Understanding Open-Source Intelligence


The course introduces the basic skills for effective use of Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) research and analysis. Participants will work independently or in teams to perform tasks related to the Intelligence Analyst role. The course also focuses on the application of diagnostic, contrarian, as well as imaginative thinking Structured Analytic Techniques (SAT) and Structured Models Approaches and Techniques (SMATs).

At the end of this course, participants will be able to analyse information to produce intelligent products in accordance with applicable directives. They will also be able to apply critical-thinking techniques in conjunction with SATs and SMATs in the context of a security problem or a potential threat.


Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the basic skills required for effective open-source intelligence (OSINT) research and analysis
  • Apply various Structured Analytical Models and Approaches and Techniques (SMATs) as cognitive assistance tools to improve analysis
  • Develop an appreciation of tactical and strategic intelligence product writing
  • Produce graphical intelligence summaries
  • Increase knowledge of OSINT software abilities



  • This course is targeted at new analysts and those who wish to broaden analytical and research enhancement skillsets.



12 hours   



  • $1095 (plus tax)


Featured Instructor

Candyce Kelshall has over 25 years of experience working in the intelligence space in respect of designing, conceptualizing, and creating curriculum for the professional development and enhancement of intelligence analytic, desk, case, and field officers., she has also written several textbooks on Structured Analytic Techniques for national security. Candyce currently is the President of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies Vancouver and an instructor at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) where she delivers Advanced Structured Analytic Techniques as well as serves as a member of JIBC’s Intelligence Analysis and Tactical Criminal Analysis Committee. She is currently examining proxy hybrid soft war and looking at the concept of soft violence as a new form of warfare working in the space of 5th Generation Warfare as it pertains to group vs group conflict -as manipulated by external states and intrastate groups. Within this space, she has spent over a decade writing career development training programs for intelligence officers and has trained agencies in over 17 different countries around the world.