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The Expanding Role of Open Source Information and Social Media for the Intelligence Community

Open source information and social media have caused a huge growth in the amount of data available to the intelligence community. In a budget constrained environment, this information explosion may become a major source for producing intelligence and protecting our nation.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM National Press sClub

Phi Beta Iota:  The US Intelligence Community costs over $80 billion dollars a year and produces “at best” 4% of what a major commander needs to know (and nothing for everyone else including Cabinet Secretaries, Assistant Secretaries, and desk officers.  The nominal Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) element within the secret world is a runt off-spring of the same bad practices.  We have wasted a quarter century on bad leaders, bad methods, bad contracts, and abysmally derelict marginal outcomes.

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