Few people have a proper appreciation for the security value of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). It is the ONLY form of decision-support that can be shared with ANYBODY, and therefore it is the easist foundation for establishing a common view of the first 80% where it is easy to agree, and of the final 20% where more difficult and nuanced dialog must take place. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) continues to respect the needs of developing nations for nuclear energy, the fears of varied nations with respect to nuclear munitions, and the value of OSINT in addressing both sides of the nuclear coin.
BGen Jim Cox, CA was the Deputy N-2 for the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) which is also the central headquarters element for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). If there is one person who can be identified as the “do-er” who took Capt Patrick Tyrrell’s paper on the need for NATO OSINT (click on From Left to go to that paper, and ultimately mandated, funded, and saw through the creation of the three core NATO conceptual publications on OSINT (Frog Right), it would be Brigadier Cox.
Retired Army Brigadier General, with extensive UN and NATO experience. After a 38 year career, retired from the Canadian Forces in 2001. Currently work as an analyst in the Library of Parliament supporting the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence, the Senate Sub-Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Canada-NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Also pursuing a PhD in War Studies with the Royal Military College of Canada.
Below are the extracts from the Executive Summary of the Brahimi Report (Report of the United Nations Panel on Peace Operations) as they appeared in PEACEKEEPING INTELLIGENCE: Emerging Concepts for the Future. The extracts focus on the decision-support aspects of the report–the UN cannot get the strategic mandate right, the operational force structure right, the tactical rules of engagement right, or even the technical sufficiency (e.g. 1:50,000 combat charts) right without intelligence (decision-support).
Below is the complete report online, both in online form and as a free down-loadable paginated PDF.