Demystifying OSINT for States, Cities and Chambers of Commerce

OSINT, or Open Source Intelligence is about management and employees pulling together using internal and external knowledge to improve the forecasting and decision making process. Using the diverse skills within an organization, under a structured OSINT Management Network, extensive benefits can be obtained, problems and threats quickly identified, and potential new sources of revenue identified and explored.

(PRWEB) - Sunday, Jan 1 2006 --- “OSINT is about management and employees pulling together to monitor the world around them, by creating a knowledge network to improve the forecasting and decision making process,” advised Alan Simpson, the International OSINT Advocate, speaking in Washington, DC. “OSINT, or Open Source Intelligence is finally being accepted as an essential tool in decision making by the US Government, with an initial budget of $2 billion.“

“States, Cities, Counties and trade organizations need to develop these structured capabilities of monitoring the changing world especially regarding the security and growth of their revenue base. OSINT isn't about espionage, it's about collecting and understanding unclassified political, economic, medical, technical and environmental information, and predicting the effects on plans and strategies.”

In 1996 Alan Simpson developed ComLinks, a fusion of Newsroom and Intelligence Center, found to be the most productive resource for OSINT. Local Governments around the world are becoming very interested in implementing their own OSINT projects, but are confused and often worried about anything containing the word “Intelligence".

In presentations he suggests Economic Planning Offices, even Chambers of Commerce give their members real economic intelligence to help the local companies prosper, and expand the employment and tax base. He believes every State, and major municipality should be feeding economic intelligence to companies in their area. It's out there in the OSINT world, just waiting to be found and used.

As he tours the USA and Europe he is often asked such questions as how to determine the effects of Baby Boomers retiring on housing and medical services, worker migration, and how government departments can use OSINT for economic development and to keep industries from disappearing overseas. Environmental questions occur again and again, especially on waste and pollution management, energy, and urban sprawl. Smaller units of government need to watch closely the actions, and plans of their neighbors, and of course the unfunded mandates from Washington, DC.

The list for areas of government benefiting from effective OSINT is extensive, from crime and immigration, to new markets, medical breakthroughs, technologies and the political climate in Washington, DC, Brussels and Beijing. Forewarned is forearmed. In the years ahead the race for economic prosperity will become more intense and cut throat. It will be survival of the fittest, the smartest and there are no guarantees.

In visits to both government and private sector offices Alan Simpson finds much of this is already being done piecemeal, duplicated and managed inefficiently. Language skills are being ignored, and there often exists no structure to utilize the knowledge base within the organization. OSINT brings these information resources together in a unified transparent intelligent infrastructure to enable an effective decision support system. Corporations are finally realizing they need to embrace OSINT to stay profitable and fight competition, and predict and lead market changes. It’s time for States to begin taking the lead with economic, environmental, medical and social intelligence for the benefit of themselves and the protection of their revenue base.”

Alan Simpson is a leading international advocate of OSINT with 25 years experience, in over 80 countries. He is President of Communication Links, Inc., which has just announced the creation of the ComLinks OSINT Center in Washington, DC to advise and guide Governments, States, Municipalities, Corporations and Organizations in developing their own OSINT programs. A second centre is being planned for the UK, to service the European marketplace. He recently announced the successful trial program for advising Hedge Funds, from New York to Beijing, on political intelligence. Since 1996 he has published ComLinks Intelligence Report and has appeared on radio and television around the world.


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