Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies (CATS)

Focusing on asymmetric threats in the Information Age.



Social Media and Intelligence (PDF, 369 kB)

This study addresses the use and potential use of social media in intelligence – looking across the range of possible uses both externally and as collaborative tools within and across agencies. The first half of the paper lays out four categories of intelligence interactions using social media, and then discusses them briefly, drawing primarily on U.S. experiences. The second part of the paper turns more specifically to the mix of new media and old at play in conflicts around the world, especially in the Middle East and Russia/Crimea/Ukraine.