Jan 13, 2008
Open Source Intelligence Analysis and Google Earth
If you remember my write up of Peter Young's lecture, he talked about the use of Google Earth and other satellite imagery systems to conduct reconnaissance and intelligence operations. I have been experimenting with that myself and it will come into play a little bit in an up coming post about the strategic fortifications of Oaxaca City during APPO's occupation in the summer of 2006. I must give credit to comrade Müzenberg over on Soob for pointing me in the direction of IMINT & Analysis, and there primer on using Google Earth for imagery analysis/recon/intel. The blog's description states "Open source military analysis, strategic thinking, and Google Earth imagery interpretation. Comments are welcome and encouraged." Open source intelligence is something that I have heard about but have not learned too much about what it entails. From what I understand, it is basically intelligence analysis based solely on publicly available information. It has a wide range of applications, including for military, paramilitary and revolutionary purposes. There are numerous academic programs in the United States which have Open Intelligence study programs.