Robert David Steele

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Robert David Steele
Robert David Steele
Robert David Steele
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 former Central Intelligence Agency clandestine services case officer. He is known for his promotion of open source intelligence (OSINT).[1][2] He was a candidate for the Reform Party's nomination for President of the United States in the 2012 presidential election until February 23, 2012.[3]


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. Steele reportedly 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.

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.[4] He withdrew on February 23, 2012, citing a lack of support from other prospective third party candidates.


  • The Open Source Everything
  • INTELLIGENCE for EARTH - Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability
  • On Intelligence: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World
  • The New Craft of Intelligence: Personal, Public, & Political--Citizen's Action Handbook for Fighting Terrorism, Genocide, Disease, Toxic Bombs, & Corruption
  • Information Operations: All Information, All Languages, All the Time
  • THE SMART NATION ACT: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest
  • Information operations: putting the "I" back into DIME
  • Peacekeeping Intelligence: Emerging Concepts for the Future

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