Building of the Open Source Enterprise

Sabra Horne introduces the two selected entrants for the Open Source Challenge:

  • Mercyhurst College, Institute for Intelligence Studies
  • iJET

(Note: wonder if we will see the results?)

Next up is Doug Naquin, head of the Open Source Center and Chair of the National Open Source Committee. “Open Source is good, let’s go have a drink.”

His goal for the last year: raise the discussion beyond “open source is good” and “source of first resort” to a higher level of conversation. Three years ago the challenge was to convince the community that open source had value.

There is an open source value to every other discipline of intelligence. The further we use open source, the more effectively the community uses the classified sources. Many questions lend themselves better to the open sources than to other means.

Naquin’s role is no longer just the championing and developing of the Open Source Center, but now through the NOSC he is working for the whole community. He has worked, with the committee, on an action plan that is available on Intelink-U.

While referring to a “National” Open Source Enterprise, it is an enterprise of enterprises, taking into account the assistance of foreign partners, diplomatic, defense and domestic integration.


* Universal cross-domain access

* Integrated mission management and access

* Proliferation of open source expertise

* Open Source Enterprise governance

Introduces panel of community representatives:

* DOD: Ellen Tudisco

* DHS: Barbara Alexander

* State Dept: James Bell

* OSC: Kim Robson

Tudisco expains the history of open source in the Department of Defense and how they link to the broader Open Source Enterprise. DIscussions about OSCAR (Open Source Collection and Requirements) and the DOSC (Defense Open Source Committee). DIOSPO (Defense Intelligence Open Source Program Office) created to identify, sustain and advance the open source capability for the intelligence components of the Department of Defense.

Alexander discusses the challenges of the differences between DHS and the intelligence community. Most of her customers are law enforcement and they do not work at the TS/SCI level. There is a difference in the type of open source and intelligence needed by the DHS entities throughout the nation than in the IC. The DHS Vision is patterned after the National Open Source Enterprise in order to work in a partnership with the national community. Talks about the mobile training teams (mentioned in the DHS panel earlier this morning). Much left to do, the department is only five years old and the capabilities are nascent but growing. DHS is trying to be the bridge for communication and understanding between the IC and law enforcement.

Bell says he has no blue or red book (enterprise visions). INR exists in two cultures, the intelligence community and the diplomatic community and each has its own culture. He functions as the bridge between the two cultures. INR sees their mission as directly supporting policy-makers and diplomats with a focus on strategic awareness. INR is a consumer and provider of open source intelligence.

Robson says that the intelligence community is uniquely positioned to use open source in pursuit of the nation’s needs. She mentions the history of the Open Source Center and why it is the ideal center to lead the community. OSC has a global IT infrstructure and worlswide work force and a capacity to train and help others train as well as expertise in dealing with complex policy and legal issues. She has seem more awareness across the enterprise and it has become institutionalized across the community. She has also seen success in scaling across the community. The Open Source Academy has trained more in the past year than in the previous five years combined.

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2 Comments on “Building of the Open Source Enterprise”

  1. duckncover Says:

    Doug Naquin (OSC) just made a couple of good points about credibility:
    1. There’s a vetting process that goes into Open Source just like any other intelligence discipline.
    2. It doesn’t have to be true to have an impact. If 50 million people believe it, it has real impact.
    3. Open Source is much easier to share. Irony: the better we get at it, the more pressure there is to classify it!

  2. TwistyRoadsCrvr Says:

    Cross Domain, from L to H is an easy task. Difficulty is the opposite direction. A growing concern, data streams are a reality. How do we really inspect (at line speeds) ‘dirty’ data streams? Only a handful of vendors are addressing this need. Perhaps an approach is to focus on ‘pristine sources’ of OS data. Essentially, trusted providers who we ‘trust’ to provide filtered data streams.

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