Intelligence Blog

IC Must Adapt to Innovation Era

April 15, 2021
By Maryann Lawlor
The U-2 Dragon Lady is a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft flown by the U.S. Air Force. Photo by Lockheed Martin

5G is going to change our communications a lot more than you think.

Hostile Nations, Environmental Developments Alter Threat Picture

April 13, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Sittipong Phokawattana/Shutterstock

Reports from the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence predict a variety of threats emerging from global changes and strife. However, the ultimate outcome is not set in stone.

IC Membership Is Proving Crucial for Space Force

April 6, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Maj. Gen. Leah Lauderback, USAF, sees the U.S. Space Force’s membership into the intelligence community as a key step for the year-old service.

The service will feed key space-related intelligence into the greater intelligence community—and have a seat at the table, leader says.

DIA Poised to Release Next MARS Program Product

March 30, 2021
By George I. Seffers
The Defense Intelligence Agency is prepared to release a new module for its Machine-assisted Analytic Rapid-repository System (MARS) that will automatically track foreign military forces. By HaseHoch2/Shutterstock, Van Hendrey manages the DIA's MARS program.

The Defense Intelligence Agency is preparing to release the Order of Battle module for its Machine-assisted Analytic Rapid-repository System (MARS).

Georgia Adds High School Coursework in Intelligence

March 18, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
This fall, high school students in Georgia will have the opportunity to study the intelligence field, thanks to a course added by the state’s Department of Education. Reportedly the first-of-its-kind in the nation, the class will give students a leg up in pursuing careers in intel, officials say. Credit: Shutterstock/Rawpixel, LaMesha Craft of the MASY Group and a professor at the National Intelligence University helped inform the Georgia high school intel course development and created reference material for teachers, including 30-pages of Teacher Notes published by the Georgia Department of Education and related video lectures to guide teachers through the basics of intelligence. Credit: Photo Courtesy of Dr. Craft

The first-of-its-kind curriculum will present foundational knowledge of intelligence and set the stage for a possible career in the field.

China Makes No Secret of Desire for World Dominance

March 2, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: FOTOGRIN/Shutterstock

China's aggressive moves toward world domination are plain to see, as is the oppression within that portends a future under Chinese control.

Intelligence Telework May Leave Digital Footprints

February 24, 2021
By George I. Seffers
U.S. intelligence community personnel may be more vulnerable while telecommuting during the pandemic, but so are U.S. adversaries, experts point out. Credit: enzozo/Shutterstock

“How do we know we’re not leaving digital breadcrumbs all over?” 

Special Forces Command Seeks Key Data Aggregation, Cyber Tools

February 17, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
With the advent of smart cities, the Chinese have become very adept at aggregating data to find U.S. special forces operating in the Far East, “as well as all the way back here at home,” warns Maj. Gen. John Brennan, USA, Commanding General, 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C., U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) guide their parachutes over a drop zone in near Stuttgart, Germany in 2015. The Special Forces Command is looking for key digital technologies to aid its operations across the globe. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Jason Johnston

Advanced data and cyber solutions are needed to support psychological operations and information warfare worldwide.

Army Research Aims at Broad MDO Achievements

February 16, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Soldiers observe an impact zone during an international exercise. The Army's PEO IEWS is developing innovative capabilities to improve battlespace-wide situational awareness as part of its effort for multidomain operations. Credit: U.S. Army photo

The U.S. Army’s PEO IEW&S is developing new technological capabilities that will operate collaboratively to achieve multidomain operations.

Open Source to Dominate Intelligence

February 12, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Panchenko Vladimir/Shutterstock

The growth in available data coupled with new information technologies is leading to an era in which open source intelligence becomes the basis for all others.

Cyberthreat’s Most Effective Attack Vector Is the Economy

February 2, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
China owes much of its economic growth to technologies purloined from the United States via cyber espionage. Credit: Sangoiri/Shutterstock

Economic espionage by China is a key element of the Middle Kingdom's thrust to overtake the United States as the preeminent global power.

FBI Considers Zero Trust Architecture

January 29, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The FBI is examining how zero trust architecture could apply to its cybersecurity measures. Credit: Shutterstock/Kristi Blokhin

Authorizing official weighs its application with existing FBI platforms.

Information Domain Competition Happens Locally

January 27, 2021
Competing in the information domain at the national level requires data at the hyper-localized level, says Ben Leo, CEO and co-founder of Faym. Credit: Liu zishan/Shutterstock

Fraym uses artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics and other tools to observe local events or trends that impact global affairs. 

Space Force Designated as Part of Intelligence Community

January 8, 2021
Posted by: George I. Seffers
The director of national intelligence announced today that the U.S. Space Force has been designated a part of the intelligence community. Credit: NicoElNino/Shutterstock

The Space Force element is the first new organization to join the intelligence community since 2006.

NGA Is Optimistic About its Radio Frequency Data Pilot Program

December 16, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s new pilot program to assess how radio frequency geospatial data and analytical solutions from the commercial sector is looking promising, the agency says. So far it is trying out HawkEye 360 LLC's global spectrum sensing platform to identify and map radio frequency emitters. Credit: HawkEye 360

The effort to consider commercial spectrum solutions for geospatial intelligence began in September.

Intelligence Inoculates Against Cyber Intruders

December 2, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network officials use threat intelligence to bolster the defense of the network against a surge of attacks during the pandemic. Source: Rafal Olechowski/Shutterstock

Open source and commercially available intelligence, along with the fusion of cyber and intelligence analysis, help protect DOD networks against a surge of attacks during the pandemic.

Quantum Computing Will Require Leap in Apps

November 16, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/ZinetroN

Quantum research continues unabated, but ultimately it may be applications that define the exotic technology.

Technologies, Virus Wreak Changes on Intelligence Analysis

October 2, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/oOhyperblaster

The new era in open-source data require innovative intelligence analysis and processing.

China’s Insecurity Masks Budding Superiority

September 22, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Ships of the U.S. Navy, the Indian Navy, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Republic of Philippine Navy transit through international waters in the South China Sea. Nations increasingly are working together in the face of Chinese aggression in the region. Credit: Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force

China may claim that its global supremacy is inevitable, but it still is plagued by insecurity and doubt.

The Intelligence Community Needs Diversity NOW

September 18, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
A panel of five intelligence community members related their own personal experiences as they discussed the need for diversity during the final session of the 2020 Intelligence and National Security Summit.

Diversity has assumed utmost importance societally. The same urgency applies to the intelligence community.