Intel Blogs

Monday, April 25, 2011
Joe Mazzafro

Since our last sojourn together the Intelligence Community (IC) continues to be a “target rich” environment for controversy and contemplation. 

Monday, March 14, 2011
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Monday, February 07, 2011
Joe Mazzafro

My plan for this month’s edition of Mazz-INT was to discuss with you new House Permanent Select Committee for Intelligence (HPSCI) Chairman Mike Roger’s statements about  throttling back the size and influence of the Office the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).  We will actually get to this indirectly, but the vortex of events in Egypt since 25 January trivializes, in the short run at least, any other Intelligence Community (IC) topics.

Monday, January 03, 2011
Joe Mazzafro

New Years is always a good time for top ten stories so I thought I would go this way for the January edition of Mazz-INT. I quickly realized, however, there is little new I that could add to stories such as Wikileaks, the failed jihadist bomb attacks, intelligence issues in Afghanistan, budgetary pressures on the IC, or the swap out of Clapper for Blair as DNI that would pique this readership’s interest. 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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Monday, July 26, 2010
Joe Mazzafro

This is my sound bite take away from what was certainly an event filled if not significant week (July 19-23) for the Intelligence Community (IC).

Monday, June 14, 2010
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Joe Mazzafro

In February 2009 I cavalierly gave Ambassador Negroponte a grade of “Incomplete” for failing to establish the prerogatives of the office and outgoing DNI Mike McConnell a “Gentleman’s B” for his performance as the second Director of National Intelligence based on the following accomplishments:

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Joe Mazzafro

Since our last interaction, the holidays have proved to be harshly unkind to the Intelligence Community (IC).  First there was they “the systemic failure” to warn with regard to the bungled  attempt on Christmas Day by Al Qaeda-radicalized 24 year old Nigerian Umar Abdulmutallab (a.k.a. Passenger 19A) to blow up FLT 253 over Detroit.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Joe Mazzafro

My apologies to those few of you who expected to see a MAZ-INT blog entry for November, however, the AFCEA Webpage does not seemed to be overwhelmed with inquiries about the missing blog, the IC seems to be functioning despite missing a month of my advice, and unemployment has started to drop since my last blog.  Perhaps I should take more months off!

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Joe Mazzafro

If your October is like mine you have way more things going on than you have time to deal with.  Over the course of the next three weeks there’s AFCEA’s Fall Intelligence Symposium, NIP’s Annual Meeting, GEOINT, and the annual DCGS Conference.  Through in a day job, Oracle Open World in San Francisco and the Major League Baseball playoffs and there is a compelling case for any MazzInt Ruminations should be abbreviated for October if not suspended! They are certainly late in getting posted.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Joe Mazzafro

August was a revealing month, at least for me, in terms of understanding where intelligence fits in the grand scheme of the Obama Administration.  Even before the economic crisis, it was clear from his campaign that President Obama did not intend to focus on intelligence and would depend on John Brennan to manage the IC and tell him what he needed to know when he needed to know it. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Joe Mazzafro

Cyber Threats and Cyber “In Security”

Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Joe Mazzafro

As fascinated (OK obsessed) as I am with the lack of trust between the Congress and the IC with its attendant impact on national security, its time to move on!  I thought DNI Denny Blair’s first public address on June 8th at an INSA dinner would provide more than enough material for this month edition, but having sat through it in person I can’t bare to review a “dare to be bland” overview of the IC by its CEO.  Had this speech been a Wall Street Analyst guida

Monday, June 01, 2009
Joe Mazzafro

North Korea is testing nuclear weapons, fighting is intensifying in Pakistan's Swat Valley, and the White House 60 Cyber Review has been released, but the political brawl over whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi was or was not mislead by the CIA regarding the use of waterboarding seems to be confirming the point I was making in these pages last month about the lack of trust between the Intelligence Community (IC) and Congress.

 

Thursday, April 30, 2009
Joe Mazzafro

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