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The Intelligence Community: New Challenges, Sources, and Methods

Monday, September 28, 2009
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The Intelligence Committee (the Committee) of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) is pleased to present this white paper focused on the changing threats facing our nation and the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) and the potential represented by a wider variety of sources and analytic methodologies available to meet these threats. This paper is part of a series of

Committee publications intended to contribute to the ongoing national dialog regarding the state and future of the IC. The papers are intended to stimulate discussion at intelligence symposia presented by the Committee, and this one is keyed to the AFCEA Fall Intelligence Symposium scheduled for October 14 and 15, 2009.2 Through the symposium and white paper, the Committee hopes to contribute to efforts to modulate the spectrum of threats with which the IC concerns itself and the sources and analytic approaches the Community employs to meet those challenges.

Congress and the Intelligence Community: Rebuilding Trust

Thursday, April 16, 2009
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In recent years Congress has demonstrated significant concern regarding perceptions of the IC’s behavior, practices, and management. In response, IC members sense that Congress wishes to limit their prerogatives and flexibility. Although a number of IC leaders enjoy support on Capitol Hill, the relationship that currently exists between Congress and the community has been undercut in recent years by several circumstances.

Intelligence Support to Critical Infrastructure Protection

Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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Critical infrastructures are essential to all of the necessary functions upon which society depends, but are largely taken for granted until those functions are disrupted. Events such as what took place at the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1994, preparation for Y2K (2000), 9/11 and its aftermath, the 2003 blackout of the northeast, and the devastating hurricanes of 2006 and 2008, all have focused attention on the nation's infrastructure, reminding us how vulnerable these systems are and the diversity of threats they face. As the American people have been confronted with the possibility of living and working without one or more of the basic necessities on which they have come to depend, critical infrastructure protection has become a priority for the federal government, as well as for the private sector and state, local, and tribal governments. It follows, therefore, that providing support to the critical infrastructure mission also has become an important priority for the U.S. Intelligence Community. Criticisms leveled against the Intelligence Community following 9/11 included concerns about the manner and extent to which foreign intelligence could be used to protect the homeland. In addition, the national debate about information and intelligence sharing now has been extended to include threats to the nation's critical infrastructure. Accompanying this discussion have been moves to build a more unified Intelligence Community (including the reorganization required by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004) and more recent changes to Executive Order 12333. These changes allow for stronger support to state, local, and tribal authorities and to the private sector – in terms of technical assistance – and remove some impediments to sharing information with those charged with the critical infrastructure protection mission.

Enabling a Responsive and Agile Intelligence Enterprise

Tuesday, April 08, 2008
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The IC has shifted from a Cold War footing in response to the evolving threats facing the United States and its allies. The Community faces a wide range of intelligence and analytic challenges with many unknowns – both traditional and asymmetrical. In addition, the rate of change is more rapid than ever. This combination of factors generates new intelligence challenges; as a transformational leader in the IC has said, “How do we solve problems that we have not yet conceived of?” In other words, how can a large, multi-tiered, and compartmentalized enterprise like the IC act with speed and agility? Large bureaucracies, by their nature, are typically slow and laden with process.

However, the IC has demonstrated it can operate effectively and quickly. One example is its role in the successful campaign to energize and support the Northern Alliance to overthrow the Taliban in Afghanistan in the winter of 2001.

Other examples include the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Analytic Transformation

Initiatives (e.g. Mission Manager Concept, Rapid Analytic Support, and Expeditionary Response Teams) and the ODNI’s Rapid Technology Transition Initiative. The task now is to leverage these successes and accelerate transformation in other areas.

Information Sharing and Collaboration

Wednesday, September 26, 2007
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Planning, Budgeting, and Execution

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