KINDLE: Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Done Right: An Indictment of 25 years of expensive passive failure

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This briefing has been funded and approved for delivery in its present form, in April 2016, to the military, police, and national intelligence services of Denmark. It was also presented in Norway, but less formally. As NATO and a number of countries “re-think” Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), this briefing and the related white paper, should help focus on the essentials that have been neglected for the past quarter century.

It is nothing less than an indictment of 25 years of expensive passive failure associated with the mis-direction of OSINT away from active human sourcing as I originally envisioned, toward passive online searching that is, as one study recently concluded, over 80% absolute garbage.

This is what BGen Dr. James Cox, the original sponsor of my work for NATO in 2000-2002, had to say in 2013:

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Sep 27

Stephen E. Arnold: US Government Struggling with IT — 77% of funding consumed by O&M — while Palantir sues US Army for business….

Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

US Government: Computer Infrastructure

Notice that the US Federal government spent $0.68 cents of every IT dollar on operations and maintenance in 2010. Jump to the 2017 estimate. Notice that the status quo is likely to consume $0.77 cents of every IT dollar.

Bam! Pow! Zap! Palantir Steps Up Fight with US Army

I recall one Master of the Universe telling me, “Keep the client happy.” Today an alternative approach has emerged [and is being pioneered by Palantir]. I term it “Fight with the client.” I assume the tactic works really well.

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Sep 27

Stephen E. Arnold: Palantir Attacks US Army, Geosparsing, DoD Buries In-Q-Tel, Digital Currencies Neither Anonymous nor Reliable

Categories: IO Impotency
Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

A Congressman Seems to Support Palantir Gotham for US Army Personnel: I was disappointed that a reference to the F 35 was not included. From my vantage point in Harrod’s Creek, the F 35 program is a more spectacular display of procurement goofs.

Geoparsing Is More Magical Than We Think: The article acts as a promo piece for the GeoDoc application, however, it does delve into the details into how geoparsing works and its benefits.

Improvements in News and Military Technology Coming: DoD looks out the windshield of innovation and In-Q-Tel looks at the world via a rear view mirror.

Digital Currencies: Anonymity and Trust Not Working at Peak Efficiency: Other major issue with Bitcoin is that it is unregulated. It can lose its entire value in a single day.

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