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 Definition Obtaining information, to be used in intelligence analysis, from sources available to the public. such as radio and television broadcasts, web sites, books, and similar materials. [d] [e]

Agency functions/disciplines for V-OSINT

See United States intelligence community for the agencies, and:

  • Geospatial intelligence [r]: Information derived from combining images, from a variety of sources, with geographical locations, resolving conflicts of coordinates and different imaging techniques, and analyzing the results [e]
  • Signals intelligence [r]: the practice of acquiring information through monitoring the electromagnetic signals deliberately trasmitted by an opponent, including communications (COMINT) and non-communications electronics such as radar (ELINT). [e]
    • Communications intelligence [r]: The subset of SIGINT concerned with signals intended to be intelligible to human beings, in the form of voice, messages, or images. [e]
    • Electronic intelligence [r]: Collection and analysis of electronic signals not intended to be intelligible to humans, such as radar or navigational aids [e]
  • Measurement and signature intelligence [r]: A variety of intelligence gathering disciplines complementary to the technical "mainstream" of imagery intelligence and signals intelligence. [e]
    • lots and lots of subarticles
  • Human-source intelligence [r]: (HUMINT); the practice of acquiring information through interactions with people who can disclose relevant information, including but not limited to espionage, interrogation, debriefing and elicitation [e]
    • lots and lots of subarticles
  • Technical intelligence [r]: Information derived from examination, testing and analysis of foreign equipment and materiel, preferably, but not necessarily, in good working order [e]
  • Financial intelligence [r]: Collecting information on financial transactions (either from the financial institution or by clandestine means) and then analyzing it to determine providers and consumers of money or money equivalents [e]
  • Scientific and technical intelligence [r]: In contrast to TECHINT, which is directed to specific materiel, working at a strategic/national level to study foreign materiel, professional publications and presentations, etc., to determine the level of research & development in a country, the manufacturing processes it can use, its priorities for research, etc. [e]
  • Counterintelligence [r]: Countermeasures to foreign intelligence organizations collecting intelligence against one's own side. [e]
    • lots and lots of subarticles

Howard C. Berkowitz 21:53, 6 July 2009 (UTC)