Open Source Intelligence and Analysis (OSIA)

OSIA works at the cutting edge of open source intelligence and analytics to derive insights on important questions related to national security and defence.

The Open Source Intelligence and Analysis (OSIA) Research Group delivers cutting edge open-source and geospatial intelligence and analytics on a range of topics related to national security and defence. 

From North Korea’s overseas procurement and proliferation networks to Russia’s ongoing military activities, we seek to leverage new technologies and techniques to generate actionable and insightful intelligence on contemporary security issues.

The team has also developed a number of in-house machine learning and AI tools to detect, classify and database entities in electro-optical and synthetic aperture radar imagery.

OSIA works closely with a number of external partners and the team’s output has featured in a range of international news organisations such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Times among others.


We divide our public portfolio of research into three programme areas.

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