These are my words, reflecting what I learned in multiple funded trips to work with Dutch intelligence at various levels, and multiple conversation across various conferences I attended in Europe. This is more or less what I told George Tenet when he became DCI….to no effect, naturally.
1994 was a very stressful time in Dutch intelligence history. A scandal had erupted in which the Parliament was investigating Dutch intelligence intrusions with audio-video into the homes of specific Dutch citizens suspected of this and that. Parliament was so angry they threatened to cut all funding for all intelligence. Two very good things emerged from this:
Intelligence is a tool for power and traditionally very sensitive by nature. Well-established and bureaucratic resistance, international positioning and working methods hamper cooperation concerning intelligence. In a multifunctional and multinational peace operation a lot of informal structures are intertwined with formal structures.
In order to create a picture of the widest spectrum in a multifunctional mission cooperation is necessary among military, police, Governmental- and International organisations and NGO`s. Intelligence services need to communicate with each other, and multi-lateral agreements need to be established to governing the collection, analysis and sharing of intelligence.
NEVER confuse our passion for public intelligence with a desire to eliminate the secret world. On the contrary, Rule 1 for our multinational concept is “Feed the High Side First.” Rule 2 prohibits the high side from controlling open source sharing among all multinational stake-holders. This is all outlined in Search: The Future of OSINT [is M4IS2-Multinational].
We also distinguish between getting OSINT right within the all-source secret environment, and getting public intelligence right outside of and completely independent from the secret environment. Within the secret intelligence world, OSINT is still at the fourth-grade level, as least in the USA and outside the Nordics and Netherlands, here are a few graphics understood by but not yet accepted in contradistinction to the current paradigm within that community. Absent Integrity, no one will get to where we need to be.
Here are the core elements of the new model as promulgated by this web site as a front end of the Earth Intelligence Network (EIN), a 501c3 Public Charity. Our integral consciousness is reflected in our logo.
INTELLIGENCE is DECISION-SUPPORT. The process of intelligence is separate from whether the sources and methods are secret or not. There is nothing secret, unethical, or illegal about the process of intelligence as decision-support.
Original “Class Before One” (2010 Class 001 in Planning)