Intelligence Blog

High Hopes for New Background Investigation System

June 6, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, pictured at DCOS, looks to the National Background Information System, which DISA built and will operate, to advance the country¹s efforts in federal background investigations. Credit: Mike Carpenter, Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, pictured with AFCEA President and CEO Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), at DCOS, looks to the National Background Information System to advance the country¹s efforts in federal background investigations. Credit: Mike Carpenter, DISA recently unveiled the new system it developed and will maintain for the government when performing background checks. Credit: Mike Carpenter

The new government-wide system, called NBIS, aims to greatly improve federal background investigations, says DISA’s Vice Adm. Norton.

Open-Source Vies for Dominant Role

April 3, 2018
Robert K. Ackerman
Former government intelligence officer Maureen A. Baginski believes open-source material, supplemented with classified data, should be the primary information around which analysts build knowledge.

The more intelligence changes, the more it needs changing.

All That's Old Is New Again

March 30, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
Charlie Allen, principal at The Chertoff Group, says the Intelligence Community must do a better job of anticipating abrupt discontinuities in adversaries' actions.

A combination of global instability, rising authoritarianism and democracies in retreat may lead to more dangerous situations than those faced during the Cold War.

Cyber + Kinetic Forces = Intensified Threats

March 26, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
Lewis Shepherd (l), executive consultant on advanced technologies at Deloitte, spoke with Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, about the rapid changes in technology at the AFCEA 2017 Spring Intelligence Symposium.

Malevolent uses for artificial intelligence combined with autonomous systems provide frightening new levels of capabilities to potential adversaries.

INSCOM Adding Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism Support

March 13, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Army Sgt. K.C. Pless applies camouflage paint before a multinational weapons training session with Danish troops in Estonia on March 10 in support of support Operation Atlantic Resolve. As the Army operates in an ever-changing world, the service’s military intelligence needs to provide a counter to the evolving threats. Army photo by Spc. Hubert D. Delany III, Like many entities, the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command is facing an ever-evolving threat environment as far as counterterrorism and counterintelligence, says Rick Wagner, president of ManTech’s Mission, Cyber and Intelligence Solutions group. ManTech recently won a contract award to support the command.

The intelligence command secures contractor insider threat resources, among other capabilities.

Fighting Chinese and Russian Technology

March 6, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, Army deputy chief of staff, G-2, speaks at the AFCEA Army Signal Conference.

We may not fight China or Russia, but we will fight their equipment and technology.

NATO's Unified Vision to Exercise ISR Interoperability

March 22, 2018
By George I. Seffers
A NATO AWACS takes off from Forward Operating Location Ørland in Norway during during a training exercise. This summer’s Unified Vision will allow NATO officials to assess a variety of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. Credit: Photo courtesy of NATO E-3A Component Public Affairs Office

The exercise will test the alliance’s efforts to improve joint capabilities.


Foreign Naval and Maritime Threat Insight

February 22, 2018
By Beverly Cooper
(Photography Shutterstock/Serp)

Office of Naval Intelligence experts meeting with industry to explain threat and find solutions.

Intelligence Community to Brief Election Officials

February 16, 2018
The intelligence community is schooling election officials on the risks of adversarial influence campaigns during elections. Credit: Shutterstock/Alexandru Nika

This uncommon step reflects the need to address influence campaigns against U.S. democracy.

IARPA Launches Satellite Imagery Program

February 13, 2018
Posted By George I. Seffers
NASA’s Terra spacecraft provides an image of Moscow. IARPA has launched a program intended to significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to build 3-D models of satellite imagery. Credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

CORE3D is intended to significantly reduce the time it takes to build 3-D models capturing the geometry and surface properties of objects on the Earth.

Mattis Outlines National Defense Strategy

February 1, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
As part of the U.S. National Defense Strategy, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is calling for investments in C4ISR to field capabilities that will “gain and exploit information, deny competitors those same advantages and enable us to provide attribution while defending against and holding accountable state or non-state actors during cyber attacks.”, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis warns of an increasingly complex security environment “defined by rapid technological change, and challenges from adversaries in every operating domain.” The U.S. military is facing adversaries around the globe, with a every domain now contested—air, land, sea, space and cyberspace.

With every domain contested, the U.S. military must be more lethal, resilient and innovative.

Is Big Data Up to the Military Challenge?

November 1, 2017
By Beverly Cooper
Tools that help the big data problem are one of the technologies most desired in the cyber realm, according to panelists at AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific., l-r: Maj Gen. Jeffrey A. Kruse, USAF; Capt. Dale C. Rielage, USN; Lt. Col. Ed Guevara, USAF; Col. Pete Don, USA; and Col. Matt Rau, USMC., Panelists at TechNet Asia-Pacific discuss big data and intelligence.

Today’s Internet of Things world saturates us with big data across all domains. We need a complete picture to enable decisions.

AFRL Miniaturizing Intelligence Pod

October 17, 2017
The AgilePod, the first physical system to be trademarked by the Air Force, is a multiintelligence pod. A new effort to develop a suite of platform-agnostic AgilePods in various sizes is currently in progress, teaming AFRL with industry partners. (U.S. Air Force photo/David Dixon)

The system is a multiintelligence, open architecture, flight-line reconfigurable pod designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. 

Security vs. Privacy: A Looming Showdown in Congress

September 7, 2017
By George I. Seffers
Panelists discuss section 702 Intelligence reauthorization during the Intelligence and National Security Summit.

Intelligence officials call for foreign data collection reauthorization.

States Affected by Election Hacking Don't Know What the Feds Know

September 7, 2017
By George I. Seffers
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks during the Intelligence and National Security Summit., Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) speaks during the Intelligence and National Security Summit.

Federal government officials cannot share information on Russian hacking because state officials lack the requisite clearances.

Military Intelligence Officers Call for Expanded Space Assets

September 6, 2017
By George I. Seffers
Panelists discuss military intelligence at the Intelligence and National Security Summit.

While space has always been an important domain for military intelligence, the intelligence community is renewing its emphasis on the stars.

Seeing Is Believing For Artificial Intelligence

August 21, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman

Geospatial imagery as well as facial recognition and other biometrics are driving the intelligence community’s research into artificial intelligence.

IARPA Seeks to Create Functional World Map

July 17, 2017
IARPA), the research arm for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, has announced the Functional Map of the World (fMoW) challenge, which officially kicks off in August.

IARPA has announced the functional Map of the World (fMoW) challenge, which officially kicks off in August.

Cyborg Dragonfly Takes Flight

June 1, 2016
The DragonflEye, a cyborg insect intended for a variety of missions, recently completed its first test flight.

The DragonflEye, a cyborg insect intended for a variety of missions, including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, has liftoff.

U.S. Defense Department Revises Intelligence Budget Request

May 9, 2017

The Department of Defense released today the revised Military Intelligence Program top line budget request for fiscal 2017 that was disclosed to the public on February 9, 2016. The $16.8 billion is now updated to include additional funding above the initial president's budget request. The total, which includes both the base budget and overseas contingency operations funding, is $18.5 billion.