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    Commentary: Boosting OSINT Use: A Smart Move
    10/3/2022 8:00:00 AM

    AFCEA President LTG Susan W. Lawrence, USA (Ret) advocates for the expansion in use of OSINT. We are particularly pleased with her support for professional standards and the standardization of OSINT credentials.


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    OSINT Foundation Briefs House Homeland Security Committee Staff
    9/19/2022 8:00:00 AM

    The staff of the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism recently requested an overview briefing on the OSINT Foundation. Our thanks to the Subcommittee staff, as well as the staff of both Chairwoman Elissa Slotkin and Ranking Member August Pfluger for attending the briefing, and for the insightful questions.


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    AFIO Now Interview with OSINT Foundation Director of Operations
    9/15/2022 8:00:00 AM

    A wide ranging interview covering the definition and role of OSINT, historical examples and a discussion of where OSINT is headed in the future.


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    Practitioner Committee Proposes Definitions
    9/6/2022 6:00:00 PM

    The Practitioner Committee released a proposed definitions document today in the member portal, (which begins a 30-day member comment period) for the terms OSINT, PAI and CAI. Comments received will be reviewed by the committee and a final set of definitions posted to the OSINT Foundation website. Become a member today and let your voice be heard!


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    OSINT Foundation Launches Practitioner Committee
    9/1/2022 8:00:00 AM

    Today, the OSINT Foundation launched the Practitioner Committee, which is tasked with delineating fundamental concepts of the open-source intelligence discipline. The OSINT Foundation, which began operations on August 1, is the professional association for Intelligence Community OSINT practitioners.


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    Resource: Academic Solicitation
    8/20/2022 8:00:00 AM

    A great resource by the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) on academic solicitation by hostile foreign actors. How do foreign intelligence services select their targets? OSINT - remember it works both ways!


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    Guidehouse Bronze Sponsor of the OSINT Foundation
    8/15/2022 8:00:00 AM

    The OSINT Foundation is pleased to announce that Guidehouse has partnered with us as a Bronze Level Sponsor.


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    Elevating the Open Source Community in the IC
    8/11/2022 8:00:00 AM

    OSINT Foundation Featured in Justin Doubleday's Inside the IC podcast. 52 minutes dedicated to OSINT and the work of the OSINT Foundation.


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    Gnosis Solutions Platinum Sponsor of the OSINT Foundation
    8/8/2022 8:00:00 AM

    The OSINT Foundation is pleased to announce that Gnosis Solutions, Incorporated has partnered with us as a Platinum Level Sponsor.


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    OSINT Foundation Begins Operations
    8/1/2022 8:00:00 AM

    Today is the official launch of the newly formed Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Foundation. Created by former Intelligence leaders who recognize the critical role open source intelligence plays in national security, the OSINT Foundation is a professional association whose mission is to promote OSINT tradecraft, elevate the discipline, and develop the practitioner community to advance the national security of the United States.


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    Ron Burgess Joins Advisory Board
    7/29/2022 8:00:00 AM

    We are very pleased to announce Ron Burgess has joined the OSINT Foundation Board of Advisors. LTG Burgess is Executive Vice President at Auburn University. He served as the 17th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Acting Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence. The OSINT Foundation Advisory Board provides thought leadership, advocacy, and subject matter expertise in support of our mission.


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    MG Barbara Fast Joins Advisory Board
    7/28/2022 8:00:00 AM

    We are very pleased to announce Barbara Fast has joined the OSINT Foundation Board of Advisors. MG Fast is President/CEO of BGF Enterprises, LLC. She served as Deputy Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), and Commanding General, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca. The OSINT Foundation Advisory Board provides thought leadership, advocacy, and subject matter expertise in support of our mission.


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    New OSINT foundation aims to ‘professionalize’ open source discipline across spy agencies
    7/27/2022 2:00:00 PM

    Federal News Network published an in-depth article on the Foundation, discussing in detail the goals of the OSINT Foundation as well as what can be learned from the hobbyist community.


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    Dr. Tom Fingar Joins Advisory Board
    7/27/2022 8:00:00 AM

    We are very pleased to announce Tom Fingar has joined the OSINT Foundation Board of Advisors. Dr. Fingar is a Shorenstein APARC Fellow at Stanford University. He served as the first Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis and Chairman of the National Intelligence Council. The OSINT Foundation Advisory Board provides thought leadership, advocacy, and subject matter expertise in support of our mission.


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    OSINT Foundation Launch Featured in Wall Street Journal
    7/27/2022 6:00:00 AM

    The article entitled, "New Group to Promote Open-Source Intelligence, Seen as Vital in Ukraine War: Social media, satellite images, mobile-phone data can yield as much insight as traditional espionage, but few rules exist," covered the stand-up of the Foundation and its leadership.


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    Dr. Eric Haseltine Joins Advisory Board
    7/26/2022 8:00:00 AM

    We are very pleased to announce Eric Haseltine has joined the OSINT Foundation Board of Advisors. Dr. Haseltine is the Chairman of the Board of the US Technology Leadership Council. He served as the Associate Director of National Intelligence for Science and Technology, and was Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering. The OSINT Foundation Advisory Board provides thought leadership, advocacy, and subject matter expertise in support of our mission.


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    Sharon Houy Joins Advisory Board
    7/25/2022 8:00:00 AM

    We are very pleased to announce Sharon Houy has joined the OSINT Foundation Board of Advisors. Ms. Houy is a retired defense intelligence senior executive. She served as the Chief of Staff, Associate Deputy Director, and Vice Deputy Director of Analysis at the Defense Intelligence Agency. The OSINT Foundation Advisory Board provides thought leadership, advocacy, and subject matter expertise in support of our mission.


