For those of us who do a lot of information collection (which, by the way, should include you), our list of resources is critical. It’s hard to collect information if you don’t know where to find it, after all. Over time, you’ll amass avenues, channels, websites, and human sources that you know you can get information from. If you’re smart, you’ll keep track of that list. In fact, it’s important to keep track of where you find things for several reasons:
- So you can find it again. This might seem obvious but you’d be surprised how often you’ll stare at your computer screen asking, “Wait…where was that?”
- So you can monitor the source over time for credibility and reliability. While even a busted clock is right twice a day, in the intelligence world we prefer to work with sources that consistently provide solid, credible information. If a source proves to be unreliable, that is information in and of itself as well, as is their choice NOT to cover an event or topic. Sometimes the info you do not see is just as important as what you do see.
In your intelligence collection travels, when you come across a source (or a list of sources), take note of it. Don’t ever assume that you already know the best place to get info on XX, because there is always someone better than you, and always someone you can learn from. Arrogance is the enemy of accuracy and skill. (Side note: sloppy note-taking and/or poorly protected records are for amateurs.)
So with that in mind, here’s a fantastic list of resources that you should bookmark and refer to extensively. Intelligence is far more than figuring out who the fed is in your little group; you need to know an amazing amount of information across a wide variety of industries and fields of study. Every little piece of info has a place; the trick is knowing enough to either put it where it goes or hold it for later — and recognize when you’re working a puzzle it fits into.
The list has 99 resources from all across the internet. Some of them have data, some real world tactics, some are blogs by people who have done the job. There is no way you know about them all, so take a look and bookmark the ones that are useful to you. While you’re at it, poke around the site itself, as well. Intelligence101.com has quite a few resources aside from the list.