Giving a Voice to Open Source Stakeholders: A Survey of State, Local and Tribal Law Enforcement [open pdf - 407KB]
This report from the House Homeland Security Committee investigates the use and dissemination of open source intelligence information by the Department of Homeland Security. The report "finds that the Department has not yet effectively disseminated timely and actionable open source intelligence products. […] In today's complex and dangerous world, U.S. law enforcement officials, first responders, and the private sector need timely, relevant, and actionable intelligence to secure the Nation against potential threats. Some of this intelligence can be produced with open source information-publicly-available information that can be disseminated quickly to an appropriate audience to meet a specific intelligence requirement. These unclassified intelligence products, derived from aggregated and analyzed information available from sources such as newspapers, periodicals, the Internet, scientific journals, and others can provide law enforcement with the actionable intelligence they need to enhance their capabilities and make tactical decisions about where to deploy their limited resources. Congress and the President established the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in part, to improve the sharing of information among Federal, State, and local government agencies and the private sector. Effective information sharing can enhance our Nation's ability to detect, identify, understand, and assess terrorist threats; to better protect our Nation's critical infrastructure; to integrate our emergency response networks; and to link the Federal and State governments. Yet, seven years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, information sharing remains a major homeland security challenge."
United States House Committee on Homeland Security: http://www.homeland.house.gov/