Focus: Open Source Intelligence
Intelligence operations long have mined open sources for valuable information, but at no time in history has that realm been so rife with data. The explosion of social media on top of the continued expansion of the Web has created a new wellspring of open source information that can be tapped to generate valuable knowledge. In some cases, the information is sitting out in the open waiting to be analyzed. In others, data dispersed among different environments needs to be consolidated and processed. Whatever the condition, open source intelligence holds the potential for providing information that analysts did not even know existed. SIGNAL’s April 2014 issue examines today’s concept of open source intelligence from two different perspectives.
- Researchers are using social media and other open source intelligence to accurately predict major events.
- The realm of open source intelligence has vulnerabilities both in terms of collecting information and also in what information enemies can exploit.
Focus: Marine Corps C4ISR
The U.S. Marine Corps is preparing for a host of new missions—some of which remain to be identified. The end of two wars on Southwest Asia is spawning a redeployment to new regions that face specific challenges of their own. And, in this information era, the nature of warfare itself continues to evolve rapidly. Technology is both driving changes and providing solutions to new challenges, and the Corps is adapting its command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) to meet new challenges. SIGNAL Magazine’s April 2014 issue looks at the technological solutions being pursued by the Marines as they prepare for future operations:
- Brig. Gen. Kevin Killea, USMC, commanding general of the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, discusses technologies of the future battlefield.
The U.S. Marine Corps has combined two of its signals intelligence technologies into a single program, bringing flexibility to the battlefield while reducing resource requirements.
U.S. Marine Corps officials discuss what has been accomplished and what remains to be done since the Corps released its Commercial Mobile Device Strategy one year ago.
After longtime opposition to the concept of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), the U.S. Marine Corps has issued its own BYOD policy.