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China’s Insecurity Masks Budding Superiority

September 22, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Ships of the U.S. Navy, the Indian Navy, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Republic of Philippine Navy transit through international waters in the South China Sea. Nations increasingly are working together in the face of Chinese aggression in the region. Credit: Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force

China may claim that its global supremacy is inevitable, but it still is plagued by insecurity and doubt.

The Intelligence Community Needs Diversity NOW

September 18, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
A panel of five intelligence community members related their own personal experiences as they discussed the need for diversity during the final session of the 2020 Intelligence and National Security Summit.

Diversity has assumed utmost importance societally. The same urgency applies to the intelligence community.

AI Looms Large in Race for Global Superiority

September 18, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Russia, China and the United States are in a race to develop artificial intelligence. But their paths, as well as their goals, are vastly different.

Pandemic Refocuses Corporate Attention on New Employee Areas

September 18, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Companies supporting the intelligence community are taking a different look at work methods.

Entrepreneurs Join Intelligence Technology Researchers

September 18, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The United States has some of the best latent intellectual property in the world, and government and industry must work together to get it into the intelligence community.

Core Issues Drive China's Global Activities

September 17, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
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China's hard-set philosophical approach to the world is driving its global activities.

Military Services Look at New Approaches to Intelligence Operations

September 17, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Intelligence is metamorphosing as recent changes feed into operational evolution.

The Global Race for Big Data

September 16, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Big data will be a major disruptor for whichever country manages to gain control of it first. Credit: Artistdesign29/Shutterstock

Whichever country makes the greatest use of big data holds a distinct advantage.

Foreign and Domestic Disinformation Vie for Domination

September 16, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Focusing on foreign disinformation operations may distract from the real issue: Lies must be stopped at home.

Pandemic Turns Intelligence Data Upside Down

September 10, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
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With many people now working at home, the Defense Intelligence Agency has had to enable data services to be performed remotely.

Russia Weaponizes Increasingly Sophisticated Disinformation

September 4, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Russia is pulling no punches as it uses disinformation to destabilize the West.

China Heads List of International Technology Thieves

August 28, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The U.S. Justice Department is mobilizing to stop the growing theft of U.S. trade secrets by China, among several foreign powers.

Intelligence Applies Ethics to Artificial Intelligence

July 23, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
As the intelligence community increasingly incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) to help sort through massive amounts of data, it must apply ethical principles to keep its AI use within proper confines. Credit: Shutterstock/SFIO CRACHO

With artificial intelligence growing in use across the intelligence community, the ODNI has issued a framework and basic principles for ethics in its widespread incorporation.

IARPA Pivots to Fight Coronavirus

July 13, 2020
By George I. Seffers
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is evaluating two of its research programs to see if they may offer solutions for the ongoing pandemic. Credit: Corona Borealis Studio/Shutterstock

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) programs may provide solutions to help counter the COVID-19 pandemic.

IARPA Leader Creating Office Director Positions

July 6, 2020
By George I. Seffers
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is adding new office director positions and hiring new program managers as well. The office directors will help recruit program managers, develop and guide research programs, and enhance relationships with key personnel within the intelligence community to help ensure technology transfers to the agencies. Credit: Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock

The office directors will actively recruit the next generation of IARPA program managers, act as first line supervisors and help develop and guide research programs.

Blending Data Strengthens Security

June 29, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
NuWave Solutions was selected as the winner of the 2019 Intelligence and National Security Summit EPIC App Challenge. The team participated in a competition to extract data from open source websites and applications, enrich it to make it more useful, build a model to triage reporting and identify news reported by the media containing viable intelligence. (Photo by Herman Farrer), Antonio Buchanan, account technology strategist, explains Azure analysis capabilities, integrated with Microsoft Teams at the Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems conference. (Photo courtesy by Microsoft Corporation), Joel Day, account technology strategist, demonstrates analysis collaboration using a custom Microsoft Teams application. (Photo courtesy of Microsoft Corporation)

Industry and government organizations are eager to find ways to combine structured and unstructured data to improve communications about national security threats to the public more effectively.

China is Retooling, and Russia Seeks Harm to Critical Infrastructure

June 24, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Air Force intelligence leader warns U.S. industry of growing risk from China's goal of intellectual property theft to undercut U.S. national security. Pictured, a F-35A Lighting II waits to taxi on the runway at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on May 20. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw.

Intelligence leader warns of the mounting threats of cyber espionage, digital attacks and influence operations from adversaries.

Counterterrorism Methods Refocused to Achieve Greater Clarity

June 2, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) operations room helps synthesize all incoming information about potential threats for distribution among the national security community. The NCTC is realigning its operations and organization to address the changing global threat picture. Credit: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

The U.S. National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) is realigning its operations to adjust to the new and emerging threat picture.

Building a Unified Threat Picture in the Post-COVID-19 World

May 7, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Intelligence must be refocused in the post-COVID-19 era. Five emerging technologies may hold the key.

Pandemic Illustrates New Path to Conflict

April 29, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Health care providers adjust personal protective equipment as they prepare to enter a facility treating the Ebola virus in Liberia. Future pandemics could come from natural viruses or biological weapons developed by sophisticated nations; but whichever the source, opportunistic foes will take advantage of their effects to wreak further havoc on victim nations. (U.S. Army photo)

Adversaries have taken note of the impact of COVID-19 on nations. Some already are launching asymmetric attacks to worsen its effects.