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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.

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.