October 2001

October 2001
By Maryann Lawlor

Sound policies instill essential consumer confidence.

While various Internet consumer privacy protection bills steadily make their way through U.S. congressional committees, businesses are taking a stab at self-governance. The work is based on the premise that commercial relationships demand trust, and the best way to gain customers’ trust is to assure consumers that the information they provide, both automatically and intentionally, will not be shared without their permission. However, unless Web site visitors read published privacy policies, they may not be aware of how much of their personal data can be shared or sold.

October 2001
By Clarence A. Robinson Jr.

National Institute of Standards and Technology bolsters active content security, advanced encryption standard.

A fast-moving squad of government and industry computer security experts is preparing to swing into action. This computer-security-expert assist team is structured to support federal government agencies by providing ways to protect information technology systems and networks. The team’s core will be industry members who are proficient in identifying and alleviating complex information system and infrastructure vulnerabilities.

October 2001
By Henry S. Kenyon

As economies improve, Pacific states resume purchasing military equipment.

Arms sales in Southeast Asia are returning to levels that existed prior to the region’s 1997 financial crash. Procurement plans that had been frozen because of the economic turmoil have been reactivated as area nations seek to acquire items such as military aircraft, communications systems and warships. Although these purchases reflect steady improvement in a number of national economies, some countries remain gripped by fiscal and political crises.

October 2001
By John Di Genio

Information dominance is the counter to a swift, sudden North Korean invasion of South Korea.

Almost 50 years after the end of the Korean War, Korea remains one of the world’s flash points—a place where the flames of the Cold War have yet to be fully extinguished. Although progress has been made during the recent North-South summit in Korea, North Korea still maintains one of the largest forward-deployed armies in the world. Its offensive posture, coupled with its recent development of ballistic missiles, lethal special operations forces and weapons of mass destruction, causes the Korean peninsula to be very volatile.

October 2001
By David R. Zenker

Government solicits private sector input on evolution of airborne signals intelligence systems.

October 2001
By Robert K. Ackerman

The information age and the new global power structure mandate costly, massive changes.

Editor’s Note:  The interview on which this article is based took place three weeks before the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The U.S. intelligence community must invest in new technologies, capabilities and personnel, or face the possibility of a catastrophic failure with national implications, according to its director.

October 2001
By Robert K. Ackerman

Traditional functions may spin off from warfighters to information mavens.

Unified military operations are leading to a redistribution of intelligence functions as the U.S. Defense Department transitions into a network-centric world. Sensors and shooters once belonged to the same family of operators. Now, sensing, analysis and dissemination of intelligence information are moving into a realm apart from the weapons delivery process.

October 2001
By Henry S. Kenyon

The nation’s premier surveillance satellite operator is ready for the future with a new business approach and tools.

Few things on Earth go unnoticed by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. So, when the landscape of national security changed in the 1990s, it saw the beginning of the end for a long-established corporate culture. The once highly secretive organization has since restructured itself by dramatically increasing its research and development efforts and aggressively enlisting services from the commercial sector. These changes reflect a general trend toward consolidating space-based observation assets within the intelligence community.