Russian agents, acting on direct orders from President Vladimir Putin, ran an organized media campaign to discredit Secretary Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to a declassified U.S. intelligence community report. However, the effort stopped short of directly affecting vote tallies.
Right at this moment, hundreds of U.S. government analysts are trying to solve the exact same problem. Without easy, trusted data sharing, these analysts, who the nation relies on to solve the most challenging of worries, cannot benefit from shared knowledge—a hurdle that adds to inefficiencies fostered by redundancies, reinforcing the public’s perception of ineffective federal bureaucracy.
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, or IARPA, has selected its winners from its crowd-sourced Multi-View Stereo 3-D Mapping Challenge—a contest to see who could best convert satellite photos into 3-D models to create more accurate maps.
European governments are contending with the challenges of penetrable borders, an influx of refugees and the radicalization of some of its youth, complicating intelligence efforts to combat terror, said Michael Leiter, chief operations officer at Leidos, at the third annual Intelligence & National Security Summit in Washington, D.C.
The world of intelligence sharing has gone from on a need-to-know basis between federal agencies to one in which those key players must, by necessity, combine disparate pieces of intel to ascertain a complete picture of potential threats. Though actions by the government following the terrorist attacks 15 years ago make intel sharing easier, a class of technologies that greatly enhanced the government’s ability to accomplish this already existed: cross domain solutions.
The United States Navy has tested and deployed the RQ-20B Puma small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) aboard a Flight I Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG Class), according to an AeroVironment Inc. announcement. Some of these exercises included the use of the company’s fully autonomous system to recover the aircraft aboard a ship.
To meet the needs of the nation’s combatant commands and National Command Authority, government and industry must evolve the current intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, sensors and ground systems into a truly global ISR enterprise. An incremental approach must be combined with overarching actions to migrate to common ISR information technology infrastructures, orchestrated toward the larger goal of an integrated ISR enterprise.
The U.S. Air Force and industry partners are developing a unique phased array for high-throughput ISR services for X-band satellite services. During a recent display at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, Ball Aerospace and XTAR demonstrated that Ball’s Airlink X-1 antenna configured for the C-130 hatch was able to transmit 4.5 megabits of data per second over the XTAR-LANT satellite, a marked throughput increase over existing terminals.
IARPA has launched its Multi-View Stereo 3D Mapping Challenge, inviting the broader research community of industry and academia, with or without experience in multiview satellite imagery, to participate in a competition to produce a solution to accurately produce 3-D mapping from satellite photos.
Europe is asleep at the wheel and needs an awakening before it crashes, warned Lt. Gen. Riho Terras, commander of Estonian Defense Forces. The reactionary nature of the continent’s militaries has caught leaders unawares far too many times already, and forces no longer can afford to leave proactive measures to someone else, Gen. Terras shared at of NITEC 2016.
People subjected to the U.S. government clearance process cannot be forced to give up their private social media information, according to a new directive issued by the director of national intelligence.
The majority of federal, state and local governments continue to pour manpower and operations and maintenance money into “high maintenance” legacy and often proprietary architectures, rather than thoughtfully and pragmatically transitioning to next generation IT infrastructure and software.
A group of University of Maryland researchers has developed an algorithm that can not only detect a face, but also simultaneously determine the gender and pose, and extract fiducial, or reference, points.
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 releases one broad agency announcement and three requests for information and announces an upcoming Odin Proposers' Day.
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.
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.
A movement whose time may have come cannot depend on early successes. Yet, only long-term resolve will banish it from the terror arena.
It takes more for women to succeed in the high-technology world than merely playing within the established system.