Two Forms of Intelligence Collection Essay

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This essay examines two forms of intelligence collection, namely signals intelligence (SIGINT) and open source intelligence (OSINT), with a view to determining whether the collection methods can be ranked in terms of importance. To this end, this essay will describe SIGINT and OSINT, with a focus on outlining the relative advantages and disadvantages of each method. It will be shown that any attempt to 'rank' collection methods in terms of their importance is only productive insofar as it is necessary to effectively direct the most suitable collection method against an intelligence target. Moreover, it will be argued that OSINT has a uniquely significant, although not more important role, in serving as a foundation upon which
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(Although it is possible to sanitise end products to lower levels of classification, this is time consuming
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