reform Proposal". 

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