Intelligence analysts, whether in government or the private sector, agree that open source data is the bread and butter of analysis, forming the great bulk of the material with which they must work. Open sources also provide the collateral material that informs and helps drive the intelligence collection process. No good case officers or intercept technicians can make sense out of what they learn without comprehensive knowledge of the world that surrounds their human or electronic sources. The argument for expanding the use of open source intelligence (OSINT) is made compellingly by Robert David Steele. Yet, some negative aspects of OSINT deserve attention.
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