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Capability Areas Define Defense Intelligence Themes

September 22, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

New threats such as cyberterrorism complement traditional threats such as weapons of mass destruction among the defense intelligence capabilities underpinning future intelligence activities.

Concerns, Potential Breakthroughs Highlight Intelligence Technology Goals

September 22, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Emerging and evolving threats join potential innovations as the drivers for intelligence technology development.

NSA Research Directorate Looks Internally, Externally

September 19, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The National Security Agency is focusing inward and outward as it reshapes its technology policy.

Government, Industry Conduct Vital Intelligence Research

September 19, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Rather than devote valuable resources pursuing every possible technology solution, the intelligence community complements similar efforts in the commercial sector.

Intelligence Oversight Difficulty Increases With Effectiveness

September 19, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Intelligence oversight is an important function in a democracy. But, with transparency and secrecy requirements colliding, it becomes increasingly difficult the more it is pursued.

Space, Cyberspace Are Stealth Threats to U.S.

September 19, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Other threats to the United States may make daily headlines, but space and cyberspace are below the public radar while at the top of many lists of concerns.

U.S. Intelligence Oversight Unparalleled in the World

September 19, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The United States has far better oversight and transparency about its intelligence operations than do many of the nations criticizing it, according to the two leading congressmen in the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

U.S. Commitment Key to Defeating ISIL

September 19, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Defeating ISIL will require ground forces from Arab countries. The United States must step up and commit to supporting them if they are to prevail.

Technology Both Aids, Hinders Intelligence Transparency

September 18, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Technology-spawned information has become too untamed for government to manage it.

Are Intelligence Leaks Caused by Overclassification?

September 18, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The flood of leaks from the intelligence community may be caused in part by classifying too much information as secret.

Internet of Things Strong on Theory, Not a Reality Yet

September 18, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Internet of Things offers the potential of a networking revolution. But, while the theory is sound, its realization must overcome many hurdles first.

Internet of Things Will Be Fertile Ground for Cybermarauders

September 18, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Internet of Things will be everything to malevolent cybermarauders. Terrorists, criminals and hackers will have a field day out-innovating the defenders of cyberspace.

Intelligence Spot-on With Ukraine, ISIL Tougher

September 18, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. intelligence community had a good read on the unfolding events in Ukraine and with ISIL in Syria and Iraq. However, even the community's prescience has its limits.

Insider Revelations Devastate U.S. Intelligence Capabilities

September 18, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Snowden and Manning have done serious damage to U.S. intelligence capabilities, and adversaries are adjusting their activities in response.

Government, Industry Must Expand Cyber Intelligence Sharing

September 18, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Cyber intelligence sharing must change its nature as well as expand its reach.

Know Thyself to Defeat Cyber Intruders

September 18, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Organizations cannot hope to counter cyber intruders if they don't fully understand their own network and why they are targeted.

Everyday Information Now Vital Intelligence Target

September 18, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Food, water, disease and energy increasingly are becoming disruptive to global security. Accordingly, they are moving up the intelligence priority list.

What Does the Intelligence Community Really Want?

September 18, 2014
By Rita Boland

The intelligence community is striving to determine how it can work with industry early, before requirements for capabilities are confirmed, to get out ahead of challenges.

ODNI Debuts Transparent New Intelligence Strategy

September 18, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The first U.S. national intelligence strategy in five years is released exclusively in unclassified form.

Immaculate Collection Hindering Intelligence Capabilities

September 18, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Demands for "immaculate collection" of intelligence data are putting U.S. national security at risk.

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