The Intelligence Committee (the Committee) of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) is pleased to present this white paper focused on the changing threats facing our nation and the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) and the potential represented by a wider variety of sources and analytic methodologies available to meet these threats. This paper is part of a series of
Intel White Papers
In recent years Congress has demonstrated significant concern regarding perceptions of the IC’s behavior, practices, and management. In response, IC members sense that Congress wishes to limit their prerogatives and flexibility. Although a number of IC leaders enjoy support on Capitol Hill, the relationship that currently exists between Congress and the community has been undercut in recent years by several circumstances.
Critical infrastructures are essential to all of the necessary functions upon which society depends, but are largely taken for granted until those functions are disrupted. Events such as what took place at the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1994, preparation for Y2K (2000), 9/11 and its aftermath, the 2003 blackout of the northeast, and the devastating hurricanes of 2006 and 2008, all have focused attention on the nation's infrastructure, reminding us how vulnerable these systems are and the diversity of threats they face.
The IC has shifted from a Cold War footing in response to the evolving threats facing the United States and its allies. The Community faces a wide range of intelligence and analytic challenges with many unknowns – both traditional and asymmetrical. In addition, the rate of change is more rapid than ever. This combination of factors generates new intelligence challenges; as a transformational leader in the IC has said, “How do we solve problems that we have not yet conceived of?” In other words, how can a large, multi-tiered, and compartmentalized enterprise like the IC act with speed and agility? Large bureaucracies, by their nature, are typically slow and laden with process.
This white paper focuses on opportunities for integration that may be achieved by modifying the Intelligence community (IC) planning, programming, and budgeting process, i.e., the process of budget formation with an eye toward stronger, integrated execution resulting in better collaboration across the Community. Today’s process does not easily accommodate efforts to integrate programs and activities across the IC, nor do they serve the goal of a more collaborative Community. The observations and recommendations included in this paper are pertinent both to the executive and legislative branches.