The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Open Source Center (OSC) issues unclassified reports on a variety of topics, including world events, developments in specific countries, and emerging technologies. The reports are released through the OSC website and are intended for a broad, international audience. Reports are designed to provide an overview of open-source information on a given topic, not to serve as a detailed intelligence analysis.
The reports are produced by analysts who review and synthesize information from a variety of open sources, including news media, academic papers, websites, and social media. They are intended to provide policymakers, military planners, and the intelligence community with unclassified, timely information on developments around the world that may have national security implications.
In order to protect the integrity of the intelligence process, the OSC does not release the identities of the analysts who write the reports. The reports are also subject to review by the ODNI’s security staff to ensure that they do not contain classified information.
The OSC was established in 2005 in order to centralize the production of open-source intelligence reports. It is part of the ODNI’s National Intelligence Analysis and Production Center, which is responsible for producing all-source intelligence analysis for the US intelligence community.