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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.  

IARPA Announces Publication of Forecasting Data

April 28, 2017

Forecasting data collected during IARPA’s Aggregative Contingent Estimation (ACE) program by team Good Judgment is now available for use by the public and the research community.

A Founding Father of the CIA Served His Nation for More Than Six Decades

4/7/17
By George I. Seffers
Hugh Montgomery, who jumped into Normandy on D-Day with the 82nd Airborne, served in the early days of the CIA.

SIGNAL Magazine honors the service of longtime intelligence officer and diplomat Hugh Montgomery, who died April 6 at age 93.

Help Wanted: Machines Capable of Translating Foreign Language Data Into English

January 24, 2017

U.S. intelligence community researchers need technology capable of retrieving information from a multilingual repository and converting the data into English.

ODNI Says Classic Russian Influence Campaign Targeted U.S. Presidential Election

January 6, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman

Russian agents, acting on direct orders from President Vladimir Putin, ran an organized media campaign to discredit Secretary Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to a declassified U.S. intelligence community report. However, the effort stopped short of directly affecting vote tallies.

Taking Advantage of Machine Learning to Securely Share Data

December 9, 2016
By Rob Morrow

Right at this moment, hundreds of U.S. government analysts are trying to solve the exact same problem. Without easy, trusted data sharing, these analysts, who the nation relies on to solve the most challenging of worries, cannot benefit from shared knowledge—a hurdle that adds to inefficiencies fostered by redundancies, reinforcing the public’s perception of ineffective federal bureaucracy.

IARPA Announces Winners of its 3-D Mapping Challenge

December 1, 2016
By Sandra Jontz

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, or IARPA, has selected its winners from its crowd-sourced Multi-View Stereo 3-D Mapping Challenge—a contest to see who could best convert satellite photos into 3-D models to create more accurate maps.

 

Face of Terrorism Has a New, Frightening Look, INSS Panel Expresses

September 7, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Panelists discuss the new face of terrorism during the 3rd annual INSS in Washington, D.C. this week.

European governments are contending with the challenges of penetrable borders, an influx of refugees and the radicalization of some of its youth, complicating intelligence efforts to combat terror, said Michael Leiter, chief operations officer at Leidos, at the third annual Intelligence & National Security Summit in Washington, D.C.

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