The Confidential Resource

  • Retirement
    We have retired and will shortly take down this blog. We hope you have found it useful over the years.
  • Information Vs. Actionable Intelligence & the PI
    I see many courses for Private Investigators (PIs) about using the Internet for Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). These courses are predominately about Internet sites that...
  • OSINT & Zombie Journals–Part 5
    To improve your evaluation skills, develop three abilities: Maintain a skeptical mind-set. Learn which sources are most trustworthy. Learn to identify reporting errors and inconsistencies....
  • Economic & Political Wisdom
    Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Steal...
  • OSINT & Zombie Journals–Part 4
    Always keep in mind that, as the old pessimist philosopher Arnold Schopenhauer stated, “The truth will set you free–but first it will make you miserable.”...
  • OSINT & Zombie Journals—Part 3
    Understanding the Need for Evaluation Methods & Citations The basis of your evaluation method is understanding that you cannot know what you don’t know. However,...
  • Jamming Remote Controls
    The range of issues I get involved in always amazes me. I recently had a client ask me for solutions to garage door and gate...
  • A Brief History of Open Source Intelligence
    An article with the above title appeared on the bellingcat site. It is an excellent article even if I don’t agree that OSINT went into hibernation...

Executive Intelligence

  • Business Intelligence Brief: April 19, 2018

    Short Items of Interest – US Economy   Jobless Claims Continue to Drop – It takes two developments to get unemployment rates as low as...

  • Business Intelligence Brief: April 18, 2018

    Short Items of Interest – US Economy   Beige Book Out Today – The Fed’s report on general conditions in the country’s economy is out...

  • Business Intelligence Brief: April 17, 2018

    Short Items of Interest – US Economy   Apartment Sector Booms – After a few months of decline the multi-family unit is back to driving...

  • Business Intelligence Brief: April 16,2018

    Short Items of Interest – US Economy   Will Kudlow Prevail? – When Trump elected to replace Gary Cohn with Lawrence Kudlow there were more...

  • IES 04.04.18

     Using Questions and Scenarios to Imagine Dramatic Innovation   We see it all the time: give a group of business people an intriguing question or...

  • IES 04.11.18

    Doing Better with Best Practices During a recent work session with a construction company on strategic planning, several operations leaders mentioned best practices. The company...

  • IES 04.04.18

    Using Questions and Scenarios to Imagine Dramatic Innovation We see it all the time: give a group of business people an intriguing question or scenario...

  • IES 03.28.18

    Balancing Operational Benefits and Customer Experience Has your organization ever made operational changes to benefit your bottom line even though they were not in customers’...

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