As many as four factors may determine the degree of interoperability achieved in an ad hoc international coalition, according to the commanding general of the U.S. Army, Pacific. Speaking at the opening breakfast at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014, being held December 9-11 in Honolulu, Gen. Vincent Brooks, USA, outlined what he described as the four facets of interoperability.
U.S. forces in the Asia-Pacific region are faced with the daunting challenge of upgrading their technologies at the risk of losing interoperability with small but vital potential coalition allies. Potential adversaries are closing the military technology gap with the United States, so the nation must push ahead with efforts to maintain a cutting-edge technology advantage over countries that might challenge the United States and its allies.
SIGNAL's real-time reporting will begin with the opening remarks by Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, USA, December 9, and will continue throughout the conference. Bookmark the event coverage site and check back frequently for new content.
The U.S. Air Force intelligence architecture is a global network that ties together all of its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), according to a high-ranking Air Force official. With the coming introduction of the F-35, it will be adding even more sensor data to the network as the aircraft serves as an ISR node.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has transformed into an organization with intelligence as its core of operations, according to its director. This approach strengthens the bureau’s traditional activities of crime solving, and it enhances its work protecting the country against enemies within its borders.
In a closing plenary speech, FBI Director James Comey described these activities at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit 2014, held September 18-19 in Washington, D.C. Comey explained that the bureau built on reforms begun by his predecessor, and they give the FBI increased strength in all its operations.
The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) views cyberspace as one of the bureau’s top priorities across its entire mission set. Not only is economic national security threatened from cyberspace, it also may hold clues to deterring and preventing crimes—if the bureau can exploit it effectively.
“Cyber touches everything I’m responsible for,” said FBI director James Comey. “It’s not a thing, it’s a way.” Comey described the important of cyberspace at the final plenary session of the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit 2014, held September 18-19 in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Navy is launching some new initiatives to improve its intelligence capabilities while it takes on new missions amid force cutbacks. The sea service also is planning to make greater use of other service intelligence capabilities and products.
B. Lynn Wright, deputy director of naval intelligence, Headquarters, U.S. Navy, explained some of these naval intelligence activities to the audience at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit 2014, held September 18-19 in Washington, D.C. Wright noted the importance of intelligence to the Navy as it deals with new missions.
Many of the lines that have defined defense intelligence are blurring to the point where divisions may actually disappear. These distinctions range from areas of operation to types of intelligence products, and this trend offers profound implications for the future of intelligence.
Rear Adm. Paul Becker, USN, director for intelligence (J-2), the Joint Staff, described these changes redefining defense intelligence at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit 2014, held September 18-19 in Washington, D.C. Adm. Becker stated that the linkage between domestic intelligence and foreign intelligence is withering.
U.S. Army intelligence is increasing its reach throughout the battlespace as it exploits new capabilities in support of its operations. New technologies and an increased focus on intelligence activities are the hallmark of the ground service’s new approach to intelligence.
The U.S. Coast Guard is adopting new technologies and capabilities that it hopes will provide it with needed intelligence while also being complementary to that of other intelligence organizations. The service is uniquely positioned to act both locally and globally to support U.S. intelligence needs, and it aims to be able to interoperate with foreign partners.
The U.S. Marine Corps is leveraging its expertise in tactical intelligence to interoperate with the other services in generating an overall intelligence picture. New Marine forces and platforms will be contributing to this new joint product.
“The Marine Corps is very much a joint player in the intelligence arena—we have to be,” declared Brig. Gen. Michael Groen, USMC, director of intelligence, U.S. Marine Corps. Speaking at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit 2014, held September 18-19 in Washington, D.C., Gen. Groen explained that the Corps always has had a focus on tactical collectors, and it is brining that to the battlespace.
Factors ranging from weapons of mass destruction proliferation to nanotechnology advances are driving the development of new technologies to serve the U.S. intelligence community. Necessity and opportunity are well represented among items listed by agency technologists at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit 2014, held September 18-19 in Washington, D.C.
Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense is high on the list, according to David Honey, director for science and technology, Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Its proliferation is a challenge, as many countries and groups are willing to add to that proliferation.
The U.S. Defense Department is developing new strategic approaches to deal with new threats that have novel aspects, and these approaches are being reflected in defense intelligence capabilities. These capability changes will need to take place concurrent with ongoing operations to address these challenges, according to a high-ranking Defense Department official.
Among the many perils faced by the United States, space and cyberspace pose some of the greatest challenges. And, there is no public wave of awareness or demand for action looming on the horizon, to the detriment of the nation.
Intelligence community oversight is a necessary function of government that has increased in importance in recent years. However, the characteristics that define intelligence have made oversight more difficult.
Both that need and its difficulty were the focus of a panel on the second day of the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit 2014, being held September 18-19 in Washington, D.C. Government experts and advocates for civilian privacy discussed the still-elusive balance between transparency and effectiveness.
Government is targeting intelligence technology research to maximize its return while relying on industry to provide complementary development, according to a group of government intelligence technologists. This approach aims to address budget constraints amid increased investments by other nations.
Some of the community’s research practices were outlined by a panel at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit 2014, being held September 18-19 in Washington, D.C. Peter Highnam, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), noted that IARPA does not fund basic research. Instead, it builds on the research done by industry.
The National Security Agency (NSA) is focusing inward and externally as it adopts a new approach to technology policy. This effort ranges from seeking outside partners in technology development to conducting an internal audit to uncover weak points that might bring down the agency.
The United States has far better oversight and transparency about its intelligence operations than do many of the nations criticizing it, according to the two leading congressmen in the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI), committee chairman, and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), ranking member of the committee, related this observation after meeting with members of several allied nations about U.S. intelligence community activities.
The Internet of Things promises to change everyday life—and intelligence operations—but it remains far from reality, according to government and industry experts. Aspects ranging from security to architectures remain to be determined as changing technologies alter outlooks.
Intelligence community leaders who strive for greater transparency are vexed by leaks that undermine secrecy concerns. Yet, news reporters complain of stifling government security and seek to establish their own transparency through news leaks by government officials.