NATO releases OSINT RFI
On April 4, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), via the U.S. Department of Commerce, issued a request for information (RFI) for open-source intelligence (OSINT) services. Responses are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on May 27.
Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) is issuing this RFI to engage with NATO Nations and industry. The objective of this RFI is to identify emerging and/or existing capabilities related to the production of Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) in order to conduct exploratory examination of the state-of-the-art and art-of-the-possible technologies, products and services for OSINT. Identification of these capabilities will be used to support NATO Governance decision-making on Common-Funded Capability Development.
It is important to note that this NATO OSINT Capability is but one component of an ongoing and larger Capability Program called the “Intelligence and ISR Functional Services Program,” which will encompass and integrate capabilities across multiple intelligence disciplines including Imagery Intelligence (IMINT), Human Intelligence (HUMINT), among others. Therefore, nations and industry are highly encouraged to provide responses to this RFI if they have solutions that are relevant to the larger capability described above, in addition to OSINT-specific applications and capabilities.
As part of the larger “Intelligence and ISR Functional Services” program, the vision of an OSINT capability consists of a NATO Intelligence Enterprise equipped with the commensurate people, processes, and tools needed to organically produce and deliver OSINT-related products in support of NATO’s baseline activities and current operations to maximum level of effort. The current conventional, unconventional and hybrid threats faced by NATO are both symmetric and asymmetric. An efficient and modern OSINT capability will improve the NATO Intelligence Enterprise’s ability to support planning, execution, and management of operations through the provision of extensive, structured and timely intelligence information. The capability will provide increased situational awareness to NATO Commanders, complementing other existing sources of intelligence.
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