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By Adam Stone

April 26, 2016

Source: C4ISR & Networks

When the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency released eight new open-source coding projects earlier this spring, the move marked a milestone in the agency’s efforts to share the task of software development with the wider developer community.

“They are doing exceptional work,” said Brian Monheiser, director of U.S. federal programs for open-source geospatial software provider Boundless Spatial Inc. “...


By Sean Lyngaas

April 12, 2016

Source: FCW

The Department of Homeland Security has suggested striking significant passages from a draft White House policy on open software out of concern that baring too much source code will increase the government's vulnerability to hacking.

Many private security firms don't publish their source code because it allows attackers to "construct highly targeted attacks against the software" or "build-in malware directly into the source code," DHS said in...


By  Rear Admiral Dr. S. Kulshrestha (retd.), Indian Navy

On 22 January 2016

Source: IndraStra

To give a feel of data generated every day it would suffice to state that in 2014, each day approximately 294 bn emails were sent, 6 bn...


By Mark Lowenthal and Ronald Marks

23 October, 2015

Source: War on the Rocks 

One of the more charming and frustrating aspects of American life is the endless pursuit of perfection. We tend to believe, as a people, that things can always be improved. For many aspects of life ­— science, medicine, transportation safety, etc. — this is a worthwhile approach. But for other aspects of life this pursuit is really a chimera; an illusory, unattainable goal. Indeed, pursuing such...


By Regina Joseph

Source: ISN

8 June 2015

Senior US intelligence leaders are starting to doubt whether ‘experts’ are the best forecasters of emerging risks. Regina Joseph, however, has other culprits in mind. Familiar cultural and bureaucratic obstacles may be more to blame for the foresight training and analysis problems intelligence agencies face today.

The aim of intelligence analysis is straightforward enough: to foresee emerging threats to the extent that one can...


Brussels, 2 February 2015

The RECOBIA project found break-through solutions to improve the quality of intelligence production and delivers applicable solutions to address the human factor in intelligence.

The RECOBIA project found break-trough results in the field of intelligence and in mitigating the negative effect of cognitive biases. The three-year research project identifies ways to improve the work of intelligence officers by reducing the negative effect of those unconscious...


Following the RECOBIA final conference on the topic 'the human factor in Intelligence" which took place in Brussels on 23 Janvier 2015, sevreal news outlet published about the end of the project and presented the main findings.

Cordis News published an article on the project. This article entitled "EU Researchers present strategies to enhance intelligence analysis" presents the major outcomes of the project.

You can read the article online on CORDIS website. This article was also published in  ...


19 January 2015

By Mick Endsor Research Assistant and Dr Bill Peace, Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Security Analysis

Source: Policy Wonkers Blog

Policymakers have access to a wealth of open source information that has yet to be incorporated into the policymaking process. As Eliot Higgins argued in a...


A study on the Psychology of Intelligence: Drivers of Prediction Accuracy in World Politics was published on 12 January 2015 in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

When it comes to predicting important world events, teams do better job than individuals, this study shows. According to the new research published by the American Psychological Association, people can be trained to be effective forecasters even without access to classified records. 

The full study is available online: http://www.apa....