OSINT FOR COUNTER-PROLIFERATION INVESTIGATIONS
OSINT has been used in many types of investigations but is often not leveraged for counter-proliferation investigations, which is the illegal export of goods or weapons to sanctioned countries, regimes, or people. This talk will identify tools and techniques that can be used to investigate these types of illicit activities and will illustrate their usage through case studies. Of particular note, we will discuss how private military companies are being deployed by sanctioned regimes and how these groups gain access to arms. We will also describe how dual-use goods are being exported from the US to sanctioned countries. Through a series of case studies, you will learn how to profile individuals, identify front companies, and track the illegal transportation of goods using open-source tools. The primary focus for governments has been on the illegal importation of goods, while not enough attention has been given to the illegal exportation of goods and services, which is detrimental to our national security.
- Learning about the scope of counter-proliferation and threats to national security
- Using OSINT to track illegal exports
- Effectively teaching OSINT techniques in the classroom