Journal: Worth a Look–the Echo Chamber Project

Collaboration Zones, Communities of Practice, Historic Contributions, Methods & Process, Reform, Technologies
Kent Bye
Kent Bye

Echo Chamber Project: Interviews at OSS ’06

Praise for this effort

Submitted by Robert David Steele (not verified) on Sat, 2006-03-11 18:48.
I have never, in 18 years of OSINT advocacy, seen a more professional and intelligent endeavor to understand and report on what we are trying to do. This is absolutely world-class, and my admiration is unbounded. This creative individual has a lifetime free pass to our conferences. His technical, legal, and people skills are of the highest order.
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Kent’s photo links to the ten video interviews he did at OSS ’06, the last conference before it was stolen and consequently destroyed  by an individual that broke his promise (one of several) and is fortuitously no longer responsible for anything of significance. All of the interviews are recommended, but then Congressman Simmons, now running for Senator in place of Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticutt, is especially noteworthy.  No one in government has, in the twenty one years we have been fighting this fight, gotten a better grip not just on the idea of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) as a separate discipline, but on OSINT as a means of revitalizing American education, improving decision-support to every Congressional jurisdiction (most get NOTHING from the secret intelligence world), and helping the President and the Cabinet Secretaries manage Whole of Govenrment Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Operational Campaigns.
Among those interviewed that we hold in very high esteem are Michael Andregg, Carolyn Stewart, Mats Bjore, Ralph Peters, Robert Young Pelton, Stephen E. Arnold, and Peter Morville.  There is also an interview with Robert Steele, who is not tagged within this website.
Below is a direct link to Kent Bye and a collage of clips from each of the people he interviewed.  We consider this the single best most brilliant piece of citizen journalism on the concept of OSINT.
Overview Video
Overview Video
Below are the currently available links for audio only for all those interviewed:

Michael Andregg on Secrecy and Insanity

Stephen E Arnold on Technology

Mats Bjore on Globalization

Peter Morville on Ambient Findability

Robert Young Pelton on Hearing all Sides

Ralph Peters on Wars of Blood and Faith

Rob Simmons on the Big Picture for America

Robert Steele on Washington Running on 2%

Carolyn Stewart on Information Operations

Below links directly to the Simmons interview, use the photograph link above to select any of the others.  NOTE: the video portion appears to have been disabled for all of them, you get audio only right now, we are working on this with Kent, it is vastly better to see these individuals in full multi-media form.

Rob Simmons
Rob Simmons

Military Archives on Public Intelligence (1992-2006)

Military
Archives 1992-2006
Archives 1992-2006

2005

US

MilitarySteeleUS Army Conference: E3i: Making the Revolution

2005

US

MilitaryUSAArmy Modernization Briefing

2004

US

MilitarySimmonsForeword to the Draft SOF OSINT Handbook

2004

NL

MilitaryWiebesSIGINT in Bosnia

2003

US

MilitaryHardeeOSINT in Support of Special Operations

2003

US

MilitaryHarrisonOSINT Requirements, Collection, & Production Management

2003

US

MilitarySteeleSOUTHCOM: Strategic Threat Assessment

2003

US

MilitarySteeleAFCEA Texas: C4I Revolution and National Security

2003?

US

MilitarySteeleTo SecDef: Force Structure Trade-Offs and the Real World

2002

US

MilitaryHardeeGrowing an Open Source Intelligence Program

2001

US

MilitarySteeleAUSA: Intelligence Support to a Transforming Army

2001

US

MilitarySteeleAWC: Welcome to the Real World: Force Structure Trade-Offs

2000

CA

MilitaryCoxOSINT at SHAPE…Some Musings

2000

FR

MilitaryDebatThe Challenge of Informing European Defence Decisions

2000

US

MilitaryHughesOpen Sources and Intelligent Solutions

2000

Austria

MilitaryMuellerAustrian Military Intelligence Thoughts on OSINT

2000

UK

MilitaryReganThe UK Ministry of Defence OSINT Program

2000

US

MilitaryReynoldsU.S. Transportation Command OSINT

2000

US

MilitarySteeleBriefing to NATO/PfP: One World Ready or Not

1999

US

MilitaryClarkEAGLE VISION: USAF Initiative for Tactical Receipt of Imagery

1999

US

MilitaryConnorsPACOM Additional Slides on VIC

1999

US

MilitaryConnorsU.S. Pacific Command’s Virtual Information Center (VIC)

