Answers on OSINT for India 44: Collection Pathologies in a Typical Embassy

Sir, What was the bottom line conclusion from your second graduate thesis? Steele, Robert. National Security C3I3H3–Command, Communications, Computing, Inter-Agency, Inter-Disciplinary, Inter-Operability, Heuristics of the Community Intelligence Cycle, Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma, MPA Thesis. NOTE: above link broken, the thesis is being re-scanned and will be posted by Wednesday as a working PDF link. …

Answers on OSINT for India 43: Role of OSINT in All-Source Analysis

Sir, Please explain with illustrations and examples role of OSINT in all source analysis It is irresponsible, unprofessional, and a betrayal of the public trust to ever task a classified collection channel without first establishing what can be known from open sources of information in all languages and mediums. We do not do Whole of …

Answers on OSINT for India 42: Google Maps Resolution

Sir, What is the scale of Google maps or Bing maps? There are different versions of Google Maps. There is the high resolution unblocked maps for government  customers. There also the down resolution maps for consumers. Here’s what Google says: https://developers.google.com/earth-engine/guides/scale In theory  Google Maps could be the foundation for a World Brain in which …

Answers on OSINT for India 40: OPSEC & Counterintelligence

Sir, What are the similarities and differences between OPSEC and Counter Intelligence? Operations Security (OPSEC) is a process that identifies critical information to determine if friendly actions can be observed by enemy intelligence, determines if information obtained by adversaries could be interpreted to be useful to them, and then executes selected measures that eliminate or …

Answers on OSINT for India 39: How Are Open and Closed Sources Related?

Sir, Which of these three assumptions is closest to your decades of experience? A. Open sources are richer than the closed sources. B. Open sources are as rich as the closed ones? C. Open sources are the chiseled-out bits of closed sources which when put together can tell us about the closed sources they owe …

Answers on OSINT for India 38: OSINT is Acquisition Not Collection

Sir, This excellent person very senior retired officer speaks of OSINT collection rather than acquisition.  Did you not make a vital distinction of this point in your past writing and speaking? Q: Has India been utilizing Open Source Intelligence? How can OSINT be institutionalized in India? CORRECT.  Open Source information is ACQUIRED rather than COLLECTED, …

Answers on OSINT for India 37: Computer-Aided Tools for Analysis

Sir, You have made frequent reference to computer aided tools for the analysis of science & technology.  Can you please explain the below diagram? The above is a black and white version of the below, which was created by Diane Webb and Dennis McCormick under the supervision of Gordon Oehler, then Director of the Office …