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OSINT: A UNIQUE NATIONAL SECURITY ASSET

Did you know that DIA uses Open Source Intelligence to inform many of its highly regarded reports about key national security issues?

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Derived exclusively from publicly or commercially available information to address specific intelligence priorities, requirements or gaps, OSINT is vital to the agency’s mission – providing unique value and enabling all other intelligence collection disciplines. In today’s world, information is everywhere, all the time. By focusing our efforts on open source information of intelligence value, DIA is able to maintain global awareness of breaking events that affect US interests at home and abroad. And, we have the right safeguards in place to protect the privacy and civil liberties of all persons while adhering to all relevant laws and implementing guidelines.

OSINT is a premier source of intelligence information for decision-makers and warfighters.

VISION

Make OSINT the "First Resort" source of intelligence for decision-makers and warfighters.

MISSION

Our Defense Intelligence components execute open source programs and activities to collect, assess, and report publicly available information with intelligence value to satisfy national, strategic, operational, and tactical requirements.

STRATEGIC GOALS

01

Enhance decision-maker and warfighter situational awareness through timely delivery of customized, serialized OSINT products and data.

02

Maximize the intelligence value of open source information.

03

Expand the open source aperture internally and externally.

04

Establish OSINT as a premier intelligence capability and the foundation for all other disciplines.

05

Synchronize OSINT with all other publicly and commercially available information (PAI/CAI) activities.

Dive Deeper, check out the:

IC OSINT Strategy

OPEN SOURCE INTELLIGENCE

“Through timely and substantive production, OSINT provides situational awareness and supports decision makers during crisis”” said DIA OSINT leader Brad Ahlskog.
“What’s more, we are only scratching the surface of what can be achieved through the combined efforts of our OSINT community of professionals.”

PUBLICLY AVAILABLE INFORMATION (PAI)

Information that has been published or broadcast for public consumption, is available on request to the public, is accessible on-line or otherwise to the public, is available to the public by subscription or purchase, could be seen or heard by any casual observer, is made available at a meeting open to the public, or is obtained by visiting any place or attending any event that is open to the public. Publicly available information includes information generally available to persons in a military community even though the military community is not open to the civilian general public.

— DoD Manual 5240.01

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DEFENSE OPEN SOURCE COUNCIL
(DOSC)

The DOSC shall be the primary governance mechanism for DoD OSINT. It shall serve as a forum for the coordination and facilitation of DoD OSINT activities and programs. DOSC shall advise and report to the USD(I&S) on OSINT issues and recommend initiatives to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the DoD OSINT programs, activities, and systems.

— DoD Instruction 3115.12

DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE ENTERPRISE
MANAGER (DIEM)

The Director of DIA is the DIEM for OSINT in accordance with DoD Directive 5105.21.

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