Graphic: 9-11 Commission Open Source Agency

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The 9-11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, 26 July 2004.  As found on Page 23 in the Summary and Page 413 within Chapter 13, “How to Do It?  A different Way of Organizing the Government.”

See also: Search: The Future of OSINT [is M4IS2-Multinational]

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Search: The Future of OSINT [is M4IS2-Multinational]

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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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1988-2009 OSINT-M4IS2 TECHINT Chronology

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Steele as Wild Card Speaker

Phi Beta Iota: This started as a short list for the various college and university engineering students that have dialed in, but as we got into it, it became more of a “situational awareness” inventory pulling together both technical “solutions” none of which have been integrated yet, and analytic “requirements” none of which have been satisfied yet.

$75 billion a year for secret intelligence, and we still do not have an analytic desktop toolkit, all-source geospatially and historically and cultural astute back office processing, or global reach to all humans, all minds, all the time.  Sucks for us.  Let's see what the Smart Mob can do….

We specifically invite suggestions in the Comments for removing items from this list, or for adding items from within this website or from any other website.  This is now a work zone.  Steele is available to visit any engineering workshop and especially those working on bottom-up clouds like Swarm DPL (transparently scalable distributed programming language).

See also About the Idea, Articles, Briefs, Handbooks, and Historic Contributions. Use the Menu–everything on this stie responds to “OSINT” that is not a good search term.  Rock on!


2009 Arnold Google: The Digital Gutenberg

2008 Memoranda: Policy-Budget Outreach Tool

2006  USSOCOM Software List and STRONG ANGEL TOOZL

2006 Morville (UK) Ambient Findability Massive Scale Beyond Your Imagination A Recommedned Approach to Creating the World Brain with Instant Recall

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2009 DoD OSINT Leadership and Staff Briefings

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I have sought to help USDI on multiple occasions, and failed every time. Here is the 2009 effort, with the assistance of Dr. Joseph Markowitz, who also failed to get CIA to take OSINT seriously.

Complete briefings (graphics & script) below the fold.

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Dr. Joseph Markowitz

Dr. Joseph Markowitz is without question the most qualified Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) pioneer in the ranks of those presently in or retired from U.S. government service.  As the only real chief of the Community Open Source Program Office (COSPO) he tried valiently to nurture a program being systematically undermined by both the leadership and the traditional broadcast monitoring service.  When he moved on to advise the Defense Science Board, he served America well by helping them fully integrate the need for both defense open source information collection and exploitation, and defense information sharing with non-governmental organizations.  His persistent but diplomatic efforts merit our greatest regard.

2006 Markowitz (US) Open Source Information and US Transitions to and from Hostilities (Defense Science Board Report, December 2004), in Relation to Information-Sharing with non-DoD and Froeign Parties

2003 Markowitz (US) Open Source in Support to All-Source Intelligence

1999 Allen (US) Requirements, Collection, and Current Awareness: The Human Dimension (The Role of Open Sources as the Foundation for Successful All-Source Collection Strategies) (Ghost-Written by Markowitz)

Reference: Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) Number 300: Management, Integration, and Oversight of Intelligence Collection and Covert Action

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OCD 300

Phi Beta Iota Editorial Comment (DOI: 11 August 2009)

This directive is “senior” to directive 301 but rather strangely does not appear to be included in the essential references relevant to creating the OSINT discipline.  Key points:

1.  OSINT is co-equal to HUMINT and TECHINT in DNI emphasis and stature, but the ADDNI/OS does not appear to report directly to the DDNI/C, has no staff, no program line, and is generally a sideshow.  The DNI should be challenged to make good on how this Directive treats OSINT.

2.  This directive also identifies the Mission Managers as key players, and they have not, that we can see, been included by the ADDNI/OS as they should be.

3.  Despite the best of intentions, the morphing of the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) into the Open Source Center (OSC), both CIA entities whatever their label, has been a disaster.  We have destroyed FBIS, which was once a world-class foreign broadcast monitoring service, and put in its place a mediocre and poorly-informed make-believe service of common concern that makes promises it cannot keep, has done a great deal of damage to defense OSINT, and is incapable of organizing a Whole of Government OSINT capability.  The DDNI/C needs to revisit this, it cannot be done at lower levels.

4.  Authorities and Responsibilities of the DDNI/C include, as item 1(4), attention to gaps with OSINT.  This is a huge responsibility that has not been addressed by the DDNI/C, who needs to understand that OSINT, properly funded and managed, can resolve at least 50% of the extant gaps, and probably closer to 80%.

5.  The DDNI/C is responsible for helping the DDNI/M address competency and qualifications within the various collection disciplines.  This has not been done for OSINT, in part because those doing the defining are defining on the basis on what little they know.  They do not know what they do not know.  The DDNI/C needs an external advisory board fully familiar with global OSINT skills and competencies to make this right.

6.  This directive explicitly states that the ADDNI/OS is the Chair of the National Open Source Council.  The ADDNI/OS is in violation of this directive in delegating that duty to the Director of the CIA/DNI OSC.  Unless the ADDNI/OS wishes to switch places with the latter, this assigned duty must be immediately restored as intended, to the ADDNI/OS alone.

7.  The ADDNI/OS is charged by this directive with overseeing the OSC.  By all accounts, what the ADDNI/OS has actually done is ceded all responsibility to the OSC.  The DDNI/C needs to examine this situation and take corrective action.  It bears mention that the ADDNI/OS has zero authority, no staff to speak of (less one incredibly gifted person long over-worked and long over-due for recognition), and evidently no “big picture” justifying his appointment to the position.  At the DNI level, OSINT does not exist in tangible relevant form.

8.  The scattered assignment of executive agency to CIA, FBI, and DIA needs to be re-visited.  The OSC should be limited to serving the CIA at the same time that FBIS is restored as an independent entity.  It will take years to undo the damage, including the loss of foreign translators and subject-matter experts that FBIS was induced to lay off.  The National Virtual Translation Center should be put into the Open Source Agency, along with the National Documents Exploitation Center which still appears in this document as National Media Exploitation Center, a misnomer.

On balance, ICD 300 is superior to ICD 301 and needs to be re-visited before ICD 301 can be updated.  We recommend that the DDNI/C convene a very small group including Joe Markowitz, Boyd Sutton, and Robert Steele, as well as the chief librarians from the Library of Congress, the Government Accountability Office, and the Department of State, and that the entire OSINT account be scrubbed so that first ICD 300, and then ICD 301, and be completely revised and re-issued on 1 October 2009.

Memorandum: OSS CEO to DNI One-Pager


The US Intelligence Community does not lack for well-intentioned leaders, but somehow, despite the efforts of Jim Schlesinger in the 1970's and many others through the 1980's and 1990's and into the new century, transformation eludes us.  We speculate that secrecy has a great deal to do with it–and one leader commented, the only person who could brief him on a program he wanted to terminate was the person who stood to lose their fiefdom if he did.  Below is the single page summing up 20 years of endeavor, as delivered to the DNI.  It remains valid today (6 August 2009).

DNI 22 Jul 07

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2007 Amazon as Hub of World Brain — 2013 Clean Movie Has Just Become Available

2006 Briefing to the Coalition Coordination Center (CCC) Leadership at the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM)–Multinational Intelligence: Can CENTCOM Lead the Way? Reflections on OSINT & the Coalition