1999

US

MilitaryDearthIntelligence in the 21st Century

1999

US

MilitaryLeeSummary of Military Map Availabililty for Iran

1999

US

MilitaryMyers & MadisonVirtual Information Center Concept Refinement

1999

US

MilitaryPrinslow & BondInformation Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies

1999

US

MilitarySteeleOverview of OSINT Issues & OSINT Utility to DoD

1999

US

MilitarySteeleSetting the Stage for Information Sharing in the 21st Century: 3 Issues

1999

US

MilitarySteeleWhat Do We Need to Know and Where Do We Get It? (Slides)

1999

US

MilitarySteeleExpeditionary Environment in the 21st Century

1999

US

MilitaryWirtzBridging the Culture Gap: OSINT and the Tet Offensive

1998

US

MilitaryBeavers & ShanahanOperationalizing IO in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Book Chapter)

1998

SE

MilitaryBjoreOpen Sources and Methods for the Military

1998

SE

MilitaryBjoreOSINT Lessons Learned

1998

UK

MilitaryRathmellAssessing the IW Threat from Sub-State Groups

1998

US

MilitarySteeleINFORMATION PEACEKEEPING: Purest Form of War (Outline)

1998

US

MilitarySteeleSkeptical Assessment of USN-USMC Based on Real-World OSINT

1998

US

MilitarySteeleTAKEDOWN: The Asymmetric Threat to the Nation

1998

UK

MilitaryTyrrellOSINT: The Challenge for NATO

1997

US

MilitaryAlgerIATAC: Building a Knowledge Base of Emerging IAT

1997

US

MilitaryClarkEAGLE VISION: Tactical Downlink Station for Imagery

1997

US

MilitaryClintonManaging Complex Contingency Operations

1997

US

MilitaryMolholmDTIC: Building a Virtual Knowledge Warehouse

1997

US

MilitaryNecobaThe Marines and OSINT

1997

US

MilitaryPedtkeNational Air Intelligence Center Science & Technology OSINT

1997

US

MilitarySteeleCINC Brief: The One that Got CINCSOC (Now CSA) to Buy In

1997

US

MilitarySteeleCreating a Bare Bones OSINT  Capability (Slides)

1997

US

MilitarySteeleCreating a Bare Bones OSINT Unit for DIA

1997

US

MilitarySteeleCINCSOC 10 Minute Brief on OSINT

1997

US

MilitaryVeselyStriking A Balance: National, Operational, & Tactical Acquisition

1996

US

MilitarySmithDefense Mapping Agency and the Commercial Sector

1996

US

MilitarySteeleOpen Source Intelligence Handbook, Chapter 5, OSINT and Military

1996

US

MilitarySteeleDIA/JMITC: National Knowledge Strategy & Revolution in Intelligence

1996

US

MilitarySteinMapping, Charting, and Geodetic Needs for Remote Sensing Data

1995

SE

MilitaryBjoreSix Years of Open Source Information (OSI): Lessons Learned

1995

US

MilitaryDandarArmy Intelligence XXI, Open Source Status Report

1995

US

MilitaryDandarOSIF Exploitation for Army Intelligence XXI: Summary

1995

UK

MilitaryGarfieldUpdate on the UK MoD OSINT Programme (Slides)

1995

UK

MilitaryGarfieldUpdate on the UK MoD OSINT Programme (Text)

1995

US

MilitaryRicardeliOSINT in Support of Haiti Invasion (Slides)

1995

US

MilitaryRicardeliOSINT in Support of Haiti Invasion (Text)

