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The World of Intelligence

Author: Janes

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Janes delivers validated open-source defence intelligence across four core capability areas threat, equipment, defence industry and country that are aligned with workflows across the defence industry, national security and government.
44 Episodes
In this episode of the Janes podcast we talk to Tim Clancy, the founder and CEO of Dialectic Simulations Consulting and a researcher focused on reducing violence and instability. In particular we discuss Tim's model for understanding violent radicalisation and how this can be applied in practice.
In this episode of the Janes podcast Terry Pattar and Kathryn Haahr-Escolano discuss analytic standards, OSINT and the Intelligence Community Directive 203 (ICD 203). Kathryn Haahr-Escolano has worked in the US Intelligence Community, and is a practitioner of the ODNI/AIS Analytic Tradecraft standards and their application to the craft of intelligence analysis and the OSINT lifecycle for government, academic, and international clients.
This episode of the Janes podcast defines and explores examples of non-traditional threats and looks at how national security can effectively react to these non-traditional threats.
In this episode of the Janes podcast Terry Pattar talks to Joe Robinson, CEO of Defence at Improbable about how advances in the games industry are being utilised by the defence and intelligence community by creating virtual worlds to prepare and plan for future scenarios.
In this episode of the Janes podcast Terry Pattar, head of the Janes Intelligence Unit and Brian Raymond, Vice President of Government at Primer discuss the global impact of machine learning and the future of national security.
Rebels in Intelligence

Rebels in Intelligence


In this episode of the Janes podcast Terry Pattar discusses strategic thinking, diversity of thought and innovation with Carmen Medina, co-author of the book Rebels At Work: A Handbook for Leading Change from Within.
China has achieved expansive military-technology advancement over the past 15 years but 2021 represents the start of a new era of progression. During its 14th Five Year Plan (2021–25), China is targeting accelerated modernisation and the development of the disruptive capabilities that will aim to support its longer-term bid to achieve ‘world class’ military status. This podcast explores the breadth of China’s military capabilities and anticipated advancements during the 14th Five Year Plan and beyond.
In this episode Terry Pattar speaks to Luke Shabro, Deputy Director of the Mad Scientist Initiative to discuss thinking about the future. The Mad Scientist Initiative is a U.S. Army initiative and a community of action that continually explores the future through collaborative partnerships and continuous dialogue with academia, industry and government.
This episode looks into the increasing ambiguity between the actions of state and non-state actors, the implications for intelligence generally and the role OSINT can play to meet the challenges.
Most Open Source Intelligence training focuses on tradecraft, and rightfully so. Less common is the inclusion of other factors that impact the ability of an analyst’s ability to deliver effective open source intelligence Products. In in this conversation Cynthia Hetherington, Founder and President of the Hetherington Group and Kyle McGroarty of Janes Intelligence Unit discuss Cynthia’s experience of open source research, from physical archives as a librarian, to managing research, and providing security investigations to a wide range of customers. The success of the Hetherington Group and Cynthia’s enthusiasm for the subject also inspired her the establishment of OSMOSICON, an annual conference for practitioners of open source intelligence. OSMOSISCON this year will be held from 10 to 12 October in San Diego.
In this episode of the Janes podcast Terry Pattar and prolific author Peter W Singer discuss how stories can carry across real-world lessons in intelligence and how fictional scenarios can help in exploring future operating environments.
In this episode of the Janes podcast, Eliot Higgins and Terry Pattar explore the world of online investigations and the future of conflict research with Bellingcat.
How to run a wargame

How to run a wargame


How can we effectively plan for future scenarios? This episode looks at how to run a wargame, what is required and what the key benefits are.
In this episode we dive into the world of online jihadism with Mina al-Lami, who leads BBC Monitoring’s jihadist media team. We discuss platforms, the online dynamics between groups and their supporters, and where this extremist online community may be heading next.
Harry Kemsley OBE and Sean Corbett CB MBE provide their first monthly update on the current differences between classified and unclassified intelligence, as well as rounding up key themes such as looking at the world through a Covid-19 lens, the changing nature of OSINT and the emergence of hybrid warfare.
In this episode of the Janes podcast we talk to Naama Kates, an investigative journalist who researches the involuntary celibate (incel) community. We discuss key concepts that form the incel worldview, where incels are found online, and the violent fringes of the community. Learn more about how Janes can support you and your organisation with social media research here:
In this episode of the Janes podcast we talk to Dr. Nilda Garcia, who researches serious organised crime with a focus on Mexico. We discuss the online dimension of Mexico’s drug war and how actors involved in the conflict have used social media to further their objectives.
How can defence departments and militaries better prepare for the next war? This question cuts to the heart of current challenges in improving defence technology and intelligence and how government procurement needs to adapt to deliver timely, user-driven, innovation. Terry Pattar and Davey Gibian of Janes are joined by Tyler Sweatt, Vice President for Mission Integration at Second Front Systems, to discuss how a 'failure of imagination' is hampering efforts to adopt advanced intelligence and next generation technology for warfighters.
Producing high quality intelligence depends on discerning meaning from information - being able to describe what is happening, why, and what will happen next. This is the art of the intelligence officer and in this episode of the Janes podcast we talk to Sir David Omand, former head of GCHQ and the UK's first security and intelligence coordinator, about his new book, "How Spies Think: Ten Lessons in Intelligence" and his model for how individual analysts can produce better intelligence. The lessons and skills discussed here are just as valuable for anyone who wants to apply intelligence methods to making better decisions in all areas of life.
In episode 25 of The World of Intelligence, Terry Pattar, head of the Janes Intelligence Unit is joined by Chad Peltier, Data and Integration Analyst at Janes to discuss recent research into China's expeditionary capabilities.
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