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    Patrick Neary Joins Advisory Board
    7/22/2022 8:00:00 AM

    We are very pleased to announce Patrick Neary has joined the OSINT Foundation Board of Advisors. Mr. Neary is a retired intelligence senior executive. He served as the IC's Chief of Analytic Integrity and Standards, as well as Associate Deputy Undersecretary for Research at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The OSINT Foundation Advisory Board provides thought leadership, advocacy, and subject matter expertise in support of our mission.


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    Barbara Alexander Named President of the OSINT Foundation
    7/20/2022 8:00:00 AM

    The OSINT Foundation is very pleased to announce Barbara Alexander as President. Mrs. Alexander’s leadership was instrumental in establishing the Foundation, and in this role she will provide strategic direction and oversight. As the former Director of the Collection Requirements Division at DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis, she oversaw the Department’s OSINT activities and established the DHS Open Source Enterprise.


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    Eliot Jardines Joins OSINT Foundation As Director of Operations
    7/18/2022 8:00:00 AM

    The OSINT Foundation is very pleased to announce Eliot Jardines as our Director of Operations. Dr. Jardines has been instrumental in the establishment of the Foundation and will shepherd the Foundation’s committees and subcommittees. As a life-long OSINT practitioner, he brings deep expertise and unique experience having served as the inaugural Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Open Source.


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    National Security Memorandum on The President’s Intelligence Priorities
    7/12/2022 8:00:00 AM

    Executive Order addressing the new process for establishing Presidential Intelligence Priorities (PIP) and how it impacts the National Intelligence Priorities Framework (NIPF). How will this impact the IC's OSINT activities, and what role does the NIPF play in funding for OSINT?


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    OIG Notes Improvements in Collecting, Managing and Protecting Open Source Intelligence
    7/9/2022 8:00:00 AM

    Article discusses the DHS Office of the Inspector General report OIG-22-50 which covers the process improvements embarked upon by DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), Open Source Collection Operations (OSCO) group. Practitioners and OSINT managers will find a good summary of the structural and policy requirements for IC OSINT activities.


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    What good is intelligence in Ukraine?
    7/4/2022 3:00:00 PM

    A very thought provoking article from Ron Marks who is well known in OSINT circles. He mentions the explosion in publicly available information available in the Russian war against Ukraine, and makes the point that more information is not necessarily better - what do you think?


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    Spy Agencies Must Realise the Power of Open Source Intelligence
    6/6/2022 8:00:00 AM

    Summary of an excellent report on the Future of Open Source Intelligence for UK National Security published by the Royal United Services Institute and the Alan Turing Institute. Article has a link to the full report which is a must read for U.S. OSINT practitioners and policymakers as the majority of the recommendations and barriers to progress are directly applicable to the U.S. Intelligence Community.


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    Open Source Intelligence May Be Changing Old-School War
    5/24/2022 8:00:00 AM

    The transformational role OSINT is playing in the Russian war against Ukraine and how OSINT may impact future conflicts. The article raises an important issue for OSINT practitioners, namely the value of "missing information" which may serve as an indicator. Should we be focusing as much effort in analyzing what is information is missing as we do on analyzing that which was acquired?


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    State Department Intelligence Arm to Set up Open Source Coordination Office
    5/23/2022 8:00:00 AM

    Interview with Brett Holmgren, Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research regarding INR's establishment of the Strategic Open Source Coordination Office. The State Department has a long and distinguished history with regards to OSINT and the collection of publicly available information in support of the Nation's diplomatic efforts. The SOSCO represents a maturation of OSINT within the Department and we look forward to hearing more about this office's efforts.


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    Spy Agencies Look to Standardize Use of Open Source Intelligence
    5/13/2022 8:00:00 AM

    Interview with Patrice Tibbs, chief of community open source at CIA and Brad Ahlskog, chief of the Open Source Integration Center at DIA regarding common standards and data. Of interest is Ms. Tibbs' concerns about the OSINT workforce stating, “... it’s just having the individuals with the right skill set and the motivation to come in and really take on these challenging roles, especially in the federal government realm.”


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    NGA Tearline Team Wins IC Award Again!
    5/12/2022 8:00:00 AM

    Congratulations to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Tearline team for another IC award! The NGA Tearline Project partners with non-profit groups to create public-facing, open-source intelligence on various strategic, economic and humanitarian intelligence topics that tend to be under-reported with in-depth or long-form formats. For this work, the NGA Tearline Project received the IC Transparency Team of the Year Award.


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    Senate Intelligence Committee Discusses Science and Tech Monitoring to Outcompete China
    5/11/2022 6:30:00 AM

    Article summarizing congressional testimony regarding China's unlawful technology transfer activities which allegedly relies on over 60,000 open source exploiters. Testimony by Dewey Murdick, Director of Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology, at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on May 11, 2022.


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    The Re-awakening of Open-Source Intelligence
    4/7/2022 8:00:00 AM

    OSINT fundamentals from the U.S. Army perspective. Published in the MI Professional Bulletin (MIPB) the official journal of the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps.


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    OSINT Foundation Publishes Mission & Vision Statement
    3/4/2022 8:00:00 AM

    The OSINT Foundation is pleased to announce our mission and vision statements. Our mission statement is to promote open source intelligence tradecraft, elevate the discipline, and develop the practitioner community to advance the national security of the United States.