Open Source Tradecraft

LAS Open Source Tradecraft will blend art, science and technology to advance the analytic workflow by developing and automating techniques, tools, capabilities, and processes to leverage publicly available information. According to Executive Order 12333, “1.1 (e) Special emphasis shall be given to the production of timely, accurate, and insightful reports, responsive to decision-makers in the executive branch, that draw on all appropriate sources of information, including open source information, meet rigorous analytic standards, consider diverse analytic viewpoints, and accurately represent appropriate alternative views.”

Growing worldwide Internet access, the rise of social media, advances in technology, and the general proliferation of publicly available information provide compelling reasons to employ OS to defend and protect the nation. Open Source is immeasurable as it can support indications and warning, tip and cue other intelligence disciplines, validate context for classified information, compensate for reductions in other intelligence capabilities, ensure better global coverage and a more holistic view of an event, quickly fill gaps or eliminate erroneous subjects, assess population sentiment, perform sociocultural research, discern trends and patterns, track scientific and technological developments, aid in researching and understanding crises, behaviors, disease outbreaks, economic instability and many other anomalies.

LAS is continuing to develop an Open Source platform called OpenKE.  OpenKE is an Open Source (OS) Knowledge Enrichment database to manage the complexities of capturing, formatting, manipulating and making sense of Big Data. The platform will host techniques and analytics designed to be semi-automated and allow for configuration to scan a wide range of structured and unstructured data sources.  OpenKE will capture the ‘right’ information from the ‘right’ (reliable) sources and feed selective relevant information into the classified environment; thus, delivering the capability to holistically analyze Big Data within the unclassified environment and then [only] integrating data of value into the mission environment.

OpenKE is an unclassified, modular and extensible framework for generating a knowledge enrichment data repository. The OpenKE prototype will provide a mechanism to

  • Retrieve, structure, organize, assess, and filter OSI
  • Store relevant data in a form directly usable for further processing and analysis by other applications and users
  • Investigate, test, and evaluate new technologies, processes and analytics in an unclassified setting
  • Create a collaborative, sustainable, scalable, and agile environment for general research and discovery
  • Establish a holistic automated process for managing and enriching other ‘INTs’

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LAS aims to bring together a multi-disciplinary group of academic, industry, and government researchers, analysts and managers together to re-engineer the intelligence analysis process to promote predictive analysis. LAS will do this by conducting both classified and unclassified research in a variety of areas of research. The research done in this area will serve as the foundation for mission effects and integrated back into the enterprise.

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