Intelligence Blog

Chinese Threat Dominates INDOPACOM Intelligence

October 23, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
U.S. Navy cryptologic technicians stand watch in the combat information center of the USS Milius in the East China Sea. U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) intelligence experts are addressing the long-expected emergence of China as a regional adversary with global intentions. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Taylor DiMartino, USN)

INDOPACOM's intelligence community has been cognizant of China's threat to peace and security throughout the region for many years. Now, it must address the issue.

Troubling Intellectual Property Theft and Cyber Threats Persist

October 7, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Security experts warn companies not to think separately about possible intellectual property theft and cyber attack threats, as they could be one in the same. Credit: Shutterstock/Rawpixel 

Nation-state actors continue to mount glaring yet effective attacks on the United States.

U.S. Intelligence Executive Lays Out Identity Agenda

September 25, 2019
By Shaun Waterman
Panelists discuss identity intelligence at the Federal Identity Forum and Expo. Credit: Shaun Waterman

For U.S. intelligence agencies, identity is all about “trying to find bad guys.”

New Vetting Center Is Flipping the Script on Watchlisting

September 24, 2019
By Shaun Waterman
(l-r) Monte Hawkins, director of the National Vetting Center, Charles Bartoldus, former official and now senior advisor to CT-Strategies, ODNI Identity Intelligence Executive Kathleen Lane, DHS CIO official Emily Barbero, NVC Chief of Staff Casie Antalis and NVC Technical Director Lori Vislocky speak at AFCEA International's Federal identity Forum and Expo in Tampa, Florida. Credit: Shaun Waterman

To guard America’s borders against a lengthening list of threats, the new interagency National Vetting Center is flipping the script on watchlisting, officials said Monday.

Cyber-Driven Disinformation Is Here to Stay

September 5, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
 Panelists at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence & National Security Summit discussing the hard truth about disinformation are (l-r) Sujit Raman, associate deputy attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice; Daniel Kimmage, principal deputy coordinator, Global Engagement Center, State Department; Suzanne Kelly, CEO, The Cipher Brief; and Brett Horvath, president, Guardians.ai. Credit: Herman Farrer Photography

Government and the public must gear up to mitigate the effects of disinformation, which is not going away.

The Newly Designated Space Domain Requires Its Own Intelligence.

September 5, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Exploring the need for intelligence in the newly emphasized space domain at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence & National Security Summit on September 5 are (l-r) Chris DeMay, founder and CTO, Hawkeye 360; Stacey Dixon, deputy director, NGA; Tina Harrington, director, SIGINT, NRO; and Maj. Gen. John E. Shaw, USAF, deputy commander, Air Force Space Command., Exploring the need for intelligence in the newly emphasized space domain at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence & National Security Summit on September 5 are (l-r) panel moderator Letitia Long, chair, INSA; Chris DeMay, founder and CTO, Hawkeye 360;v Stacey Dixon, deputy director, NGA; Tina Harrington, director, SIGINT, NRO; and Maj. Gen. John E. Shaw, deputy commander, Air Force Space Command. Credit: Herman Farrer Photography

Long a source of key intelligence for Earth-based operations, the space domain now requires its own specialized intelligence.

Intelligence Has an Extensive Industry Wish List

September 4, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
The plenary panel discussion on defense intelligence at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence & National Security Summit  features (l-r) moderator Lt. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart, USMC (Ret.); Kari Bingen, undersecretary of defense for intelligence, U.S. Defense Department; Suzanne White, deputy director, DIA; Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Kruse, USAF, director of defense intelligence (warfighter support); and Rear Adm. Frank “Trey” Whitworth, USN, J-2, The Joint Staff. Credit: Herman Farrer Photography

Industry must be the source of several key intelligence technologies and capabilities.

Intelligence Looks to the Hybrid Cloud

September 4, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Panelists discussing military service intelligence priorities at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence & National Security Summit are (l-r) panel moderator Lt. Gen. Robert Noonan, USA (Ret.); Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, USA;  Lt. Gen. Veralinn “Dash” Jamieson, USAF; and Rear Adm. Steve Parode, USN. Credit: Herman Farrer Photography

The hybrid cloud may be the digital holy grail for the intelligence community.

