Against conventional odds, Ukraine’s military has thus far been able to thwart the ultimate goals of Russia’s advance. How has this been possible? One probable reason: the growth of technologies producing geospatial intelligence, or GEOINT. Research Analyst, Ezra Cohen, breaks down how the private sector has driven GEOINT’s recent development, future implications for open-source data analysis, and how governments are responding.
In this week’s blog, Research Analyst Rhys Hartsough, details her cryptocurrency capstone that develops a workflow to “follow the money” and identify an illegal network of money-laundering within Bitcoin transaction data. 2021 was a huge year for cryptocurrency. But what should we expect in 2022? We’ve watched as Bitcoin hit numerous all-time high prices over… Read more »
In a recent podcast, retired U.S. Navy SEAL Jocko Willink highlights the importance of making mistakes as a critical facet of professional growth. During his motivational speech, Jocko details a list of concerns posed by his direct subordinates in the joint services, whereby he frames failure as a necessary point of reflection and self-improvement. Throughout… Read more »
As a refresher from last week’s blog post, the Praescient Intelligence Cell team has spent the last three months collecting, exploiting, and analyzing open-source information to develop actionable insights surrounding a given Area of Operation (AO). Following a rigorous Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB) assessment, Intelligence Cell interns selected Ukraine as the AO to… Read more »
With the Spring 2022 open-source project coming to a close this week, Team Praescient is eager to share some behind-the-scenes insight on the project. In this two part blog series, we begin by outlining the project’s background and methodology. For the past three months, Praescient’s Intelligence Cell team has been working on an open-source project… Read more »
The following blog is a reflection by Analyst Consultant, Raychel Justice, on data analysis in times of tragedy. She recounts an experience which is a major motivating factor for the work she does today. This article contains true depictions of real-life events that some may find disturbing, please read at your own discretion.
Amid the current conflict in Ukraine, the volume of photos and videos containing evidence of military activity has skyrocketed on sites like Twitter and Tik Tok. How can this media be used to separate fact from fiction in a warzone? Research Analyst, Ezra Cohen, discusses how value can be extracted from these platforms while also highlighting the caution and source characterization necessary for meaningful, accurate analytical conclusions.
Cryptocurrency has become a global phenomenon in recent years, even making an appearance in a recent Super Bowl commercial, but do the risks of this digital innovation outweigh the advantages? With the Good Comes the Bad… Fans of cryptocurrencies claim that these financial platforms serve as a more direct way to transfer funds without the… Read more »
Analyst consultants, Raychel Justice and Hannah Hough, discuss the gaps that criminological theories address within fraud detection. Following Praescient’s recent involvement with the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC), the core principles of the Fraud Triangle help kickstart initial investigation considerations.
Praescient’s Spring 2022 Intelligence Cell Unit is composed of four students turned research analysts (meet them in this blog post!), who each bring a unique perspective to the team. With two analysts currently engaged in the Forensic Psychology Master’s Program at George Washington University (continuing the forensic psychology legacy of previous interns), behavioral science is… Read more »