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By Peter Mattis

Source: War on the rocks

Since the failure to disrupt the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the wild overestimate of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs, the U.S. intelligence community embarked on a quest to remake analytic doctrine. The focus of this effort addressed concerns about analytic tradecraft, the methods and techniques by which intelligence...


By Shaun Riordan

Source: Global Risks Insights

A vote to leave the EU on 23 June would have grave implications for the security of the UK, Europe, and NATO.

On June 23 the British will vote on whether to remain in the European Union. The debate has been heated, with both sides exchanging insults, dodgy economic forecasts and unsupported predictions about the future....


By Julian Barnes 

Source: The Wall Street Journal 

BRUSSELS—The Western alliance is moving toward creating a powerful new intelligence post, according to U.S. and European officials, in a bid to improve how Europe and America share sensitive information on terrorism and other threats.

In the face of the terror...


By Lina Dencik

Source : LSE Media Policy project Blog

Following a special workshop convened by the Media Policy Project on ‘Automation, Prediction and Digital Inequalities’, Lina Dencik, Lecturer in the School of Media, Journalism and Cultural Studies at the University of Cardiff, reflects on some of the implications of using...


By Lucas Sclagliarini

Source: The Stack

The real value in bringing Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) inside an organization, argues Luca Scagliarini, CMO at Expert System, is the ability to create a knowledge base that transforms risk assessment from static or infrequent, to dynamic and immediate.

An OSINT system is one of the most important strategic tools a...


By Sandra Jontz

Source: Signal Magazine

Drones and big data technology augment surveillance efforts.

Emerging surveillance technology seems ripped from tech-noir thrillers such as 2002’s Minority Report, in which police jail would-be murderers before any violence actually has occurred. Just thinking about crimes gets people in trouble. While the predictive nature of today’s analytic tools might not have reached the same levels as in the futuristic action film, the...


By Erik Kleinsmith, Staff, Intelligence Studies, American Military University

Source: Homeland Security

[This article originally appeared at In Public Safety]

Intelligence analysts like to solve problems. We really do. We like to take various...


By Daniela Hernandez

Source: The Wall Street Journal 

Meet Parsey McParseface, a whimsically named computer program that helps machines understand written English.

Alphabet Inc. subsidiary Google is offering the code, and SyntaxNet—the software programming toolkit that it is part of—free...


Source: BBC News

Leaving the EU would make the UK "less safe", a former intelligence services chief has warned.

Former MI6 boss Sir John Sawers told the BBC's Andrew Marr that the UK would be shut out of decisions on the "crucial" issue of data sharing.

But Justice Secretary Michael Gove, who backs the campaign for the UK to leave the EU, said Sir John was "flat wrong".


By Christopher S. Stewart and Mark Maremont

Source : The Wall Street Journal 

Twitter Inc. cut off U.S. intelligence agencies from access to a service that sifts through the entire output of its social-media postings, the latest example of tension between Silicon Valley and the federal government over terrorism and privacy.

The move, which hasn’t been publicly announced, was confirmed by a senior U.S. intelligence...