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Released on 2012-03-03 08:00 GMT

Email-ID 1234734
Date 2009-12-10 14:47:29
Here is the first cut of the proposed system. It lays out the basic
procedural elements. Let us discuss, critique, and refine it.

Proposed System to Develop a Paid Source Network

Our efforts to develop into a true global intelligence company which
offers its clients, analyses and forecasts, better than anyone else,
requires, among other things, a reliable network of well-placed sources.
What this means is that we will have to increasingly move towards
developing paid sources. Obviously, our financial limitations will
determine how fast we can achieve this goal.

As of now we have very few paid sources who we hired as and when we came
to know of them and we determined that we needed to have them and that we
could from a financial standpoint. This approach served our needs for
quite some time but now that we are aggressively moving towards global
operations it is essential that we have a system by which we enhance our
source capabilities. Such a system should allow us to uniformly develop
the network across the various aors.

As each aor enhances its understanding of various parts of its respective
region, it is only natural that it will come across the need for paid
sources. Each aor head working with the corresponding field analyst will
identify the need for a source in x country or y region. These two senior
analysts - given that they are jointly responsible for maintaining
situational awareness - will determine the need based on the geopolitical
significance of the area/issue.

Once there is a consensus within the aor that having a paid source in a
given area is critical to their operational needs, the aor will submit a
request to the Vice-President of Tactical Intelligence (VP-TI) with all
the necessary details justifying their specific requirement. The VP-TI,
working with the CFO and CEO, would already have developed a budget to
address the needs of all the aors within the analytical group, would then
coordinate with the relevant field analyst and the CEO in reviewing the
request. Whether or not a particular request will be approved will be
based on the strategic priorities of the company, financial bandwidth,
which aor takes precedence at a given point in time, and availability of
reliable sources.

Once an approval has been issued, the VP-TI will then work with the
relevant field analyst to identify and process suitable candidates for the
position. The field analyst will most likely have at least one candidate
already in the pipeline and will provide the details (identity,
background, occupation, affiliations, location, etc) of the candidate to
the VP-TI. While the VP-TI is the one who will decide on whether or not
person A will be hired as a paid source, he will be heavily dependent upon
input from the field analyst to make his decision.

The final stage is one where compensation will be negotiated with the
prospective source. The VP-TI will let the field analyst know what the
company can offer, which will then be relayed via the field analyst to the
source. This proposed process is complete if and when the company and the
source agree on a particular amount.