The OSINT Bunker Podcast has reached over 1,000,000 views, downloads and listens and it’s taking the world by storm, I spoke to the team behind it to get a better idea of what they’re about.

What is OSINT? For those that don’t know OSINT stands for open-source intelligence, which refers to any information that can be gathered from public sources about an organisation, event, individual etc. In practice, that tends to mean information found on the internet, but technically any public information falls into the category of OSINT whether it’s books or reports in a public library, articles in a newspaper or statements in a press release.

The OSINT Bunker is a defence and security-based podcast aimed at expanding people’s knowledge of the geopolitical landscape using open-source intelligence. It fills a niche that most people (most people reading this anyway) have for up to date, accurate and balanced information on ongoing conflicts.

Episodes typically cover UK and international defence matters. The podcast is hosted by @Osinttechnical@KyleJGlen and @DefenceGeek and it launched in February 2021.

Anyway, on to why you’re here, to learn more about the podcast and its team.

I asked the team to describe the podcast in one sentence and was told “throw together a bunch of people with some defence knowledge, and you get a podcast with enough defence knowledge”, and right they are. The podcast is well respected and very balanced.

The inspiration behind the podcast was a lack of a similar format covering a similar topic.

“A couple of things. We had hosted some large discussions that people could listen in to on the UK Defence discord group. We surveyed the general media landscape and saw that no one was really taking a look at ongoing events from the OSINT perspective in any sort of long-form medium”, as I mentioned above this is probably one of the biggest drivers behind their success, people want to hear what they’re talking about.

I was told that the overall aim of the podcast was to “provide people with a rundown on ongoing events, project what we think is going to happen in the future, and provide our insights on global happenings”. They also don’t miss the mark here either, the team accurately predicted that the Afghan government would fall quickly- in April of last year.

It’s not all sunshine, though. With open-source intelligence there is a huge potential for disinformation, the team told me that disinformation is actually one of their main concerns, “disinformation, state-level manipulation, these are the kind of things that are really hard for us to counter, especially when they target us”.

So, the big one million. It’s a milestone most podcasts never reach, never mind doing so in such a short space of time. What do the team attribute to this? Well, I asked them hat too.

Referring to how much of a spotlight recent conflicts have placed on open-source intelligence gathering, I was told “OSINT is far more mainstream now I think, there’s huge interest in it”, another team member added, “and people ultimately want genuine news and truth… which obviously is hard to find in war so with OSINT filtering out propaganda, it makes listening to the podcast a more appealing source of news”.

I also asked the team what advice they have for people that want to get into OSINT and was told, quite simply, “Find something you love to do and do it. Your audience will follow”.

Where can we find the podcast?

You can find the podcast on most audio streaming platforms, including Spotify and TuneIn.

It’s also on RSS.

We’ve also included a link to all the episodes on this page if that’s easier for you.

George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. He also works for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Matt
Matt
3 days ago

How many downloads per episode?

Perhaps it’s time for sponsorship.

DefenceGeek
DefenceGeek
3 days ago
Reply to  Matt

Massive variation between episodes, but the two most popular have surpassed 100K downloads each

Richard
Richard
3 days ago

Just listened to the most recent podcast. Very helpful. Wondering if anyone has recent information on the weapons being used, by Ukr, in the East. In Kiev it seemed to be MANPADS, with quite a bit of drone activity being used, without much public recognition. I understand that they may, now, be low on missiles for the TB2s. BAE may have some guided rockets as a retrofit. But, not sure if they have them, yet. Also wondering if the heavy artillery has been deployed, yet.

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
3 days ago
Reply to  Richard

If anyone does they should be keeping quiet about it unless the Ukrainians want it broadcast.

Richard
Richard
3 days ago

👍

farouk
farouk
3 days ago

Doesnt help when the Ukrainians in the East are airing videos on social media showing them taking out Russia armour with the latest gisits

Richard
Richard
3 days ago
Reply to  Paul.P

2022 just isn’t Putin’s year. Hopefully, some of those missiles fire off, hit some key players in the Kremlin and save the Russian people from complete destruction.

Paul.P
Paul.P
3 days ago
Reply to  Richard

I was thinking is dissident sabotage too much to hope for…?

Tommo
Tommo
2 days ago
Reply to  Paul.P

Paul, As it just so happens Putins nail varnish remover Factory has just mysteriously blown up and burnt to the ground it’s not been a good week for him there, there don’t cry big boys don’t cry Vlad

David Lloyd
David Lloyd
3 days ago

An explosion and major fire at the Russian Air-Space Defense Research Institute near Tver, 100mile NW of Moscow was reported yesterday

https://twitter.com/igorsushko/status/1517145872609341440?t=HLpcHETBvfA4nxwCLjRcxw&s=19

Subsequently Russia’s largest chemical plant, Dmitrievsky Chemical caught fire and burned down last night. This is the largest Russian manufacturer of chemical solvents used in explosives manufacture. Located 250 miles EAST of Moscow.

https://twitter.com/igorsushko/status/1517172233629626368

This is starting to look like classic SF activity – operating behind enemy lines, sabotage, assassinations, reporting on troop concentrations etc. There have been reports of such activity across the border in Russia for weeks.

How demoralising for Putin, Glory to Ukraine

Mr Bell
Mr Bell
3 days ago

US military have juat selected Sig series auromatic rifle and squad support weapon in 6.8mm calibre. At least 250,000 weapons will be produced over 10 year initial contract. There is industrial capacity to sell abroad as well. Handy as the SA80A2A3 is going to need to be replaced in due course.
The whole of NATO is likely to transition over to this standardised rifle calibre now the US has confirmed selection.
Huge stockpiles of 5.56mm in stock though to use up.

Tommo
Tommo
1 day ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

Mr BellSame happened with 7.62mm mountains of the stuff produced right up until 5.56mm came on line at least this new calibre of 6.8mm will have better stopping power than5.56mm,

Rob
Rob
2 days ago

We are sending ‘surplus’ Challenger 2 tanks to Poland so that they can send T72s to Ukraine. Do we have ‘surplus’ Challies and how are the Poles going to operate Abrams with smooth bore ammo as well as Chally 2 with HESH for it’s rifled gun? Seems a bit daft to me.

AlbertStarburst
AlbertStarburst
2 days ago
Reply to  Rob

I could not believe my ears when I heard this on the telly. Surely a joke, or just another example of a politician not knowing/understanding that we don’t have enough tanks and can’t produce our own anymore. Now if there was an annuncement about openg u a new UK design and manufacture plant for Chally 4…

RobW
RobW
2 days ago
Reply to  Rob

It seems to be just an idea that’s being floated at the moment. Poland has ordered some 250 Abrahams so I doubt they will want Chally. Best thing we could do is reactivate those 79 Chally 2s and send them to Poland to be based there and operated by the British Army until their Abrahams start to arrive. Will be years but would allow them to release T72s.

Tommo
Tommo
1 day ago
Reply to  RobW

I think that’s the Idea being juggled by BJ British tanks on Polish land with British crews , makes a change sending Brits to work in Poland