FININT (financial intelligence): With its professional motto ‘follow the money’, FININT is the discipline of tracking financial transactions to infer adversaries’ capabilities, intentions, and networks. Focusing on terrorist financing, tax evasion, and money laundering, or the arms trade, FININT is primarily interested in how adversaries fund their operations and assets, as well as mapping the intermediary institutions and/or persons involved in these operations. FININT is one of the most diverse schools of discipline, serving multiple branches of a government, and also one that isn’t necessarily tied to security or crisis decision-making. Longer-term trends that don’t require a response under time or information constraints, and can be accessed through open sources, such as economic growth, industrial production, accounting policy, and econometric data, are under the jurisdiction of FININT.


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