Intelligence Blog

ODNI Says Classic Russian Influence Campaign Targeted U.S. Presidential Election

January 6, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman

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.

Taking Advantage of Machine Learning to Securely Share Data

December 9, 2016
By Rob Morrow

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.

IARPA Announces Winners of its 3-D Mapping Challenge

December 1, 2016
By Sandra Jontz

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.


Face of Terrorism Has a New, Frightening Look, INSS Panel Expresses

September 7, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Panelists discuss the new face of terrorism during the 3rd annual INSS in Washington, D.C. this week.

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.

Marking a Decade of Safeguarding the World

August 23, 2016
By Ed Hammersla

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.  

U.S. Navy Tests Puma Unmanned System Aboard Missile Destroyer

August 11, 2016
By George I. Seffers

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.


DOD Can Harness Industry ISR Technology to Modernize Frameworks

August 5, 2016
By Ralph Wade
A U.S. Air Force target system analyst assigned to the 15th Intelligence Squadron, 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, 363rd ISR Wing provides training using a simulated satellite constellation at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

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. 

U.S. Air Force, Industry Demonstrate Improved Satellite Services for ISR

July 27, 2016

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 Launches its Multi-View Stereo 3D Mapping Challenge

July 6, 2016

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.

NATO Needs a Wake Up Call, Estonian General Shares at NITEC 2016

June 7, 2016
by Sandra Jontz
Lt. Gen. Riho Terras, commander of Estonian Defense Forces, warns that Europe is too reactionary to world events while speaking at the NITEC 2016 cyber conference in Tallinn, Estonia. Photo by Marcos Fernandez Marin, NCI Agency

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. 

Counterterrorism Organization Evaluates Tether Eye UAS

May 23, 2016
The AeroVironment Tether Eye UAS is being evaluated for the counterterrorism mission.

AeroVironment Inc. has announced the U.S. Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) is evaluating the company’s new tethered unmanned aircraft system, named Tether Eye, for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and security applications.

Vast Social Media Data Not Fair Game for Intelligence

May 13, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

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.

Harnessing the Power of Open Data and Today’s Analytics

April 29, 2016
By Terry Roberts

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.

IARPA-Funded Project Advances Biometrics Intelligence

April 29, 2016

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.

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.