Below is a very important report that focuses primarily on Congress as a consumer of SECRET information. The report has yet to be written on Congressional needs for decision-support (intelligence) that is unclassified and can be shared with constituents, the press, and the private sector being regulated and taxed.
Click on the Frog to see a one-page listing of Congressional committees and how they would benefit from an Open Source Agency (OSA) that included Congress via the Congressional Research Service (CRS) as a primary stake-holder and recipient of unclassified decision-support. Conressional needs are also addressed by The Smart Nation Act: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest.
Congress & OSINT
Congress & OSINT
Below is the 2007 report on Open Source Intellience (OSINT). It was a hugely mediocre effort through no fault of the junior author, Al Cumming, who is now the senior author for intelligence at the Congressional Research Service (CRS). A former Staff Director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), Mr. Cumming is a bit more inquisitive, integrative, and evaluative, all necessary in helping Congress understand emerging capabilities that are still resisted by the mandarins of secrecy while not well understood by the intellience consumers who should be doing their own OSINT but do not.
Click on the Frog to read a vitrolic angry critique by OSS CEO Robert Steele, possibly the last angry document closing out 20 years of blind opposition from the secret world. This battle is OVER. The good people of America have won. Public intelligence in the public interest is here to stay, and we anticipate a growing demand to cut the secret intelligence budget in half so as to properly fund OSINT, education, and research essential to restoring the competitiveness of the USA.
OSS CEO Critique
Information Operations (IO) is improperly defined by most as being technical in nature. It is not. Properly understood, IO should cover the totality of information in all its forms, and Human Intelligence (HUMINT) is the primary player. Below is a fine CRS report on this topic from an electronic point of view.
CRS IO EW Cyber
The Special Operations Command (SOCOM) gets it. They like to say:
“Secret intelligence is 10% of all-source intelligence; and all-source intelligence is 10% of Information Operations.”
Below are links to our HUMINT article and to the book on INFORMATION OPERATIONS: All Information, All Languages, All the Time.