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The Stratfor Glossary of Useful Baffling and Strange Intelligence Terms

The Stratfor Glossary of Useful Baffling and Strange Intelligence Terms

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The Stratfor Glossary of Useful, Baffling and Strange Intelligence Terms

Every profession and industry has its own vocabulary. Using baseball terms to
explain a football game is tough. These are some of the terms we use.
The Stratfor Glossary of Useful, Baffling and Strange Intelligence Terms

Every profession and industry has its own vocabulary. Using baseball terms to
explain a football game is tough. These are some of the terms we use.

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The Stratfor Glossary of Useful, Baffling and Strange Intelligence Terms
Every profession and industry has its own vocabulary. Using baseball terms toexplain a football game is tough. These are some of the terms we use.
AccessAbility of an agent to get hold of information. Differencebetween having someone on the ground and someone who is actually valuable is access. Having someone onthe ground in Washington DC doesn’t tell you if he worksfor the National Security Council or sells hotdogs on thecorner. In intelligence there are three things that matter:access, access and access. Rule of thumb: anyone whosays they have access doesn’t.ActionableIntelligenceIntelligence that can be used by the customer to makedecisions. As opposed to metaphysical intelligencevalued for the purity of its insight.ActivateBringing a source to life. Sources are rarely continuallyoperational. They are put to bed and activated dependingon evolving missions or deranged hunchesActiveintelligenceDirectly developing and operating sources in the field.Requires unique skills. Normally not carried out byanalysts, but by intelligence operators. Don’t try this athome kids.After ActionDebriefFollowing a completed op, everyone who had anything todo with it gets debriefed. This closes out the Ops Cryptand a sanitized version is entered into a Lessons Learnedreport and becomes part of the training. In thegovernment, success and failure are equally unrewarded.At Stratfor, we do it differently.After ActionReportThe final report on the conclusion of an Op .Intended forinternal use only. Never show the customer. It’s likeshowing someone how sausage is made. Nauseating.All-sourceFusion CellA trans-compartmentalized group of analysts who get tosee everything and have to make sense of it. Don’t wish iton your worst enemy.Analysis That part of the craft of intelligence which concerns itself with collating and understanding the information that hasbeen delivered from all sources. Analysts sit on theirdead asses all day long thinking deep thoughts. Theyknow too much to risk in the field, plus they are too dumbto know when to duck.Area of InterestA country, region or industry in which an intelligenceorganization has an ongoing or current interest. Theframework for source development. AOIs are given to anintelligence organization by POTUS or BizDev. Must betiered.
 
Area ofResponsibilityArea that an individual or group is responsible for.Usually managed by an Intelligence Officer who delegatesAORs to staff. Built out of Area of Interest but sometimesdesigned differently depending on resources, hunches,séances with dead ancestors. For example, you mightrun all of your Africa ops out of your London AORbecause London is the Center of Gravity of Africa intelligence. AOR design is part of the craft.ATFAlcohol Tobacco and Fire Arms. Rednecks with a licenseto kill. Never, ever, ever ask for their help on anything.Back BriefAfter the briefing, the Briefer comes back to the shop andtells everyone what happened. This is the back brief. Ifyou don’t get back briefed, you don’t have a functioningintelligence organization.BackgroundCheckCheck of history of someone to determine reliability.Usually meaningless. A perfect credit rating does notmean you aren’t devious scum. Does run up the client’sbill and makes it appear that you are busy. Clancy move.Pros run tests.BackgrounderGeneral analysis that gives the customer bettersituational awareness. The customer never actuallyreads the Backgrounder. Its primary use is as cover whenthe customer screws something up. Backgrounders arethe basic intelligence tool for shifting blame to thecustomer.Barium MealWhen there is a leak, feed bits of radioactive (traceable,false) information to suspects. See which bit leaks. You will know who leaked it. The leaker will know you know.Livens up a dull day like nothing else we’ve ever seen.Bring the kids.Black BoxedAny part of the operation that has an outcome that youcan’t examine. You’re handed a report that says theRussians have invented time travel. You ask where thiscame from. You’re told that the source is out of yourreach but you are to treat the report as gospel. You’ve just been black boxed. Your door keeper tells you to keepa careful eye on Madagascar. You ask why. You’re toldthat you have no need to know. You’ve been black boxed.Later, when it turns out that the Russians don’t have timetravel or that nothing is happening in Madagascar, you will be blamed for squandering resources. That’s calledbeing screwed.Black OpIf you heard even a hint of it, it aint black. Anyone whotells you about a black op is a liar. Does Stratfor do blackops? You’ll never know.Blown OpAn operation that has been compromised to the
 
opposition or publicly revealed. The blown op is followedby the impartial enquiry. The impartial enquiry isfollowing by the execution of those least responsible forblowing the op.BoardWhen an op gets so badly blown that pretendingeverything is fine will no longer work, you get a Board. ABoard consists of 3 or more WOGs whose job it is tomake sure that only you are blamed for what happened.Pulling a board is bad. At Stratfor, it involves talking toDavid, George or Don. If all three at the same time, verybad. Time to consider an exciting career in the foodservice industry.BOCBurnt Out Case: Tony got back from Nigeria fried. Twobullet wounds, a blown op and a board. He realized thathe’s making $78,000 a year and that his wife is real ugly.He was given non-classified Iceland traffic for his nexttour. Doesn’t give a damn. He’s doing AMWAY on theside. Total BOC.”Brief An intelligence report delivered to the customer.Frequently delivered as an oral briefing with power pointand leave behind materials that are never read. The Briefis where the intelligence process meets the customer. Abad Brief can sink the best Op. A good Brief can makeshit smell good. Frequently has to.Brief the TimesWhen the Briefer has obtained zero valuable intelligencefrom analysis, he finds something in the inside of themorning paper, powers up a view graph, and “Briefs theTimes.” Customers are frequently impressed. It’s a hoot.Briefer The person delivering the Brief. He has the ability torapidly assimilate complex material, deliver routine newsas if it were reports of the second coming, and generate a re-task from the customer, guaranteeing larger contracts.He reports back on the satisfaction level of the customer,clearly defines new missions and guides the customer onthe path to reality. When the customer says “I want toknow everything about….” The Briefer explains that noone knows everything about anything, certainly not for what the customer is paying. He does offer the “KnowAlmost Everything Package” if the contract is tripled. TheBriefer makes or breaks an intelligence operation. Theoccupational disease of the Briefer: he starts to believethat the purpose of an op is to make him look good in thebriefing and truly believes that he is the only one of valuein the company. Great briefers are narcissists and mustbe bitch slapped regularly.Burning If an operation is being compromised, a plan called

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