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The future of OSINT is M4IS2.

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.

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Who’s Who in Public Intelligence: Steve Edwards

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PLATINUM LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Detective Steve Edwards, MBE, UK

Detective Steve Edwards, Member of the British Empire, has been the foremost law enforcement pioneer in the field of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and it is with heartfelt admiration that we applaud his recent recognition by the Queen of England.  His gentle, self-effacing, sober appreciation of the nuances of crime, private sector offerings, and government needs for innovation have enabled him to bring disparate personalities and capabilities together in a  most effective manner.

Graphic: Connecting the Dots from Ingestion Onwards

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Connecting the Dots
Connecting the Dots

Mike Hayden introduced the important concept of being able to connect the dots across disciplines from ingestion point onwards, not only at the finished production level.  Steve Edwards flipped chart to show dots coming it at the top, and Robert Steele added the last three bars, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), Information Operations (IO), and all Other.

2003 Edwards (UK) Open Source Intelligence Gathering Within the UK Police National Intelligence Model (NIM)

Historic Contributions, Law Enforcement

Steve Edwards
Steve Edwards

PLATINUM LIFETIME AWARD Detective Steve Edwards, MBE, UK

Detective Steve Edwards, Member of the British Empire, has been the foremost law enforcement pioneer in the field of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and it is with heartfelt admiration that we applaud his recent recognition by the Queen of England.  His gentle, self-effacing, sober appreciation of the nuances of crime, private sector offerings, and government needs for innovation have enabled him to bring disparate personalities and capabilities together in a  most effective manner.

Steve Edwards is one of two individuals to have received Royal Honours for their accomplishments in the Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) field.

Below are the slides and text from his presentation to OSS ’03.

Steve Edwards Slides
Steve Edwards Slides
Steve Edwards Text
Steve Edwards Text

1999 Edwards (UK) Scotland Yard SO11 Open Source Unit Presentation

Historic Contributions, Law Enforcement
Steve Edwards
Steve Edwards

PLATINUM Edwards, Detective Steve Edwards, MBE, UK
Detective Steve Edwards, Member of the British Empire, has been the foremost law enforcement pioneer in the field of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and it is with heartfelt admiration that we applaud his recent recognition by the Queen of England.  His gentle, self-effacing, sober appreciation of the nuances of crime, private sector offerings, and government needs for innovation have enabled him to bring disparate personalities and capabilities together in a  most effective manner.

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1998 Fry (UK) Open Sources and Law Enforcement–Learning Curves and Pain Barriers within Scotland Yard (Metropolitan Police of London)

Historic Contributions, Law Enforcement
Alan G. Fry
Alan G. Fry

Alan Fry is a household name in the United Kingdom, where he is “on the spot” with counter-terrorism.  What few know is that he is bracketed by Sir David Veness, today the Deputy Secretary of the United Nations for Safety and Security, who led anti-terrorism for a very long time and created the first deep Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) unit in modern law enforcement history, and Detective Constable Steve Edwards, who created the unit.  With thanks to Steve Edwards, one of the true OSINT pioneers, below is the presentation by then Deputy Assistant Commissioner Fry.

Scotland Yard
Scotland Yard