Intelligence Blog

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.

Coronavirus Changes the Global Threat Picture

April 20, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The COVID-19 coronavirus has laid bare the lack of strategic planning for cascading effects from a global disruption.

Space Warfare Requires Different Thinking

February 28, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Squadron Leader Jamiee Maika, Royal Australian Air Force, observes operations at the Combined Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. This multinational space force includes a strategic defense partnership between the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Additional nations collaborating on space operations with the center include Germany, France and New Zealand. U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.T. Armstrong, The U.S. Army is embracing major changes as the new space battlefield emerges. Pvt. Jacob Wilder, USA, a student in a Joint Tactical Ground Station course at the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense School, performs an exercise inside a mock Joint Tactical Ground Station operations room in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photo by Sean Kimmons, Space operators from allied nations around the world collaborate at Lockheed Martin’s Center for Innovation during Global Sentinel 19. Each participating nation maintained a space operations center to command and control their space situational awareness. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.T. Armstrong

The U.S. Defense Department faces three fundamental challenges to remaining a world military leader in the space domain.

DISA Develops Closer Ties with Intelligence Agencies

February 12, 2020
By George I. Seffers
The Defense Information Systems Agency and the National Security Agency are partnering more closely than ever to develop and deploy cybersecurity technologies. Credit: BeeBright/Shutterstock

DISA and NSA to introduce new cyber capabilities in the coming years.

Intelligence University Adds Advanced Data Curriculum

February 11, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Mark Bailey teaches a class in applied data science for intelligence at the National Intelligence University. (NIU photo)

Experts teach how to exploit intelligence data effectively.

International Research Collaboration Is Vital, But So Is Security

December 11, 2019
Posted by Julianne Simpson
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Better engagement between the intelligence community and academia is needed to combat foreign influence.

China Drops All Camouflage About Its Aggression

November 20, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Intelligence officers serving U.S. Indo-Pacific Command organizations describe a Chinese threat that unambiguously targets world domination. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

U.S. intelligence officials in the Pacific say China is on a long march toward inexorable world domination.

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, 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.