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N2-04, “NATO Open Source Intelligence Course” (NS) (This is a two week course from Aug 2013)
Aim: To educate NATO and national intelligence analysts about Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) operations, techniques, requirements and procedures

Academic Course Guide 2013-03-27 [all courses, titles and short descriptions only]

One Page Course Description (repeated below)

N2-04 NATO Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Course

The aim of this course is to educate NATO and national intelligence analysts about Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) operations, techniques, requirements and procedures. The NATO OSINT (N2-04) Course is a one week course that is taught in lectures, discussions, syndicate work and exercises. After the Cold War and with the rapid expansion of internet use in 2004, NATO decided to develop the OSINT Course at NATO School – specifically a 5-day “full immersion course” with the aim to educate NATO personnel and national intelligence analysts about Open Source Intelligence. During the Course the students will use some specific commercial and military software.

Course Length:      1 week, starting on 26 August 2013 course will then       become a 2 week course.

Offerings per year:          5

Class Size:                       28 Max / 15 Min

Security Clearance:         NATO SECRET

Rank Limitation:              Any military member of the rank OR-6 through OF-5

in NATO countries or their civilian equivalents.

Prerequisites:                  Language proficiency: English IAW STANAG 6001 3333

Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of the course the students should be able to:

  • Understand the advantages/disadvantages of Open Source products for Intelligence purposes
  • Formulate Intelligence Requirements as they pertain to OSINT and collect OSINT from a wide variety of online and non-online sources
  • Process and fuse OSINT into all-source intelligence products and effectively disseminate finished intelligence products

Phi Beta Iota:  As Brigadier Jim Cox, the father of NATO OSINT, has pointed out recently, NATO still does not do OSINT, they just do OSIF.  There is a great more than could be done if NATO would converge with the BRICS, EU, White SOF, and the regional associations.

See Also:

2013 Berto Jongman: Admrial James Stavrides Expands on “Open Source Security”

2013 Graphic: First Cut on Human Factors and Technology for UN EU NATO, AU (Africa), CELAC (Americas) and RCEP (Asia) OSE/M4IS2

2013 COLLECTIVE  NATO OSINT to OSE/M4IS2 Round-Up

2002 LCdr Andrew Chester, RN CA, “Open Source Intelligence Propositions: NATO Lessons Learned”

2000-2002 NATO OSINT Handbooks

2000  BGen James Cox, LF CA, “Open Source Intelligence: Light Lunch Musings from a Non-Expert”