Phi Beta Iota: For all the hype, “M3” is the standard all source fusion and retrieval system. It includes the 20% that the CIA Open Source Center can muster, and it does not include TS/SCI, another 10% at best, of the all-source mix. Our most generous estimate is that the average analyst has access to 60% of what they should given today’s current state of the art in human, analog, and digital sourcing.
Beyond this are the architectural elements required to assure best in class analytic tradecraft.
01 A holistic analytic model to assure consideration of the gaps
02 A grasp of and access to true cost information on all behaviors, products, and services
03 The ability to rapidly link people, places, things, and date time groups
04 The ability to apply citation analytics to any topic and then connect directly — with cover support plans and proper authorities as required — to any expert anywhere
05 The ability to identify people at any geospatial point on the planet, ascertain their citizenship, and then selectively twitter them a financial offer to be paid via Paypal for their response (inclusive of instant photos on demand
06 The ability to leverage CrisisMappers and feed CrisisMappers to the high side in real time — and while we are at it, the ability to merge multi-disciplinary air breather and low slow collection platform data in real time and tactically
07 And other obvious capabilities the secret world will never, ever get a grip on because they are focused on keeping the money moving, not on actually addressing the analytic need.
As a general statement, any “all source fusion” endeavor that starts on the classified side rather than first proving itself against the multi-lingual, multi-domain, multi-disciplinary challenge of machine speed scalable open source, is dead on arrival and a waste of the taxpayers funds. This also relegates virtually all — not quite all — of the documentation that has been classified to the dustbin of history.