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Document Classification Guide
Below is a table listing and explaining the manner in which OSFI documents are classified. Please make a careful note of these, as all OSFI documents are so tagged.
- Information Classifications
- OPEN ACCESS (OA)- cleared for general public consumption.
- SECRET- This information could be harmful to the Federation if it were to find its way into the wrong hands; foreign ship specifications or general overviews of foreign powers might be examples of such information. Aceess is restricted to those deemed to have a "need to know"- starship captains, analysts, ambassadors, etc.
- TOP SECRET- This information could cause "signigficant harm" to the Federation if it fell into the wrong hands; examples would be military or scientific research and development information, budgetary information, etc. Access is gneerally restircted to high-ranking Federation or flag-rank Star Fleet personnel with specific "need to know."
- ULTRA SECRET- This information could have potentiall fatal consequences tot he Federation should it fall into the wrong hands; examples of this information would be access codes to inner defense information, communications cipers, etc. Access to this information is restricted to the highest levels, and then only to those with a specific and critical "need to know." Also known as "Omega-class."
- Reliability Classifications
- A LEVEL- information has been confirmed through multiple confrontations by multiple friendly intelligence assets within the past 6 months.
- B LEVEL- Same as A-level information, but may be somewhat dated, confirmed by only one friendly intelligence assett, confirmed by multiple foreing intelligence assets, or confirmed through only a couple of confrotnations.
- C LEVEL- This is the most common type of classification of published information. Generally, C-level reliability is weakened by either being significantly out of date, being acquired through less-than-friendly agents or civilian contacts, single confrotnations, multiple sightings froma distance, etc.
- D LEVEL- This information is often dangerously out of date; alternately, it could have been acquired from non-intelligences resources, from an enemy agent under duress, or from single, isolated sightings.
- F LEVEL- This sort of information rarely makes into formal briefs, but rather exists as simple notations in informal briefs that often lead to further research and, accordingly, a higher reliability classification down the line. F-Level reliability is information acquired through a single unreliable source, like an enemy operative or civilian from a known hostile power, often under duress. Alternately, such information can also be acquired through single, brief sensor contacts or brief direct encounters.