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NATO Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Manager’s Course

Conducted by INTEL


To develop the competencies of OSINT managers to direct and guide OSINT activities within the framework of the NATO Intelligence Cycle.


Duration: 1 Week
Course Structure: Resident (1)
Language: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Classification: NATO Restricted
Discipline: INT - Intelligence
Area: OS - OSINT Open Source Intelligence
Depth of Knowledge: 3 - Advance
ePrime No.: N/A
ETOC Code: INT-OS-36728

Course Iterations

Code Course Dates Open Seats
N2-168-B-23 11 - 15 Dec 23 Contact POC
N2-168-A-24 15 - 19 Jul 24 Contact POC
N2-168-B-24 09 - 13 Dec 24 Contact POC

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Learning Objectives

1,1: Integrate principles directed by NATO doctrine and policies in the conduct of OSINT operations: Students will demonstrate familiarity with NATO doctrine and policy regarding OSINT operations, how this doctrine is nested within the other intelligence-related doctrine and policies, and how to integrate these directives into OSINT operations.

1.2: Consider legal restrictions and responsibilities during the conduct of OSINT operations.: Students will be sensitized to legal considerations with regard to OSINT operations and know how and where to obtain legal support as required.

2.1: Develop an OSINT Collection Requirement (CR): The student will develop an OSINT CR in accordance with the NATO JISR process by:
a. Receiving information requirement from the IRM & CM element,
b. Determining the Intelligence of Interest,
c. Determining referral to legal advisor for guidance
d. Recommending cross-cueing or tipping opportunities to IRM & CM element

2.2: Operationalize an OSINT CR for further collection, processing, exploitation, and dissemination: The student will operationalize an OSINT CR by:
a. Identifying time and resource constraints,
b. Tasking appropriate OSINT personnel and resources to the satisfaction of the CR,
c. Setting formal output parameters considering time and product format ,
d. Conducting an Operational Risk and Security Assessment (ORSA) and recommending Operational Risk and Security Management (ORSM) measures.

3.1: Develop strategies and initial exploration to prepare for OSINT collection of a CR: The student will prepare to conduct OSINT collection to satisfy a validated CR by:
a. Developing a Collection Strategy
b. Developing a Risk Management Strategy
c. Conducting Exploratory Collection

3.2: Conduct OSINT collection to satisfy a validated OSINT CR: The student will conduct OSINT collection to satisfy a validated OSINT CR by:
a. Conducting Source Evaluation throughout the collection phase
b. Conducting focused collection
c. Conducting extended collection if so warranted.

4.1: Process collected open source information as a single-source JISR result.: The student will process collected open source information by:
a. Translating all foreign language as required
b. Annotating and collating standardized metadata
c. Storing OSINT data IAW NATO standards and applicable laws.

4.2: Exploit collected open source information as a single-source JISR result.: The student will exploit processed open source information as a single-source JISR result by:
a. Continuing to evaluate sources and updating the source registry as required,
b. Generating an OSINT product in satisfaction of a validated CR
c. Conducting a peer review.

4.3: Disseminate OSINT as a single-source JISR result.: The student will disseminate an OSINT product in accordance with appropriate legal, classification, and doctrinal considerations.

Course Participants

Officers and senior NCOs (or civilian equivalent) responsible for managing or directing OSINT collection and analysis in support of military operations and planning.

Language Proficiency: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: NCO: OR-6 thru OR-9
Officer: OF-2 thru OF-5

Prerequisite Courses

Code Name
N2-151 NATO Intelligence Processing Course


One-week course comprising:
a. lectures,
b. case studies, and
c. student exercises.
Lectures will include exposure to current and emerging doctrine concerning OSINT, the intelligence cycle, requirements management, and legal considerations. Case studies will provide examples of best practices in forming and directing OSINT elements, integrating OSINT processes into all-source collections and processing efforts, and integration with other staff functions. Exercises will be progressive, addressing the six processes of the Task step of OSINT activity as described in the NATO OSINT TTP, and will result in an OSINT Collection Task as a final product.