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The National Security Imperative of Open Source Intelligence

Updated: May 17

Wienot Films is excited to join our friends at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) in announcing a new explainer video about the importance and impact of open source intelligence (OSINT) on U.S. national security. It highlights how the collection and analysis of information gathered from publicly available sources can be used to support a wide range of national security issues, ranging from military conflicts to migration patterns to cybersecurity.

INSA is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that brings together leaders from the public, private, and academic sectors to address critical intelligence and national security challenges. Our team worked with their Technology and Innovation Council to develop the animated video. It was generously sponsored by Janes, a leader in defense and security intelligence.

Commenting on the video, INSA President Suzanne Wilson Heckenberg remarked:

“In today's interconnected world, open-source intelligence has become an indispensable tool for the intelligence and national security community. This video provides valuable insights into the capabilities of OSINT and how it is being used to address a wide range of intelligence and national security priorities.”

The animated explainer video kicks off INSA's three-part series of virtual programs that will provide attendees with a deeper understanding of OSINT, how it is used, as well as the opportunities ahead. The first installment takes place on Tuesday, December 19 with a “Coffee & Conversation” with Linda Weissgold, former CIA Deputy Director for Analysis. Registration is free for the entire series. Learn more about the OSINT series at and watch the animated explainer video about OSINT below.


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