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
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
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.
2013 COLLECTIVE NATO OSINT to OSE/M4IS2 Round-Up