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.
Greg Fyffe retired before his contributioins could be properly acknowledged. He excelled at understanding the value of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) in meeting political decision-support needs that must of necessity be discussed with and explained to parties outside the government. He also excelled at seeing the role that OSINT could play in facilitating what the Swedes and Phi Beta Iota now call Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making, or M4IS2.
Below are his summary and his paper as presented on this vital topic.
Dr. Greg Fyffe, Executive Director, International Assessment Staff, Privy Council Office, is little known to the general public, but most respected by all who appreciation his apolitical balanced approach to the evaluation of conflicting sources and the presentation of actionalbe decision support to the Prime Minister of Canada and selected other Ministers. Below is his contribution to OSS ’02.