Tribes of Intelligence

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Robert Steele:

"Beginning in the 1990s when the modern intelligence reform began, the equation of national intelligence with the US government's secret intelligence community began to be questioned.

As early as 1992, and consistent with the emergence of the debate over Internet on-ramps for all instead of a handful of research organizations, it was understood that national intelligence as a concept should be expanded to include schools, universities, libraries, businesses, private investigators and information brokers, the media, government, defense, and the now contextually much less important (secret) government intelligence communities.

More recently, eight specific tribes have been identified that must come together to share the information commons and to contribute to one another's knowledge development. They are:

  • Academic
  • Civil Society (including religions and labor unions)
  • Commerce
  • Government (including local and state)
  • Law Enforcement
  • Media
  • Military
  • Non-Government/Non-Profit

Here is a graphic of the UN and the Eight Tribes with secret sources and methods isolated. The earlier illustrations are provided in Search: Seven Tribes (now Eight Tribes)."

More Information

1992 E3i: Ethics, Ecology, Evolution, & intelligence (An Alternative Paradigm)

1994 ACCESS: The Theory and Practice of Competitor Intelligence (Journal of the Association for Global Strategic Information, July 1994)

1995 GIQ 13/2 Creating a Smart Nation: Strategy, Policy, Intelligence, and Information