Information must go through two stages: Collection and Analyzation/Dissemination.
Collection. Information gathering is of primary importance in any examination of terrorism. The first
task is to determine what data is needed to develop an adequate terrorism counteraction program.
Knowledge is power. The more knowledge you have about your adversaries, the better equipped you
will be to counter their activities. There is more information and intelligence available than a single
installation would need or be able to store. You must develop a system that tells you who has what
information, and how you can obtain it when you need it.
There are three potential sources for information: Open sources, criminal information, or the pure
Open Sources of Information:
o Commercial publications.
o Schools and seminars.
o Installation library.
o Media (newspapers and television).
o College professors.
o CIA, FBI, State Department's Office for Combatting Terrorism, and National Criminal Justice
o Provost Marshal.
o Military Police Investigators (MPI).
o U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC) agents.
When using sources of criminal information, do not attempt to set up sources without going through
existing local contacts. Going outside of established information routes may violate existing confidential
o Working field agents.