With its rational, thorough and transparent approach, Open Briefing has the potential to become an important corrective to often speculative media coverage.”
Magnus Nome, commissioning editor, openDemocracy

Open Briefing is the world’s first civil society intelligence agency.

We are a unique team of intelligence, military, law enforcement and government professionals working tirelessly behind the scenes to make a difference. Our mission is to keep those striving to make the world a better place safe and informed. We do this in three ways:

  • We provide intelligence, security, training and equipment to organisations and individuals striving to make the world a better place.
  • We scrutinise the actions of governments and militaries and generate alternative policies.
  • We deliver a public intelligence service so that you know what is really going on in the world.

Founded in 2011, Open Briefing is a groundbreaking non-profit social enterprise supported by volunteers. We take no government funding and underwrite our peace and security work with charitable grants, public donations and consultancy for non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Issues of security and defence are often the least transparent to the public. Open Briefing is an important contribution to ensuring democratic oversight of governments and armies.”
John Feffer, Co-director, Foreign Policy in Focus

Open Briefing is the brainchild of our founder and executive director, Chris Abbott. Chris was the deputy director of the world-renowned Oxford Research Group think tank until 2009, and has been a visiting research fellow at the University of Bristol and the University of Bradford. Chris has worked for a wide range of clients, including the British Ministry of Defence, the Australian Federal Police, KPMG, IHS Jane’s, the Oak Foundation and Greenpeace International. He is the author of two popular books on security and politics, as well as numerous influential reports and articles. Chris is joined by an expert international team of intelligence, military, law enforcement and government professionals.

Open Briefing is an excellent project with great possibilities for empowering the peace movement and wider civil society. It is typical of Chris Abbott that he should develop it. Moreover, he is one of those rare people who could take it forward and realise its considerable potential.”
Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies, University of Bradford

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