1995

US

MilitarySteeleThe Military Perspective on Information Warfare: Apocalypse Now

1995

US

MilitarySteeleAWC: Open Source Intelligence for the Military

1994

US

MilitaryBrooks & McKeeyerSplit-Based Ops in DESERT STORM: Glimpse of the Future Digital Army

1994

US

MilitaryMunroINFORMATION WARFARE: Snake Eaters Meet Net-Heads

1994

US

MilitaryPedtkeNAIC & The Intelligence Community Open Source Architecture

1994

US

MilitarySteeleDIA/JMITC: NS via the Reinvention of National & Defense Intelligence

1992

US

MilitaryCliftMilitary OSINT Requirements, Capabilities, and Contracting Directions

1992

US

MilitaryPedtke et alNAIC S&T Open Source Intelligence Requirements & Capabilities

1992

US

MilitaryPetersenNew Roles for the U.S. Military

1992

US

MilitarySchwartauIntroduction to Information Warfare

1992

US

MilitarySteeleIntelligence Lessons Learned from Recent Expeditionary Operations

1992

US

MilitarySteeleComments Prepared for Future War Roundtable

1992

US

MilitaryStrassmannForcing Innovation, Cutting Costs, and Increasing Defense Productivity

1991

US

MilitarySteeleDefense Intelligence Productivity in the 1990’s

1990

US

MilitaryUSMC & SteeleExpeditionary Environment Research & Analysis Model

1990

US

MilitaryUSMC & SteeleExpeditionary Mission Area Factors Summaries

Commerce Archive on Public Intelligence (1992-2006)

Commerce
Archive 1992-2006
Archive 1992-2006

2004

SE

CommerceBjoreCommercial Intelligence

2003

SE

CommerceBjoreReinventing Commercial Intelligence

2002

US

CommerceKlavansIdentifying Commercial Opportunities from Emerging Science

2000

US

CommerceTechnology Intelligence from Patents

2000

US

CommerceSullivanBusiness Perspective on Essential Overseas Information

1999

FR

CommerceBaumlinEspionage or Business Intelligence: Nuances of Gray

1999

UK

CommerceCollierOverview of New Horizons in OSINT Sources, Softwares, Services

1999

US

CommerceMillerThe Year the Information Industry Hit Bottom

1999

US

CommerceRobinsonHow Mobil Uses Open Sources & Services

1998

FR

CommerceBaumlinBlack, White, Gray, Realities of the Investigative Marketplace

1998

US

CommerceBoyerAssessing US and Other Space Imaging Options for European Needs

1998

GE

CommerceBrucknerInformation and Knowledge Management in Intelligence Situations

1998

US

CommerceBurwellCommercial Online Source Validation Methods

1998

UK

CommerceCollierThe Pricing of Electronic Information

1998

US

CommerceDunnConfronting the Future of the Information Industry

1998

Israel

CommerceFeilerOpen and Personal: Economic Intelligence in the Middle East

1998

US

CommerceHorowitzEconomic Espionage and OSINT: Legal and Security Implications

1998

US

CommerceStaraValuing Competitive Intelligence

1998

US

CommerceYankeelovPushing the Assets of Time and Knowledge

1997

BE

CommerceBorry & SohlElectronic Sources & Methods: A Belgian Business Perspective

1997

US

CommerceSuggsInternational Trade & Commerce Intelligence Search Strategies (Slides)

1997

US

CommerceSuggsInternational Trade & Commerce Intelligence Search Strategies (Text)

1996

US

CommerceBatesRecent and Emerging Trends in Information Brokering

1996

US

CommerceCallRealities & Myths Regarding Financial Research Using Open Sources

1996

US

CommerceKolb (SCIP)Sales Pitch for the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals

1996

US

CommerceSibbitEmerging Business Models for Commercial Remote Sensing

1996

US

CommerceSteeleConcise Directory of Selected International Open Sources & Services