Competition Is the Name of the Game in Global Security

September 4, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Gen. Joseph Votel, USA (Ret.), former SOCOM and CENTCOM commander, discusses the challenges facing the intelligence community with Michele Flournoy, co-founder of WestExec Advisors, at the Intelligence & National Security Summitt 2019. Credit: Herman Farrer Photography, Gen. Joseph Votel, USA (Ret.), former Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and Central Command (CENTCOM) commander, speaks at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence & National Security Summit. Credit: Herman Farrer Photography

The intelligence community must ramp up across the breadth of its disciplines to compete with looming adversaries.

Intelligence Consolidation Looms for the U.S. Military

August 26, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Members of the Air Force Research lab work on a new enhanced reporting, narrative event streaming tool built in cooperation with business and academia. The tool is aimed at streamlining tasks performed by intelligence analysts, which will be essential for future intelligence processes. Photo by Wesley Farnsworth

U.S. intelligence must integrate its assets and procedures to address the challenges of new technologies and malevolent potential adversaries, says the former head of Army intelligence.

DIA Aims for MARS as its Moon Shot

August 15, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley Jr., USA, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) director, describes how the agency’s new Machine-assisted Analytic Rapid-repository System, or MARS, will change the way intelligence data is processed and accessed.

The director of the DIA describes how his organization is bringing together stovepiped intelligence into a single entity known as the Machine-assisted Analytic Rapid-repository System, or MARS.

AI Offers Intelligence Pitfalls as Well as Advantages

August 13, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Segey Cherviakov/Shutterstock

The intelligence community is counting on AI to carry out its mission in the coming years, but the still-evolving technology offers many potential hazards that could cause more harm than good.

NSA Promises Improved Partnerships in Cybersecurity Directorate

July 24, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
The National Security Agency (NSA) has created a new Cybersecurity Directorate to improve cyber partnerships and increase intelligence coordination.

The NSA is increasing partnerships and coordinating foreign intelligence information in its upcoming Cybersecurity Directorate.

CIA Remains Tied to the Industry

July 3, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Thousands of British and French troops wait on the dunes of Dunkirk Beach, France, for transport to England during World War II, between May 26 and June 4, 1940. The Central Intelligence Agency cites the military evacuation of Dunkirk as the time its predecessor agency started depending on the private sector for key strategic intelligence. Credit: Shutterstock/Everett Historical,  Historian from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) stresses the importance of its partnership with the private sector. Credit: Photo of the agency's original headquarters building in McLean, Virginia, courtesy of the CIA.

The intelligence agency continues to turn to the private sector for help solving complex problems.

NGA Tabs 10 MagQuest Winners

July 2, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has selected 10 innovative projects to help the agency measure the Earth’s magnetic field as part of its MagQuest competition. Credit: Shutterstock/Andrey VP

The Earth's magnetic field may have nothing to hide if 10 National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency innovation awards bear fruit.

Sea Service Pivots to Protect Against Great Powers

June 5, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
U.S. Navy sailors collaborate with Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific’s RESTORE Lab to explore how three-dimensional scanning and printing can deliver an effective and reliable solution to repair critical warfighting equipment. U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. John P Fagan /Released, While assigned to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Reserve Program, Electronics Technician 1st Class Robert Hart, USNR, supports Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific engineers. The program leverages education, corporate knowledge and military experience and applies those skills to the challenges the fleet is facing with respect to complex command, control, communications, computer and intelligence systems. Courtesy Photo

Today’s threats demand different capabilities, including delivering data directly to all ships at sea no matter the environmental or combat conditions.

ODNI Seeks Industry Innovation

May 24, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats discusses national security issues with other leaders during a visit to The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. The intelligence community is seeking advancing capabilities to help strengthen national security. Credit: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

The intelligence agency is looking for industry to present capabilities to enhance national security.

Taking a Byte Out of Cyber Crime

May 7, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The FBI’s Cyber Division is strengthening its investigative capabilities to battle more and more digital-based crimes from global adversaries, says Amy Hess, executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. Credit: Atlantic Council/Image Link

Cyber-related attacks are becoming a greater part of the FBI’s portfolio, leader says.

NSA Releases the Dragon

April 8, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
The Ghidra tool suite examines compiled code using disassembly, decompilation and graphing.

The National Security Agency is now sharing the source code of Ghidra, its reverse engineering tool for cybersecurity.

NGA Offers Geomagnetic Data Collection Contest

March 21, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has launched MagQuest, a $1.2 million global open innovation challenge, seeking advanced approaches to geomagnetic data collection. Credit: Shutterstock/Siberian Art

The intel mapping agency hopes that the challenge, now open through May 16, will spur innovation.

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