Visible to the public Fusing Open Source Intelligence and Handheld Situational Awareness: Benghazi Case Study

TitleFusing Open Source Intelligence and Handheld Situational Awareness: Benghazi Case Study
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBoleng, J., Novakouski, M., Cahill, G., Simanta, S., Morris, E.
Conference NameMilitary Communications Conference (MILCOM), 2014 IEEE
Date PublishedOct
KeywordsBenghazi case study, command and control systems, Context, context aware handheld situational awareness framework, context computing, contingency operations, edge operators, events attack, historical analysis, History, information sharing, Libya, Media, National security, open source intelligence, open source intelligence information, OSINT information, Personnel, prototype capabilities, Prototypes, real time processing, Real-time Systems, situational awareness, social media, social media streaming, social networking (online), table top exercise, Twitter, Twitter data, ubiquitous computing, US Diplomatic mission

This paper reports the results and findings of a historical analysis of open source intelligence (OSINT) information (namely Twitter data) surrounding the events of the September 11, 2012 attack on the US Diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. In addition to this historical analysis, two prototype capabilities were combined for a table top exercise to explore the effectiveness of using OSINT combined with a context aware handheld situational awareness framework and application to better inform potential responders as the events unfolded. Our experience shows that the ability to model sentiment, trends, and monitor keywords in streaming social media, coupled with the ability to share that information to edge operators can increase their ability to effectively respond to contingency operations as they unfold.

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