Open Source Intelligence Exchange


Fairmont State University’s Open Source Intelligence Exchange (OSIX) is the laboratory and applied research component of the university’s National Security and Intelligence (NSI) program.

Student analysts work with faculty mentors to engage in intelligence gathering from open sources.  Those include:

  • Online discussion boards
  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Social networking sites

OSIX students share their intelligence assessments for real customers in the national security and law enforcement communities.

The CIA, FBI, Department of Defense, and Department of State, as well as to state and local law enforcement agencies in West Virginia have received intelligence products from Open Source Intelligence Exchange students.

In their research, OSIX students provide valuable intelligence on topics such as pro-democracy movements in the Middle East, terrorists’ use of the Internet, and online money laundering.

Career Opportunities

The OSIX learning experience, in conjunction with the NSI program, will continue to move FSU and West Virginia forward as national leaders in next-generation knowledge-based industries.  Graduates will be prepared to seek jobs like:

  • Intelligence Community (CIA, DIA, NSA, etc.)
  • National Security (DoS, DoD, DHS, DoJ, FBI, etc.)
  • Military Intelligence
  • WV Division of Homeland Security
  • National Security, Defense, Intelligence Contractors
  • Lawyer

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