ODNI Announces Establishment of Open Source Center

November 8, 2005

ODNI News Release No. 6-05

The Director of National Intelligence, John D. Negroponte, and the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Porter J. Goss, today announced the creation of the DNI Open Source Center.

“The Open Source Center is the centerpiece of my response to the WMD Commission’s recommendations calling for the Intelligence Community to devote more attention and resources to exploiting openly available information,” said John D. Negroponte, Director of National Intelligence.

Based at the CIA, the Center will advance the Intelligence Community’s exploitation of openly available information to include the Internet, databases, press, radio, television, video, geospatial data, photos and commercial imagery. The Center’s functions will include collection, analysis and research, training and information technology management to facilitate government-wide access and use. The Center will build on the established expertise of the CIA’s Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS), which has provided the U.S. Government a broad range of highly valued products and services since 1941. The Director of the CIA will administer the Center on behalf of the DNI.

Mr. Douglas J. Naquin, a senior CIA manager with extensive experience in open source and information technology, will be the Center’s director. Two deputies will assist him: the Deputy for Community Integration and the Deputy for Open Source Operations. Mr. Naquin will execute the DNI’s policy and guidance provided by the Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Open Source. The Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Open Source will be announced in the near future.

The Center’s establishment is a step toward The National Intelligence Strategy of the United States of America goal to build an integrated intelligence capability and tap expertise where it resides.