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
Intel White Papers
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.
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.
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.
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