The New Converts to Open Sources Free
Taking their cue from the CIA, almost every branch of the American intelligence community now has specialists who deal with open source intelligence (OSINT). [...]
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was the successor to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) after the Second World War. Its heyday was during the Cold War. CIA considers itself as the senior intelligence service among the US Intelligence Community. Before the establishment of the Defense Clandestine Service (DCS), it was the only agency able to carry out clandestine operations, through its National Clandestine Service (NCS).
The boom in alternative investments (debt, emerging markets and the like) has partially broken down the barrier between intelligence and finance. Specializing in operations on unregulated markets and in "frontier" countries, some hedge funds that call frequently on the services [...]