The future of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is Multinational, Multifunctional, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing & Sense-Making (M4IS2).
The following, subject to the approval of Executive and Congressional leadership, are suggested hueristics (rules of thumb):
Rule 1: All Open Source Information (OSIF) goes directly to the high side (multinational top secret) the instant it is received at any level by any civilian or military element responsive to global OSINT grid. This includes all of the contextual agency and mission specific information from the civilian elements previously stove-piped or disgarded, not only within the US, but ultimately within all 90+ participating nations.
Rule 2: In return for Rule 1, the US IC agrees that the Department of State (and within DoD, Civil Affairs) is the proponent outside the wire, and the sharing of all OSIF originating outside the US IC is at the discretion of State/Civil Affairs without secret world caveat or constraint. OSIF collected by US IC elements is NOT included in this warrant.
First presented in Canada in 1994, this was the first depiction of how out-of-date the existing government intelligence communities are. They are hierarchical Weberian stove-pipes out of touch with reality and anyone who is actually steeped in reality.
The old intelligence paradigm is on the left–a very controlled hierarchical stovepipe process that is best characterized as twelve-month planning cycles followed by three-month writing cycles and eighteen-month editing cycles. Most of what we produce is too late, not right, and not useful.
The new intelligence paradigm makes the acme of skill “knowing who knows” (with a tip of the hat to Stevan Dedijer) and the ability to put a consumer with a question in touch with a source (or multiple sources) who can create new tailored knowledge in the instant.
Stevan Dedijer (RIP) is the father of business intelligence defined as decision-support, not myopic internal data mining as the term is used today. When Admiral Studeman over-ruled CIA in 1992 (“we’ll come if the conference is SECRET U.S. Citizens Only”) we did not advertise the event and expected 150 people. 675 or so showed up, including a 15-person delegation from Sweden led by Stevan Dedijer.