Category Archives: GWOT

OSINT Podcast Daily Brief (January 10-11, 2014)

Listen to the news you need to know.  Today’s podcast briefing features NBC Nightly News (1-10-14), BBC World Report on Ariel Sharon (1-11-14), and Tech News Today (1-10-14).

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Atomic Reality for Future Discussions

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Judge: NSA phone surveillance is legal, and a ‘vital tool’ | Security & Privacy – CNET News



Judge: NSA phone surveillance is legal, and a ‘vital tool’ | Security & Privacy – CNET News.

Uncertainty is abound in the NSA spy scandal launched by Edward Snowden.  Here is the latest update regarding this security and privacy issue.


OSINT Concepts and Contributions (TRM-COVOR)

OSINT Questions

By Craig S. Byrnes

A lack of resources and understanding leaves most law enforcing agencies in a tight spot when it comes to predictive analytics. Open-source intelligence (OSINT) is often overlooked though it is often more reliable than some classified data sources.

The Redwine Model (TRM-COVOR) uses crowd-source enhanced collection streams in order to offer alternative predictive analysis on a variety of subjects. This collective analytic strategy operationalizes and fuses various analytic frameworks, so as to generate a predictive model aimed to combat cognitive bias, frivolous speculation, and nonsensical character assaults. This leads to a greater understanding of nuance, resulting in consistently comprehensive, quantifiable, and relevant OSINT products containing sound and transparent analytic judgments.

Situational awareness and an open-mind willing to force objective thinking are preconditions to actionable intelligence. TRM-COVOR goes a step further and supplements relevancy and timeliness by collecting opinions and thoughts bolstered by complicity within a structured thinking environment.

Visit to see the COVOR-DR system in action.

Participation is safe, rewarding, and easy for everyone. Just look for the #Polls Tag or follow @OSINT981 on Twitter for the questions to appear in your news feed. No sign-in required. No personal or private information will ever be asked for or collected. Better yet, why not give it a shot and weigh in on the Dennis Rodman/North Korea relationship by answering a Yes/No question?

Craftsmanship Theory and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)


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By Craig S. Byrnes

“The more things change, the more they stay the same. . .”[1]  General Martin E. Dempsey 

Craftsmanship Theory is designed to build an Interagency Collaborative Capacity (ICC) for agencies or organizations involved in multi-actor operations.  Eugene Bardach articulates that indeed there are challenges abound in interagency environments, but by using Craftsmanship Theory, “smart and dedicated craftsman using intelligent craft practices may be able to overcome them.”[2]

Bardach says using a craftsmanship line of thinking, “integrates the purposiveness and creativity of some craftsman with the rest of the craft process.”[3]  This is often accomplished by establishing and actively implementing best practices. 

DOD participates in many collaborative efforts encompassing a broad range of the interagency spectrum, and in most uses tenets of craftsmanship theory.  One particular area where elements of craftsmanship can be seen is in the use and development of best practices for joint operations within DOD.  These efforts at improving collaboration are imperative to successful application of military power. 

The Deployable Training Division (DTD) of the Joint Staff J7 is a part of DOD that, “gains insights on operational matters through regular contact and dialogue with combatant and joint task force commanders and their staffs as they plan, prepare for, and conduct operations.”[4] A March 2013 DTD publication of insights and best practices states that, “observed best practices continue to reinforce the value of gaining synergy and harmony within this interdependent framework with other USG agencies, international partners, and within the joint force.”[5] 

DTD deploys observers/trainers to, “collect and compare practices among the different headquarters, draw out and refine ‘insights’ and ‘best practices,’ publish them, and share them across the operational, training, lessons learned, doctrine, and joint development communities.”[6]  This is in essence what Bardach is talking about in the fourth concept of his conceptual framework for craftsmanship thinking that states, “Craftsmanship thinking supplies the creative actor with a stock of ready-made ideas about smart practices.”[7]  

Bardach’s work makes it all the more clear that successful interagency operations require meticulous attention to detail.  Collaboration occurs because of purpose driven actions, and just as a carpenter builds, so does the leader of an ICC.



[1] Dempsey, Martin E., “Concepts Matter,” Army Magazine, December 2010: p 39-40.

 [2] Bardach, Eugene. Getting Agencies to Work Together: The Practice and Theory of Managerial Craftsmanship. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 1998.

 [3] Ibid.

 [4] Deployable Training Division. Joint Operations: Insights and Best Practices (Fourth Edition). Joint Staff J7.  3-1-2013. Department of Defense J7.

 [5] Ibid. 

 [6] Ibid.

 [7] Bardach.  Brookings Institution Press. 1998.

Human Trafficking Poses a Threat to US National Security


In addition to outside and insider threats to our national security, one area discussed even less these days due to our debate on healthcare and Republican political goals to decrease the Federal Government’s reach and personal rights and responsibilities, human trafficking in the USA remains a problem.

The United States has many areas of concerns that need to be addressed to maintain our status as the world’s number one super power.  One area in particular is the human trafficking and illegal sex trade industry that creates billions in revenue for organized criminals.  According to the State Department approximately 17,000 individuals are trafficked into the U.S. to support the illegal sex industry (Hodge, 2008).  However, these high figures are just a snap shot or glimpse of the sex trafficking industry within the U.S., because this does not account of the domestic trafficking rates (Hodges, 2008).  This is catastrophic because these criminal…

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