Category: National Security

Fundamentals

Step one in crafting a security strategy: Know what it is you are protecting. I think this headline says it all: FBI unsure if missing notebook PCs contain sensitive data This from the people who want to argue they’re in…

Keeping the IC Competitive

Advice about innovation from the world’s richest man. Evidence that breaking a slump need not be expensive or painful (just unusual). Technophiles will undoubtedly joke about the first item but that is beside the point . . . The IC…

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)…

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…

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…

New Intel Sharing Paper

Money quote from the Author’s Note: The unavoidable conclusion is that the U.S. government cannot continue to allow a collecting agency to make unilateral originator control determinations regarding the intelligence it collects. … I hope to explain why they are…

The Seat-Belt Light is On

You can’t beat Siobhan Gorman for NSA stories: An expensive National Security Agency initiative to search the world’s communication networks for security threats is hitting early but significant snags, prompting intelligence officials and lawmakers to raise questions about its funding…

Inside Dope

Don’t know this particular person, but I know his brothers and sisters and their song remains the same (courtesy of Small Wars Journal): Morale has become bad enough in the Iraq office that DIA has had to drop the requirement…

On Reserves

There are a number of benefits associated with having an all-volunteer armed forces, not the least of which is the lifting of the burden of sacrifice that would otherwise fall on those with nominal enthusiasm for fighting wars. Even after…