Intelligence Blog

Disinformation Is a Never-Ending Story

September 5, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Panelists discussing the effect of influence operations on the United States are (l-r) panel moderator Shane Harris of The Washington Post; Ronald Waltzman, The Rand Corporation; Joe Morosco, ODNI; and Fran Moore, Financial Systemic Analysis and Resilience Center. Photography by Herman Farrer

Nations are lining up to influence U.S. information through modern propaganda and disinformation activities. A public-private partnership will be necessary to mitigate effects, but roles remain undefined.

Technology Both Empowers and Undermines National Security

September 4, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
John Hamre (l), president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, speaks with John Rood, undersecretary of defense for policy, during a panel discussion moderated by Hamre at the 2018 Intelligence and National Security Summit. Photography by Herman Farrer.

A variety of adversaries are menacing the United States through technology innovation. That same approach may be the U.S. solution to their threat.

U.S. Intelligence Community Faces Four Major Challenges

September 4, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, describes the challenges facing the community at the Intelligence and National Security Summit. Photography by Herman Farrer

Economics, crime, terrorism and technology form the basis of four major challenges confronting the U.S. intelligence community. The world has become a more dangerous place.

A Cash Award for the Best Intelligence App

August 22, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman

The AFCEA EPIC APP Challenge seeks a solution to a pressing problem facing the intelligence community: anticipating events. But potential contestants have only until midnight, August 23, to enter for a $3,000 cash prize.

Social Media Helps Detect Nuclear Agreement Violations

July 23, 2018
Posted by George I. Seffers
Social media data could become integral to detecting violations of nuclear nonproliferation agreements. Researchers have developed a computation model that incorporates often incompatible sources of data, such as satellite imagery and Twitter posts that indicate when a violation has occurred. Credit: Geralt/Pixabay

A new computation model combines disparate and often incompatible data sets.

High Hopes for New Background Investigation System

June 6, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, pictured at DCOS, looks to the National Background Information System, which DISA built and will operate, to advance the country¹s efforts in federal background investigations. Credit: Mike Carpenter, Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, pictured with AFCEA President and CEO Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), at DCOS, looks to the National Background Information System to advance the country¹s efforts in federal background investigations. Credit: Mike Carpenter, DISA recently unveiled the new system it developed and will maintain for the government when performing background checks. Credit: Mike Carpenter

The new government-wide system, called NBIS, aims to greatly improve federal background investigations, says DISA’s Vice Adm. Norton.

Open-Source Vies for Dominant Role

April 3, 2018
Robert K. Ackerman
Former government intelligence officer Maureen A. Baginski believes open-source material, supplemented with classified data, should be the primary information around which analysts build knowledge.

The more intelligence changes, the more it needs changing.

All That's Old Is New Again

March 30, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
Charlie Allen, principal at The Chertoff Group, says the Intelligence Community must do a better job of anticipating abrupt discontinuities in adversaries' actions.

A combination of global instability, rising authoritarianism and democracies in retreat may lead to more dangerous situations than those faced during the Cold War.

Cyber + Kinetic Forces = Intensified Threats

March 26, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
Lewis Shepherd (l), executive consultant on advanced technologies at Deloitte, spoke with Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, about the rapid changes in technology at the AFCEA 2017 Spring Intelligence Symposium.

Malevolent uses for artificial intelligence combined with autonomous systems provide frightening new levels of capabilities to potential adversaries.

INSCOM Adding Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism Support

March 13, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Army Sgt. K.C. Pless applies camouflage paint before a multinational weapons training session with Danish troops in Estonia on March 10 in support of support Operation Atlantic Resolve. As the Army operates in an ever-changing world, the service’s military intelligence needs to provide a counter to the evolving threats. Army photo by Spc. Hubert D. Delany III, Like many entities, the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command is facing an ever-evolving threat environment as far as counterterrorism and counterintelligence, says Rick Wagner, president of ManTech’s Mission, Cyber and Intelligence Solutions group. ManTech recently won a contract award to support the command.

The intelligence command secures contractor insider threat resources, among other capabilities.

Fighting Chinese and Russian Technology

March 6, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, Army deputy chief of staff, G-2, speaks at the AFCEA Army Signal Conference.

We may not fight China or Russia, but we will fight their equipment and technology.

NATO's Unified Vision to Exercise ISR Interoperability

March 22, 2018
By George I. Seffers
A NATO AWACS takes off from Forward Operating Location Ørland in Norway during during a training exercise. This summer’s Unified Vision will allow NATO officials to assess a variety of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. Credit: Photo courtesy of NATO E-3A Component Public Affairs Office

The exercise will test the alliance’s efforts to improve joint capabilities.


Foreign Naval and Maritime Threat Insight

February 22, 2018
By Beverly Cooper
(Photography Shutterstock/Serp)

Office of Naval Intelligence experts meeting with industry to explain threat and find solutions.

Intelligence Community to Brief Election Officials

February 16, 2018
The intelligence community is schooling election officials on the risks of adversarial influence campaigns during elections. Credit: Shutterstock/Alexandru Nika

This uncommon step reflects the need to address influence campaigns against U.S. democracy.

IARPA Launches Satellite Imagery Program

February 13, 2018
Posted By George I. Seffers
NASA’s Terra spacecraft provides an image of Moscow. IARPA has launched a program intended to significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to build 3-D models of satellite imagery. Credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

CORE3D is intended to significantly reduce the time it takes to build 3-D models capturing the geometry and surface properties of objects on the Earth.

Mattis Outlines National Defense Strategy

February 1, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
As part of the U.S. National Defense Strategy, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is calling for investments in C4ISR to field capabilities that will “gain and exploit information, deny competitors those same advantages and enable us to provide attribution while defending against and holding accountable state or non-state actors during cyber attacks.”, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis warns of an increasingly complex security environment “defined by rapid technological change, and challenges from adversaries in every operating domain.” The U.S. military is facing adversaries around the globe, with a every domain now contested—air, land, sea, space and cyberspace.

With every domain contested, the U.S. military must be more lethal, resilient and innovative.

Is Big Data Up to the Military Challenge?

November 1, 2017
By Beverly Cooper
Tools that help the big data problem are one of the technologies most desired in the cyber realm, according to panelists at AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific., l-r: Maj Gen. Jeffrey A. Kruse, USAF; Capt. Dale C. Rielage, USN; Lt. Col. Ed Guevara, USAF; Col. Pete Don, USA; and Col. Matt Rau, USMC., Panelists at TechNet Asia-Pacific discuss big data and intelligence.

Today’s Internet of Things world saturates us with big data across all domains. We need a complete picture to enable decisions.

AFRL Miniaturizing Intelligence Pod

October 17, 2017
The AgilePod, the first physical system to be trademarked by the Air Force, is a multiintelligence pod. A new effort to develop a suite of platform-agnostic AgilePods in various sizes is currently in progress, teaming AFRL with industry partners. (U.S. Air Force photo/David Dixon)

The system is a multiintelligence, open architecture, flight-line reconfigurable pod designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. 

Security vs. Privacy: A Looming Showdown in Congress

September 7, 2017
By George I. Seffers
Panelists discuss section 702 Intelligence reauthorization during the Intelligence and National Security Summit.

Intelligence officials call for foreign data collection reauthorization.

States Affected by Election Hacking Don't Know What the Feds Know

September 7, 2017
By George I. Seffers
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks during the Intelligence and National Security Summit., Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) speaks during the Intelligence and National Security Summit.

Federal government officials cannot share information on Russian hacking because state officials lack the requisite clearances.