Intelligence Blog

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, Gen. Joseph Votel, USA (Ret.), former Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and Central Command (CENTCOM) commander, speaks at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence & National Security Summit. Credit: Herman Farrer Photography

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

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.

DIA Aims for MARS as its Moon Shot

August 15, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley Jr., USA, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) director, describes how the agency’s new Machine-assisted Analytic Rapid-repository System, or MARS, will change the way intelligence data is processed and accessed.

The director of the DIA describes how his organization is bringing together stovepiped intelligence into a single entity known as the Machine-assisted Analytic Rapid-repository System, or MARS.

AI Offers Intelligence Pitfalls as Well as Advantages

August 13, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Segey Cherviakov/Shutterstock

The intelligence community is counting on AI to carry out its mission in the coming years, but the still-evolving technology offers many potential hazards that could cause more harm than good.

NSA Promises Improved Partnerships in Cybersecurity Directorate

July 24, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
The National Security Agency (NSA) has created a new Cybersecurity Directorate to improve cyber partnerships and increase intelligence coordination.

The NSA is increasing partnerships and coordinating foreign intelligence information in its upcoming Cybersecurity Directorate.

CIA Remains Tied to the Industry

July 3, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Thousands of British and French troops wait on the dunes of Dunkirk Beach, France, for transport to England during World War II, between May 26 and June 4, 1940. The Central Intelligence Agency cites the military evacuation of Dunkirk as the time its predecessor agency started depending on the private sector for key strategic intelligence. Credit: Shutterstock/Everett Historical,  Historian from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) stresses the importance of its partnership with the private sector. Credit: Photo of the agency's original headquarters building in McLean, Virginia, courtesy of the CIA.

The intelligence agency continues to turn to the private sector for help solving complex problems.

NGA Tabs 10 MagQuest Winners

July 2, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has selected 10 innovative projects to help the agency measure the Earth’s magnetic field as part of its MagQuest competition. Credit: Shutterstock/Andrey VP

The Earth's magnetic field may have nothing to hide if 10 National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency innovation awards bear fruit.

Sea Service Pivots to Protect Against Great Powers

June 5, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
U.S. Navy sailors collaborate with Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific’s RESTORE Lab to explore how three-dimensional scanning and printing can deliver an effective and reliable solution to repair critical warfighting equipment. U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. John P Fagan /Released, While assigned to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Reserve Program, Electronics Technician 1st Class Robert Hart, USNR, supports Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific engineers. The program leverages education, corporate knowledge and military experience and applies those skills to the challenges the fleet is facing with respect to complex command, control, communications, computer and intelligence systems. Courtesy Photo

Today’s threats demand different capabilities, including delivering data directly to all ships at sea no matter the environmental or combat conditions.

ODNI Seeks Industry Innovation

May 24, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats discusses national security issues with other leaders during a visit to The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. The intelligence community is seeking advancing capabilities to help strengthen national security. Credit: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

The intelligence agency is looking for industry to present capabilities to enhance national security.

Taking a Byte Out of Cyber Crime

May 7, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The FBI’s Cyber Division is strengthening its investigative capabilities to battle more and more digital-based crimes from global adversaries, says Amy Hess, executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. Credit: Atlantic Council/Image Link

Cyber-related attacks are becoming a greater part of the FBI’s portfolio, leader says.

NSA Releases the Dragon

April 8, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
The Ghidra tool suite examines compiled code using disassembly, decompilation and graphing.

The National Security Agency is now sharing the source code of Ghidra, its reverse engineering tool for cybersecurity.

NGA Offers Geomagnetic Data Collection Contest

March 21, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has launched MagQuest, a $1.2 million global open innovation challenge, seeking advanced approaches to geomagnetic data collection. Credit: Shutterstock/Siberian Art

The intel mapping agency hopes that the challenge, now open through May 16, will spur innovation.

U.S. Marshals CIO Stresses Mobile Platforms, Other Advancements

March 6, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Marshals Service, the nation’s first federal law enforcement agency, works to protect the judicial process, apprehend fugitives and transport federal prisoners, and needs advanced digital technologies that can keep up, says CIO Karl Mathias. Credit: AFCEA NOVA

The federal agency is looking to digital capabilities that help aid the capture of fugitives and transport of prisoners.

Intel Community CIO calls for Urgency

March 5, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Intelligence community (IC) leaders, led by Dan Coats, director of National Intelligence, testify before the U.S. Senate as to the growing threats the country is facing from non-state and state actors. The IC’s CIO, John Sherman, is calling for urgency in developing U.S. capabilities, so the country will not be surpassed by adversaries' use of cyber, artificial intelligence and other technologies. Credit: ODNI

U.S. adversaries are quickly developing cyber-related technologies, at the same time that they are pursuing conventional arms and space capabilities.

Intelligence Strategy Outlines Measures for a Complex Threat Environment

January 31, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, pictured at a recent White House briefing, is calling for the intelligence community to "do things differently,” given the severe threats and complex adversarial environment the United States is facing.  Photo courtesy of ODNI

To combat adversaries’ threats, the intelligence community needs to sharpen its actions, ODNI report states.

Dan Coats: U.S. Faces Toxic Mix of Threats

January 29, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, released today the intelligence community’s annual threat assessment, which lists cyber, artificial intelligence and weapons of mass destruction as some of the top technological threats. Credit: geralt/Pixabay

Cyber, artificial intelligence and nuclear, chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction top the intelligence community's technological threat list.

IARPA Issues Two Technology Challenges

January 9, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
IARPA announced today two new technology challenges related to credibility assessment and automated video surveillance. Credit: TheDigitalArtist/Pixabay

IARPA announces two new technology challenges: one for measuring the performance of credibility assessment tools, another for automated video monitoring.

IARPA Interested in Deep Learning, Portable Cooling

January 9, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
IARPA has issued two requests for information, one for classified deep learning and machine learning research and another for novel cooling solutions for portable devices. Credit: geralt/Pixabay

IARPA has released two RFIs: one for classified machine learning and deep learning research and another for innovative cooling technologies for portable devices such as cellphones.

An EPIC Ending to Intelligence App Challenge

September 19, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Jim Cannaliato of Engineering Solutions Inc. (l) receives a $3,000 check for his company’s winning entry in the EPIC App challenge. Presenting the check is AFCEA Intelligence Committee member Joe Schmank of Microsoft Azure Government Cloud.

A challenge to develop an app to help the intelligence community tap open-source information ultimately led to software featuring a neural network approach to predict social unrest.

Russia Looms as Major Threat, Say Service Intelligence Chiefs

September 5, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
A row of service intelligence chiefs describes today's threats and needed solutions in a panel chaired by (far l) Vice Adm. Jake Jacoby, USN (Ret.). The panelists are (l-r) Vice Adm. Matthew Kohler, USN; Brig. Gen. Dmitri Henry, USMC; Rear Adm. Robert Hayes, USCG;Lt. Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, USAF; and Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, USA. Photography by Herman Farrer

China is on the rise, but Russia is building an efficient military to challenge the United States worldwide, say U.S. service intelligence chiefs.