Intelligence Blog

Reverse Engineering the Human Brain

April 5, 2016
An IARPA program will study the human brain in an effort to make machines smarter.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has awarded an $18.7 million contract to the Allen Institute for Brain Science to create the largest-ever road map to understand how the function of networks in the brain’s cortex relates to the underlying connections of its individual neurons.

IARPA Reveals Opportunities

February 22, 2016
By George I. Seffers

IARPA releases one broad agency announcement and three requests for information and announces an upcoming Odin Proposers' Day.

Weak Intelligence Capabilities Hinder Afghan Mission

January 28, 2016
By Shawn Snow
An A-29 Super Tucano drops a bomb.

Afghanistan’s intelligence forces need a complete overhaul, which means a greater role by U.S. and NATO personnel. If Afghanistan wants to gain the upper hand in the coming fighting seasons, it needs its own robust targeting and collection capabilities against insurgent leaders on the battlefield.

U.S. Intelligence and Presidential Transition: Time for Change?

January 22, 2016
By Bill Nolte

The last major change in the intelligence community came in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Our adversaries have evolved, and now may be the time to adopt a new intelligence approach similar to the military's total force concept.

ISIS Won’t Be 'Defeated,' But It Can't Win

December 14, 2015
By Bill Nolte

A movement whose time may have come cannot depend on early successes. Yet, only long-term resolve will banish it from the terror arena.

Why Aren't Women Entering the Cybersecurity and Risk Management Arena En Masse?

December 1, 2015
By Terry Roberts

It takes more for women to succeed in the high-technology world than merely playing within the established system.

Not Another INT—If We're Lucky

November 5, 2015
By Bill Nolte
Courtesy National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Leaders must start asking hard questions to extrapolate complicated solutions to phenomenon that increasingly influences, if not yet dominates, our lives. How does the intelligence community begin to make sense of the overwhelming need to safeguard the cyberspace? 

The ODNI Cyber Threat Assessment Is a Driver for a Cyber Deterrence Framework

October 1, 2015
By Terry Roberts

Establishing a cyber deterrence framework will require discussion and debate, but the basis for beginning exists in recent ODNI testimony.

Bureaucracy Is the Glob That Fails

September 23, 2015
By Bill Nolte

The government needs an organizational brush fire that clears away dead wood and allows new growth in these dynamic times.

Four Teams Win IARPA's ASpIRE Challenge

September 11, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

Four teams will share a grand prize of $110,000 for their work on the speech recognition challenge Automatic Speech Recognition in Reverberant Environments, or ASpIRE.

Would Innovation By Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?

September 2, 2015
By Jason Thomas

Mobile tools and other emerging technologies play such vital roles in shaping how people live today, and cut across from the private sector into government operations, including the intelligence and national security communities. But in the quest to leverage such developments, can the efforts really be called "innovation?" guest blogger Jason Thomas asks. He has another word for it.

Resetting the Balance in Public-Private Partnerships

August 24, 2015
By Bill Nolte

The public-private partnership is stumbling because technology leadership has shifted from government to the private sector. Both sides must adjust for that change for these partnerships to succeed.

Mitigating OPM Breach's Damage to National Security: The Potential of Big Data

August 6, 2015
By Bryan Ware

The cyber breach at OPM pilfered the personal information of millions of U.S. federal workers, putting them at risk and highlighting a number of security shortcomings within the federal government. But the true magnitude of the attack has yet to be realized, much less revealed.

DNI Clapper Names New IARPA Director

August 3, 2015
By George I. Seffers

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper announced today that he has selected Jason Matheny to be the next director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), effective immediately.

Maybe It Is All About Cyber Education and Training

July 29, 2015
By Terry Roberts

Cyber training must include helping build high-level leaders who can pave the way into the cybersecurity future.

Two Events, Many Questions

July 21, 2015
By Bill Nolte
Chattanooga residents create makeshift memorials to honor and remember the victims killed by a gunman. The event raises questions about the public's view on intelligence services., Officials meet to discuss the Iranian nuclear accord. The agreement raises many questions about what intelligence is capable of doing.

Two headline dominating events—the Iranian nuclear accord and the Chattanooga shootings—have significant implications for the public debate about U.S. intelligence.

'Delete' Seems to be the Hardest Word

July 17, 2015
By Justin Marston

Is it possible to reliably delete data from commercial mobile devices? Guest blogger Justin Marston delves into the quandary that makes it difficult for the intelligence community to turn to the private sector for some of its communications needs. 

Intel Community to Tackle State of Cybersecurity at Fall Summit

July 15, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

Cyber intelligence is the emerging buzz term as the United States works to fend off not just attacks by criminals and nation-state hackers, but terrorists calling for an electronic jihad. The state of cybersecurity isn't as good as experts hoped, given years of initiatives and billions of dollars invested in shoring up vulnerabilities.

Where to Focus First After the OPM Breach

June 29, 2015
By Terry Roberts

The OPM breach should serve as a wake-up call for the government to take specific measures to protect its most valuable assets—its people and their information.

Enduring Traditions or Sacred Cows?

June 23, 2015
By Bill Nolte

The intelligence community needs to change with the times—nothing unusual about that. But, what does it hold onto and where does it let go? The process for determining these choices is as important as its consequences.