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Header: May 12, 2006
"911, Iraq, & Bin Laden: US's $60 Billion Intelligence Failure"
Presented by Former Intelligence Officer Robert D. Steele from Washington, D.C.
The World Affairs Council of Kentucky/Southern Indiana's Global Economic Forum

"911, Iraq, & Bin Laden: US's $60 Billion Intelligence Failure"

Presented by Former Intelligence Officer Robert D. Steele from Washington, D.C.
The World Affairs Council of Kentucky/Southern Indiana's Global Economic Forum

May 2, 2006—(Louisville, KY)—Former Career Intelligence Officer Robert D. Steele will come to Louisville, Ky. on June 14 to detail how and why open source intelligence methods should be used more frequently to track high priority issues and military enemies. ASPectx founder Dawn Yankeelov, and a member of the organizing committee for the area World Affairs Council's Global Economic Forum Series, extended the invitation to bring perspective to Kentuckians in this the area.

Open source intelligence or "OSINT" refers to an intelligence gathering discipline based on analyzing information collected from open sources, i.e. information available to the general public. These sources include newspapers, the internet, books, phone books, scientific journals, radio broadcasts, television, and others.

Robert David Steele, a career intelligence officer who went on to found the Marine Corps Intelligence Command and then the international Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) movement, believes that 80 percent of the threats to the U.S. can be monitored through open source intelligence methods. However, Steele contends, $60 billion a year is spent on the 20% of the threats amenable to secret sources and methods.

The kickoff event for this year's Global Economic Forum Series will be held on Weds., June 14th with a general lecture at 5:30PM open to the public and a business dinner at 6:30 PM. Tickets will be sold in advance and at the door: $20 for the main event; and $100 for the business dinner. The general lecture will be held in the Greenbaum Room, at Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald, 3500 National City Towner, followed by the business dinner at Vincenzo's Italian Restaurant, 150 South 5th St. Tickets for both events are on a first-come basis, and seating is limited.

In November 2005, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) announced the creation of the Open Source Center (OSC). The OSC's functions include the collection, analysis and research, training and information technology management to facilitate government-wide access and use of open source information. The center builds on the expertise of the CIA's Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS), which has provided the U.S. Government a broad range of open source products and services since 1941 (including world media content available to the public through World News Connection). The top operational open source intelligence unit in the US military is the Open Source Intelligence Branch of the Special Operations Command Joint Intelligence Center (SOCJIC).

Many other nations maintain open source intelligence gathering operations, for example Australia's Office of National Assessments, the UK's BBC Monitoring Service, and the Swiss Army. Collection and analysis tasks are allocated in different ways by different agencies.

To hear more on how this approach effects homeland security and you, join the general public and World Affairs Council members at this exciting event. may be purchased by calling the World Affairs Council at (502) 561-5422. Checks for tickets can be mailed to World Affairs Council, 200 West Broadway, Suite 607, Louisville, Kentucky 40202. Space is limited, and tickets for both events are on a first-come basis. Please include a daytime phone number, type of tickets and quantity desired, if ordering by mail.

About Robert Steele
Robert David Steele is a former career intelligence officer who founded the Marine Corps Intelligence Command and is the leading voice of the Open Intelligence Movement. He has been featured in Year in Computers 2000, named one of the Microtimes 100 industry leaders and unsung heroes shaping the future, and is the central character in Alvin Toffler's chapter in War and Anti-War on "The Future of the Spy". Steele has hosted over 6,000 multinational intelligence professionals at his annual Global Information Forum, and trained an additional 1,500 at various tailored events hosted by 19 different countries. He is the primary author of the DIA, NATO, and SOF Open Source Intelligence Handbook, and the primary sponsor for the 30,000 pages of substantive training materials on open source information that are offered free to the public at Steele is the author of On Intelligence: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World (2000); The New Craft of Intelligence: Personal, Public, & Political (2002); and Information Operations: All Information, All Languages, All the Time (2005). He is also the publisher and a contributing editor to Peacekeeping Intelligence: Emerging Concepts for the Future (2003), and, Peacekeeping Intelligence: The Way Ahead (2006). For more information, go to

The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is a community-based, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational programming on international and intercultural topics throughout the state and community; and to fostering linkages between the people and institutions of Kentucky/Southern Indiana and their counterparts throughout the world.
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Ben Jones
World Affairs Council of Kentucky/Southern Indiana

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