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Tech Bridges to Connect the Navy to Additional Innovation

September 5, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Col. James “Hondo” Geurts (center in necktie), USAF (Ret.), assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, explains the Department of the Navy's creation of so-called NavalX Tech Bridges, designed to bring in more innovation to the Navy and Marine Corps. U.S. Navy photo by Bobby Cummings.

The Department of the Navy creates new ways to collaborate with industry to harness advancements.

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.

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.

Competition Is the Name of the Game in Global Security

September 4, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Gen. Joseph Votel, USA (Ret.), former SOCOM and CENTCOM commander, discusses the challenges facing the intelligence community with Michele Flournoy, co-founder of WestExec Advisors, at the Intelligence & National Security Summitt 2019. Credit: Herman Farrer Photography

The intelligence community must ramp up across the breadth of its disciplines to compete with looming adversaries.

Booz Allen Hamilton is Supporting DIA's Directorate of Analysis

September 3, 2019

Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia, has been awarded a time and materials contract (HHM402-19-C-0058) with a ceiling of $89,993,973 to provide support services for the Defense Intelligence Agency's (DIA) Directorate of Analysis. Through this award, DIA will procure services for the production, dissemination and tracking of DIA's finished intelligence products, including the development and maintenance of applications and tools used to perform the mission. Work will be performed in the National Capital Region with an expected completion date of February 28, 2025.

President's Commentary: Intelligence Must Turn to a New Course

September 1, 2019
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

The intelligence community is in for major changes as it confronts new and emerging threats across the entire spectrum of operations.

Great Power Competition Defines Defense Intelligence

September 1, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
U.S. soldiers stand by for firing orders during exercise Agile Spirit 19 near Tbilisi, Georgia. A global threat picture vastly different from the one during the war on terrorism has compelled the Defense Intelligence Agency to revamp its technology base to serve greater levels of decision makers and warfighters.  U.S. Army photo

The new threat picture has signaled the time for defense intelligence to come together in an unprecedented common operating picture.

AFCEA Volunteers Present Year-End Academic Awards

September 1, 2019

Every year AFCEA recognizes outstanding military students with honor and research awards, and AFCEA members travel to universities all over the country to present them in person.

Science Wizards Work Magic at CIA

September 1, 2019
By George I. Seffers
The CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology’s claim to fame is its ability to combine technologies and capabilities across disciplines in ways that others cannot imagine and that make technology seem magical, says Dawn Meyerriecks, who leads the directorate. Pan Andrii and Titima Ongkantong/Shutterstock, edited by Chris D’Elia

If Hollywood were to create a movie about CIA human intelligence gathering, it would need to be more Mission Impossible than James Bond.

Scientists Race Toward DNA-Based Data Storage

September 1, 2019
By George I. Seffers
The National Science Foundation is tackling an array of challenges associated with integrating DNA and silicon chips to advance the science of DNA-based data storage. New technologies are needed to handle the massive amounts of worldwide data generated each year.  microstock3D/Shutterstock

If the pursuit of DNA-based data storage is a race, it is probably more of a long, arduous, challenge-laden Tough Mudder than a quick, straightforward 50-yard dash.

Mastering Microbes for Army Solutions

September 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Synthetic biology is a top priority for the Army as well as the Defense Department, says Bryn Adams, research biologist, Army Research Laboratory.  ARL

Microorganisms may be a key element in supporting the needs of future soldiers.

The NGA's Emerging Tradecraft

September 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is working to use traditional tools, such as geographic information systems, in new ways to provide geospatial intelligence to the Defense Department and the intelligence community.  Shutterstock/Ammit Jack

Threats to the United States from across the world are more frequent and persistent, and the NGA has had to change some aspects of its tradecraft.

Disruptive by Design: The Realities and Challenges of Legislating Deepfakes

September 1, 2019
By Jennifer Miller

Deepfakes are a recent disruptive development in the technology world, and both the House and Senate are investigating the phenomena and have introduced bills to combat these potentially dangerous creations.

The Department of Homeland Security's Newest Agency Outlines Its Future

August 27, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The one-year old Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security is coordinating the protection of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Credit: Shutterstock/Imfoto

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency presents its strategic plan to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure.

Sensors Signal Flooding Dangers

August 27, 2019
Posted by Maryann Lawlor
Sensors like those the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and Intellisense Systems are developing can help give residents ample notice to evacuate before water levels such as those experienced on the Arkansas River in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, earlier this year. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Deployable flood inundation sensors based on the Internet of Things are being developed to monitor flood-prone areas in real time to rapidly detect them and alert officials, industry and citizens to potential threats.

Intelligence Consolidation Looms for the U.S. Military

August 26, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Members of the Air Force Research lab work on a new enhanced reporting, narrative event streaming tool built in cooperation with business and academia. The tool is aimed at streamlining tasks performed by intelligence analysts, which will be essential for future intelligence processes. Photo by Wesley Farnsworth

U.S. intelligence must integrate its assets and procedures to address the challenges of new technologies and malevolent potential adversaries, says the former head of Army intelligence.

The S&T of Multidomain Operations

August 23, 2019
By George I. Seffers
C5ISR Center computer scientist Zach Kjellberg tests position, navigation and timing (PNT) system at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. The center is developing new PNT technologies in support of Army modernization efforts. Credit: Dan Lafontaine, CCDC C5ISR Center PAO

The Army’s modernization efforts begin with science and technology.

Army Enters Cyber and Electronic Warfare Renaissance

August 23, 2019
By George I. Seffers
The Multi-Function Electronic Warfare-Air Large program will integrate an offensive electronic warfare pod onto an MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system. It, along with two other programs, offers the Army an opportunity for interoperability. Credit: U.S. Army

The U.S. Army is enjoying a renaissance period for cyber and EW technologies and has a chance to lay a foundation of interoperability in cyber systems.

The Air Force Sets Its Scope on Information Warfare

August 23, 2019
Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force is standing up a new Information Warfare Numbered Air Force this fall, which will help support the service and the U.S. Combatant Commands, says Gen. Mike Holmes, USAF, commander, Air Combat Command, at an Air Force Association event on August 23.

The service’s integration of cyber, electronic warfare and intelligence into the Air Combat Command forges ahead.

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