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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.

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