Intelligence Blog

The IC Assesses Putin's Costly War

March 11, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
Director Avril Haines, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, testifies before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence March 10, warning that despite setbacks, Russia may try to escalate its war in Ukraine.

Intelligence community leader offers perspective on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

No Easy Out for Russians in Ukraine

March 10, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
A Ukrainian tank operator peers out from his T-64 near Kharkiv. Russia has sorely underestimated Ukraine's resistance to its invasion, leaving President Vladimir Putin with little to no options for closing out the war. Credit: Seneline/Shutterstock

Russia has bitten off more than it can chew with its invasion of Ukraine, says a former U.S. attache to the embassy in Moscow.

Information Technology Priorities Shift for Geospatial Intelligence

February 24, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
Airmen quickly remove the final pins from a U-2 Dragonlady before a flight, Oct. 4. The U-2 is the primary source of high altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Agency technology leader identifies the need to employ some “uncomfortable” practices not common in the intelligence community.

New Architectures Help Make Databases Smarter

November 9, 2021
One of the challenges the DoD and intelligence communities face is making sense of the massive amounts of data they collect that are often in many formats and databases. Credit: Shutterstock

New types of architectures like Smart Data Fabrics help agencies make better use of the data they gather by breaking down silos and using smart tools to structure the information.

Team PhishRSS Wins AFCEA’s EPIC Annual App Challenge

October 19, 2021
By Sandra Jontz
TRSS colleagues formed Team PhishRSS to enter this year’s AFCEA EPIC App Challenge, creating an app that adds an element of security to social media privacy settings to win the $5,000 first place prize. Pictured from left: Hannah Lensing, Zach Seid, Zachary Drake, Chris Smith and William Garcia.

From paying the bills to streaming a favorite show, connecting with friends, ordering dinner and now enhancing social media privacy settings—there's an app for that.

IARPA Strives for Innovative Portable Power Sources

October 7, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
U.S. Army soldiers launch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for surveillance and reconnaissance in Germany. Research by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) aims to provide UAVs, along with various small handheld devices, with power sources providing twice the energy and 10 times the shelf life of conventional batteries in extreme environments. Credit: U.S. Army photo

Longer-lasting batteries and innovative handheld power sources are just part of IARPA's RESILIENCE program for powering intelligence devices.

Evolving Domestic and International Terrorism Threats

September 14, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Panelists discuss strategic intelligence at the 2021 Intelligence and National Security Summit. Photo by Herman Farrer

U.S. intelligence leaders sharpen their focus on the challenging environment.

Tighter Defense Supply Chain Control Doesn’t Mean Exclusive Domestic Production

September 14, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Ellen Lord (l), former undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, discusses the vulnerability of the supply chain with Christine Michienzi, chief technology officer for the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy, at the Intelligence and National Security Summit. Photo by Herman Farrer

The defense supply chain is vulnerable, but planners need not move production entirely back to the United States.

Change Headlines Military’s Intelligence Needs

September 13, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Military intelligence leaders from all the services discuss their services' needs at the 2021 Intelligence and National Security Summit. Photo by Herman Farrer

"Everything must change" could be the mantra for military intelligence, according to high-ranking service officials.

Five Thrusts Define U.S. Intelligence Strategy

September 13, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines speaks by video to the live audience at the opening luncheon of the 2021 Intelligence and National Security Summit. Photo by Herman Farrer

The new director of national intelligence outlines five key areas for maintaining effective U.S. intelligence.

DIA to Release Threat-Based Strategy Very Soon

July 29, 2021
By George I. Seffers
A new threat-based strategy and a reorganization at the Defense Intelligence Agency will help the agency more effectively share intelligence on competing countries such as China and Russia. Credit: helloRuby/Shutterstock

The changes will help to operationalize the intelligence provided by DIA analysts, allowing them to offer options for acting on the intelligence they provide.

China’s Growing Threat to Taiwan and the World

July 13, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
A view of Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city, extends over the horizon. Military action by China against Taiwan may “only be a matter of time, and not a matter of ‘if,’” warns Rear Adm. Michael Studeman, USN, the intelligence leader, or J-2, of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. Credit: Shutterstock/SkyImages

Military intelligence looks at the timing of China’s actions.

Rapid, Resilient and Reliable Are GEOINT’s Three Rs for 2035

July 12, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
A Minotaur 1 rocket blasts off from Wallops Island carrying the National Reconnaissance Office NROL-111 payload into orbit. The new CONOPS from the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) calls for an integrated geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) operating environment featuring GEOINT superiority from space. Credit: NRO

A new CONOPS issued by the National System for Geospatial Intelligence calls for major changes to meet the challenges of the year 2035.

Naval Intelligence Does a Deep Dive on Capabilities

June 29, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
The USS Colorado makes its way to its base at New London, Connecticut. The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) is increasing its efforts to uncover adversary submersible capabilities and help build better U.S. Navy submarines. Credit: John Narewski

The Office of Naval Intelligence is focusing its information gathering underwater as it probes adversaries' subsurface innovations.

The Intelligence Community’s University: NIU Transitions to the ODNI

June 17, 2021
By Sandra Jontz
J. Scott Cameron, president of the National Intelligence University, eagerly awaits the final steps this weekend that will mark years of work and preparation as the university officially transitions from the Defense Intelligence Agency to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  Photo courtesy of National Intelligence University

On Sunday, the National Intelligence University transitions to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, culminating years of preparation. 

JADC2 Begins With Intelligence

May 27, 2021
By George I. Seffers
The U.S. Defense Department's shift from network centricity to data centricity is a bona fide paradigm shift, according to a panel of experts. Credit: SergeyBitos/Shutterstock

Data centricity may change everything.

U.S. Intelligence Community Needs a Makeover

May 26, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
U.S. warfighters in future conflicts may not have the intelligence support they need unless the intelligence environment undergoes a restructuring to face large peer rivals. Credit: Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock

The intelligence community did well against Middle Eastern extremists, but it may be a different story in a conflict against a major power.

ODNI Official Touts Three IARPA Programs

May 26, 2021
By George I. Seffers
An IARPA project may one day allow whole-body biometric identification from long range, such as from unmanned aerial vehicles. Credit: Oleg Yarko/Shutterstock

Emerging technology is more benefit than threat.

Space Force Prepares to Launch National Space Intelligence Center

April 27, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood

The new center will provide “foundational” space-related intelligence.

China Poses Serious Threat in Outer Space and Cyberspace

April 15, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: William Potter/Shutterstock

U.S. intelligence chiefs warn of growing threat by China as it accelerates its drive to global supremacy.