Category: Intelligence

Imagine That (NSA Revelations)

From ABC:     Americans by nearly a 2-1 ratio call the surveillance of telephone records an acceptable way for the federal government to investigate possible terrorist threats, expressing broad unconcern even if their own calling patterns are scrutinized. Lending…

Changing Strategies

Who here ever heard of DOCEX prior to the release of the West Point report? Prior to the IDA study? Prior to Steve Hayes writing about it throughout last year? That’s what I thought. You couldn’t hold a gun to…

DCIA Selection: Some Clarity

I’m obliged for a number of unrelated reasons to like many of the people behind the voices that are coming out against Gen Hayden for DCIA. I’m obliged to like them, but I’m not obliged to avoid criticizing them when…

Goss Departure

Not unexpected though I would have thought he had a few more months. He was never in it for the long term, so victory cries from the old guard are misplaced and premature. Contrary to popular belief; an appointment isn’t…

Testifying on Domestic Intel

Former DDI Gannon provides testimony to Congress about domestic intel issues. An important recommendation:     […] if the FBI is to remain the agency of choice in developing a domestic intelligence capability, it will need much stronger and clearer…

Barney with a Blue Badge

A very good report in USN&WR on how not to improve domestic intelligence. I will not quote extensively here because it deserves your full attention. The gist is that we’re pouring money down a black hole for dubious results. Not…

Pay for Performance

A good post at Secrecy News about changes in how intelligence officers are compensated. Perhaps it is because I can work like a fiend that I find the prospect of breaking free of the General Schedule so attractive. Knowing that…

Getting Wiki With It

Someone besides a General in Omaha talking about operating in the 21st Century: The intelligence community can learn from the behavior of ant colonies to improve information sharing — and it can use wikis and blogs, a CIA official said…

Briefing: IC Reform – Workforce

Analysis of the survey figures from the IC Human Capital Report quantify what most of us have known for a long time: the system is broke. Leadership is poor and untrustworthy, you might as well not have a first-line supervisor,…