Category: Intelligence

DIA: getting it

Scooped by Shloky: The U.S. Department of Defense’s lead intelligence agency is using wikis, blogs, RSS feeds and enterprise “mashups” to help its analysts collaborate better when sifting through data used to support military operations. The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)…

Premature

Former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) analyst Ronald Montaperto, convicted last year on espionage-related charges that involved passing secrets to China, is scheduled to get out of federal prison Sunday. Prosecutors say he will be barred from meeting any Chinese intelligence…

War: easy when you always win

From Inside the Army (subscription required): The top civilian and uniformed leaders of the Army told a House committee last week that recent war games have proved the effectiveness of the Future Combat System as a counterinsurgency tool, and pushed…

Fresh Start

DNI McConnell starts his second full day on the job today, and the former intelligence experts interviewed in the Baltimore Sun say that he must “restore faith, unite agencies.” I agree on both points, though I’d like to respectfully suggest…

Codifying the obvious

Secrecy News points out an important new IC Directive: Intelligence analysis “must be objective and independent of political considerations,” … “The IC will seldom have the requisite depth and breadth of expertise to provide all of the insights and detailed…

new book: true believer

I spent years sitting across from a guy who played a major role in making this case.  I’m looking forward to Hollywood’s treatment (the Latin Breach) perhaps with Elizabeth Pena or Sonia Braga (no one would believe Salma).

Indefatigable

Charlie Allen on following the conventional wisdom: “Don’t listen too much to what others are telling you,” Mr. Allen said. “Constantly re-examine your assumptions.” There was a time not that long ago when he backed the ideas of a few…

Iran EBO

The Pentagon has plans for everything, including invading Canada, still, this is another data point to consider when setting your doomsday clock: US contingency plans for air strikes on Iran extend beyond nuclear sites and include most of the country’s…

No Fear

Unlike the national security apparatus, when things go wrong in some places they have no problem doing what is necessary to turn things around. What? National security is not business? True, that. In the case of the latter continuing to…