The Osservatorio Scenari Strategici di Sicurezza (OSSS, Outpost for Strategic and Security Scenarios) first saw the light in 2002 after the Twin Towers tragedy and ever since its foundation has adopted a holistic approach to global strategic developments. Faced with the challenge of the accelerating pace of change - frequently difficult to predict - new instruments have been developed to enable different analytical processes to be adopted with a view to detecting even the slightest of movements in the world’s strategic and economic dynamics.
The founder and director of OSSS for the first three-year period was General Giuseppe Cucchi (formerly Director of the Department of Information and Security-DIS, Italian intelligence). In 2006 Alessandro Politi, a strategic and Open Source Intelligence analyst was appointed director of the OSSS, with the mission to internationalise the research centre; previously he had been scientific director of the OSSS.
In addition to European research activities focusing on various issues (bioterrorism, strategic analysis for national governments and hi-tech companies), the OSSS publishes the Nomos & Khaos annual report, one of very few such reports, which systematically analyses global scenarios on an annual basis and produces short-term forecasts on the major trends. Nomos & Khaos was set up right from the start as an instrument to provide analysis and strategic forecasts for political, economic and private decision-makers in addition to organizations involved in globalization processes.
In line with a concept developed in-house, the OSSS is a network-centric think tank which, capitalizing on the more agile, flexible conception of the web, has managed to enhance the Italian strategic culture, leveraging ground-breaking and outstanding professional skills to create high-level products.
Since it was established five years ago, the OSSS has played a key role in combining strategic analysis with macroeconomic structural analysis of political economics. It has been able to provide timely forecasts of developments such as increased friction between the European Union and Russia, the political defeat of Al Qaeda, the global economic tsunami and negotiations over the Golan Heights.
Analyzing and mapping political and economic strategic scenarios - studying the strategic and security-related impact of international events - supporting the decision-making process - scenario analysis - theme-based workshops for institutions and enterprises - the security industry and economy - developing new strategic and political international concepts