1996

US

CommerceSteeleOpen Source Intelligence Handbook, Chapter 1, Overview

1995

US

CommerceHerringBusiness Intelligence in Japan and Sweden: Lessons for the US

1995

US

CommerceHerringIntelligence to Enhance American Companies’ Competitiveness

1995

US

CommerceHerringUsing the Intelligence Process to Create Competitive Global Advantage

1995

US

CommerceSimon & BlixtEmerging Issues in Competitive Intelligence

1994

US

CommerceBaschSecrets of the Super-Searchers: A Personal and Practical Perspective

1994

Switz

CommerceBernhardtTailoring Competitive Intelligence to Executive Needs

1994

UK

CommerceCollierGlobal Information Industry and a New Information Paradigm

1994

US

CommerceHimelfarbIntroduction to Competitive and Business Intelligence

1994

US

CommerceKellyASIDIC Perspectives & Its Contributions to National Competitiveness (S)

1994

US

CommerceKellyASIDIC Perspectives & Its Contributions to National Competitiveness (T)

1994

US

CommerceMarcinkoAssociation of Information and Dissemination Centers, Case Studies

1994

US

CommerceShakerBeating the Competition: From Boardroom to War Room

1994

US

CommerceShaker & RiceFrom War Room to Board Room

1994

US

CommerceSharpHow to Identify Changes that Threaten Your Business Activity, In Advance

1994

US

CommerceStanatThe Power of Global Business Information

1994

US

CommerceSteeleGermany: ACCESS:  Theory and Practice of Competitor Intelligence

1994?

US

CommerceSteeleASIDIC: Intelligence Community as a New Market

1993

US

CommerceCaldwellInternational Investigative Market (Slides)

1993

US

CommerceCaldwellInternational Investigative Market (Text)

1993

SE

CommerceDedijerEurope’s To BI or not to BE: Inventory of a New Business Innovation

1993

US

CommerceEliasAn Overview of the Information Industry in 1993

1993

AU

CommerceFraumannBusiness is War

1993

US

CommerceHerringBusiness Intelligence: Some Have It, Some Don’t–How They Do It

1993

US

CommerceHimelfarbIntelligence Requirements for Executives

1993

US

CommerceMonaco & GerliczyEconomic Intelligence and Open Source Information

1993

JP

CommerceShimaOverview of Japanese Media and Information Systems

1993

US

CommerceSplittThe U.S. Information Industry: Changing the 21st Century

1993

US

CommerceSteeleCorporate Role in National Competitiveness

1993

US

CommerceSteeleThe Intelligence Community as a New Market

1992

US

CommerceHlavaInformation Industry Corporations (Partial Listing)

1992

US

CommerceHlavaSelected Professional and Trade Associations in Information

1992

US

CommerceHlavaThe Information Industry: Impact of Globalization

1992

US

CommerceMeyerBusiness Intelligence at the Cutting Edge

1992

US

CommerceNobelFrom A to Z: What We’ve Done with Open Sources

1992

US

CommerceShaker & KarduliasIntelligence Support to U.S. Business

1992

US

CommerceWilliamsOSINT to Create Intelligence in a Commercial Environment

2004 Bjore (SE) Software, Humanware and Intelligence: Distributed Data Capture Templates and Analytic Tools

Analysis, Collaboration Zones, Communities of Practice, Historic Contributions, Methods & Process, Technologies, Tools

Mats Bjore
Mats Bjore

PLATINUM LIFETIME AWARD, Mr. Mats Bjore, Sweden

There is no other person who has created a national open source intelligence capability, with recognition from the Royal War Academy for doing so; then gone on to rationalize McKinsey knowledge management in the Nordic region, then created the foremost international commercial intelligence practice in InfoSphere AB, and concluded with the creation of Silobreaker, a combination of sources and tools that takes the information industry to a new level.  Mats Bjore is the ultimate Long Range Reconnaissance Philosopher-Warrior.

Below is the presentation made to OSS ’06.

