Handbook: Bullets and Blogs Information Operations

Communities of Practice, InfoOps (IO), IO Multinational, IO Sense-Making, Methods & Process, Peace Intelligence
Marcus Aurelius

Invite your attention to attached — contains a couple of interesting observations about Open Source Intelligence (OSINT):

“…open source intelligence — catapulting it to primary place for new adversaries and increasingly for the U.S. military — and also rapid organizational learning and assembly of capabilities…”  [page 9]

“…There are strong indications that Hezbollah made significant use of OSINT — gathering valuable intelligence from Israeli press and news broadcasts as well as websites.  Reports suggest that Hezbollah used Israeli press reports to plot the location of its rocket strikes in Israel and may have used Google Earth to help re-calibrate the accuracy of its fire….”  [page 56]

Phi Beta Iota: When Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld heard that Al Qaeda “got it” on OSINT, his response was to close down all the DoD web sites, which merely inconvenienced Captains and Majors trying to learn.  Today we spend $75 billion a year on collecting secrets we cannot process or share, while wasting perhaps $2 billion a year across Whole of  Government on open sources, mostly in English, that we also do not process (while ignoring 99% of all we need to know that is in 183 langagues we do not speak).  A huge part of asymmetric warfare is about the mind-set of the respective opponents.  If the “high-tech brute” insists on being an uninformed brute, and the low-tech seer makes proper use of open sources and methods, the brute will lose every time.  We depicted this in the 1990’s.

See also:

Journal: DoD Mind-Set Time Lags Most Fascinating

Search: QDR “four forces after next”

2008 Rebalancing the Instruments of National Power–Army Strategy Conference of 2008 Notes, Summary, & Article

2009 Perhaps We Should Have Shouted: A Twenty-Year Restrospective

2008 Open Source Intelligence (Strategic)

2008 Open Source Intelligence (Operational)

Journal: Intelligence & Innovation Support to Strategy, Planning, Programming, Budgeting, & Acquisition

Search: Strategic Analytic Model

Search: The Future of OSINT [is M4IS2-Multinational]

2002 New Rules for the New Craft of Intelligence (Book 2 Chapter 15)

2001 Threats, Strategy, and Force Structure: An Alternative Paradigm for National Security

1998 JFQ The Asymmetric Threat: Listening to the Debate

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

1993 From Schoolhouse to White House

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