Intelligence Blog

Space Force Designated as Part of Intelligence Community

January 8, 2021
Posted by: George I. Seffers
The director of national intelligence announced today that the U.S. Space Force has been designated a part of the intelligence community. Credit: NicoElNino/Shutterstock

The Space Force element is the first new organization to join the intelligence community since 2006.

NGA Is Optimistic About its Radio Frequency Data Pilot Program

December 16, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s new pilot program to assess how radio frequency geospatial data and analytical solutions from the commercial sector is looking promising, the agency says. So far it is trying out HawkEye 360 LLC's global spectrum sensing platform to identify and map radio frequency emitters. Credit: HawkEye 360

The effort to consider commercial spectrum solutions for geospatial intelligence began in September.

Intelligence Inoculates Against Cyber Intruders

December 2, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network officials use threat intelligence to bolster the defense of the network against a surge of attacks during the pandemic. Source: Rafal Olechowski/Shutterstock

Open source and commercially available intelligence, along with the fusion of cyber and intelligence analysis, help protect DOD networks against a surge of attacks during the pandemic.

Quantum Computing Will Require Leap in Apps

November 16, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/ZinetroN

Quantum research continues unabated, but ultimately it may be applications that define the exotic technology.

Technologies, Virus Wreak Changes on Intelligence Analysis

October 2, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/oOhyperblaster

The new era in open-source data require innovative intelligence analysis and processing.

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
Credit: Shutterstock/stefano carniccio

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
Credit: Shutterstock/ImageFlow

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
Credit: Shutterstock/sibsky2016

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
Credit: Shutterstock/Photomarine

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
Credit: Shutterstock/Gorodenkoff

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
Credit: Shutterstock/Gorodenkoff

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
Credit: Shutterstock/your

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
Credit: Shutterstock/M-SUR

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
Credit: Shutterstock/Herr Loeffler

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.

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