Mats Bjore
Mats Bjore

2002 Bjore (SE) InfoSphere Knowledge Making Sense

Analysis, Historic Contributions, Tools
Mats Bjore
Mats Bjore

PLATINUM Lifetime Award, Mr. Mats Bjore, Sweden
There is no other person who has created a national open source intelligence capability, with recognition from the Royal War Academy for doing so; then gone on to rationalize McKinsey knowledge management in the Nordic region, then created the foremost international commercial intelligence practice in InfoSphere AB, and concluded with the creation of Silobreaker, a combination of sources and tools that takes the information industry to a new level.  Mats Bjore is the ultimate Long Range Reconnaissance Philosopher-Warrior.

Then Major Bjore came to the 1992 conference, absorbed all he could, and returned to Sweden to create the first military open source unit of consequence.  He has been the originator and primary international practitioner of Commercial Intelligence, which is an order of magnitude more holistic, substantive, and profitable than Competitive Intelligence or worse, Business Intelligence (internal data mining).  While OSS.Net, Inc. retains all rights to the sales phrase “Information costs money, Intelligence makes money,” Mats Bjore and InfoSphere have epitomized the concept in their being.  He is also a principal in the creation of SILOBREAKER, follow the Frog to experience that free online analytic toolkit.  Below is his contribution to OSS ’02.

Mats Bjore
Mats Bjore
World Conflict Map 2001
SILOBREAKER

2002 OSINT 101: Basic Training in Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

Methods & Process

2002

SE

TrainingBjoreOSINT 101: Sense-Making

2002

US

TrainingBlackOSINT 101: Desktop Tools for Smart People

2002

US

TrainingChesterOSINT 101: NATO Lessons Learned

2002

US

TrainingHenkOSINT 101 Respecting the Cultural Dimension: Intelligence and Africa

2002

US

TrainingHockOSINT 101: Overview of the World of Information

2002

US

TrainingHohhofOSINT 101: Competitive Intelligence Analysis Tools & Web-Sites

2002

US

TrainingKlavans & AshtonOSINT 101: Technology Mapping with Open Sources of Information

2002

US

TrainingLeeOSINT 101: Geospatial Information Sources

2002

US

TrainingManwaringOSINT 101: Intelligence & Asymmetric Warfare

2002

US

TrainingMarshallPSINT 101: OSINT and Global Hotspots

2002

US

TrainingMoore & KrizanOSINT 101: Core Analytic Competencies

2002

US

TrainingSmithOSINT 101: Internet and Commercial Online Exploitation

2000 PRIMER on Open Sources & Methods

Methods & Process, OSINT Generic

2000

SE

TrainingBjorePRIMER: How InfoSphere Uses the Internet

2000

US

TrainingCSMPRIMER: Top Secret Kodak Moments in Space

2000

US

TrainingDavidPRIMER: Intelligence Analysis in a New Century

2000

US

TrainingDavisPRIMER: Compendium of Analytic Tradecraft Notes

2000

NL

TrainingFaracePRIMER: Gray Literature 2: Finding the Not Easily Found

2000

US

TrainingKleinPRIMER: Gray Literature 1: Finding the Needle in the Haystack

2000

US

TrainingLanzaPRIMER: Beyond the Internet (Slides)

2000

US

TrainingLanzaPRIMER: Beyond the Internet (Text)

2000

US

TrainingRodriguezPRIMER: Briefing on DIALOG

2000

US

TrainingRodriguezPRIMER: Chart Comparing DIALOG to Internet (At the Time)

2000

US

TrainingSacksPRIMER: Primary Research

2000

US

TrainingSandmanPRIMER  Applied Human Intelligence

2000

US

TrainingSnowdenPRIMER: Geospatial Intelligence Options

2000

US

TrainingSoule & RyanPRIMER: Gray Literature 3: Technical Briefing

2000

US

TrainingSteelePRIMER: A Few Thoughts on the Internet (At the Time)

2000

US

TrainingWebb & SteelePRIMER: Integrated Analytic Toolkit Requirements