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Open source approach reshapes intelligence-gathering

April 21st, 2006

New forms of intelligence-gathering—including the availability of open-source information on the Internet—are becoming increasingly important for fighting terrorism and may even reduce the need for more traditional collection efforts, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service.

The report, titled “Intelligence Issues for Congress,” outlines the challenges in intelligence-gathering, analysis and dissemination facing the director of national intelligence and the 15 other federal intelligence agencies in the post-9/11 era, with a large part of the activity is focused on counterterrorism.

While the intelligence community traditionally has relied on signals, imagery and human intelligence, there is now a growing interest in open-source intelligence (OSINT) as well as in measurement and signatures analysis intelligence (MASINT) the report said.Read Full Story

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