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N2-04

NATO Open Source Intelligence Course

Conducted by INTEL

Aim

The aim of this course is to develop Intel analysts who are able to utilize critical thinking methods for the exploitation of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and the NATO Intel systems including NATO intelligence doctrine and procedures.

Details

Duration: 2 Weeks
Course Structure: Resident (2)
Language: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Classification: NATO Secret
Area: INT - Intelligence
Section: AS - All Source Intelligence
Depth of Knowledge: 3 - Apply
ePrime No.: ACT.148
ETOC Code: INT-AS-3859

Course Iterations

Code Course Dates Open Seats
N2-04-C-17 19 - 30 Jun 17
N2-04-D-17 28 Aug 17 - 08 Sep 17 0
N2-04-E-17 27 Nov 17 - 08 Dec 17 0

If no seats are available, you may have your agency POC send a seat waiting list request. Please refer to the POC Finder to obtain the contact information of your agency POC.

Learning Objectives

Common Research Process: Given technical/methodological references and a set of parameters, demonstrate student ability to analyse problems and understand Request for Information (RFI) & Intelligence requirements (IR). Quality: 85% accuracy over 95% of the time.

Sources: Given references, demonstrate awareness of the variety of parameters related to the content and nature of Sources, to avoid, among others, problems like denial, deception and/or propaganda.

Content Analysis: Given references, utilize a critical thinking methodology to describe a structured approach on how to read OSINT contents.

Collection Planning: Given references, utilize a critical thinking methodology to describe a structured approach for a “step-by-step” collection activity.

OSINT as a Supporting Tool: Given references, raise students’ awareness on how OSINT can support and test the hypothesis, as well as identify the indicators.

Research on a Case: Given technical/methodological references, utilize a critical thinking methodology to better understand and describe concepts like Problem Decomposition, Research & Collection Plan, Time Management, Collection and Packaging. To combine these concept in a consolidating exercise.

Internet and Internet Services: Given technical/methodological references, utilize a critical thinking methodology to raise basic understanding of what Internet is and how it can work. More specifically, to explain the basic structure of the Internet and the World-Wide Web, to describe how information flows across the Internet and navigate the internet by conducting research through different types of search engines.G:\01_CMDG\08_PAO\APPROVAL\20200101_NU_NSO-staff-board

Reducing Visibility: Given references, utilize a critical thinking methodology to raise students’ awareness about Visibility in the Internet and make some practical suggestions on how to reduce it.

News and News Services: Given references, utilize a critical thinking methodology to raise students’ awareness on what kind of tools/services can be used to achieve situation awareness.

Social Media: Given references, to provide some practical suggestions and tools and utilize a critical thinking methodology to raise students’ awareness on how the major Social Media services can be used for Intel exploitation.

Case Study and Practical Exercise: Given references, to give a final assignment based on a real case study and to develop Practical Exercise.

Course Participants

Military officers (OF-1 through OF-5) and NCOs (OR-6 through OR-9) or their civilian equivalents who are assigned to NATO or national positions that involve support or planning in intelligence.

Language Proficiency: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: NCO: OR-6 thru OR-9
Officer: OF-1 thru OF-5

Methodology

For didactic purposes the lectures will be structured on the “necessary-time-principle” meaning that, according to the subject, there will be 50 minute lectures as well as 120 minute lectures followed by a 10-15 minute question and answer session. Although there is some kind of a formal distinction between theory and practice, many parts of the theoretical lectures do include practical exercises on an individual basis. In a number of cases, the students will work in teams. This occurs during the data packaging exercise and the major one-day exercise on Thursday of the second week. The main purpose is to introduce students to the principles of a division of labour for complex exercises.

Further Information

This is a two week course


e-Learning

This course contains pre-learning sessions available as ADL Modules through the ACT LMS.

ADL Modules

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