Category: National Security

Very Un-Serious

You know, I was perfectly willing to believe that there was something skewed about this story – much ado about nothing – but then I got to this bit: … One Arabic-speaking junior officer with experience in the Middle East…

DOE Security Lapse Update

The latest compromise of nuclear weapons secrets occurred at the Los Alamos National Laboratory after a worker stole design information she downloaded onto a removable computer flash drive, U.S. officials said. The secrets were discovered during a drug raid last…

Media Trumps Interrogations

“Captured” media that is. In case you wondered why so many of us VRWC-types are behind continued analysis of what we found in Iraq. You’re not down with water-boarding? Fine, then can you get behind an effort that avoids the…

The All Seeing Eye II

The new U.S. intelligence czar is developing a computer system capable of data-mining huge amounts of information about everyday events to discern patterns that look like terrorist planning. The technology is reminiscent of the axed Total Information Awareness program. Civil…

What you get when you recycle

Another apparent breach of classified material is under federal investigation at the nation’s premier nuclear weapons laboratory: Los Alamos National Laboratory, sources tell CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson. The breach apparently was discovered when Los Alamos police recently conducted a…

Bratton on Domestic Intel

Lately people have been calling on Washington to create a new domestic intelligence agency, without police powers — like Britain’s MI5 — to take over from the FBI and be the lead in gathering and analyzing intelligence as it relates…

Up The Academy

An interesting proposition on the radio today spurred on by this story, about the need for a National Security Academy set up along the lines of West Point or Annapolis. Similar service obligation but a focus on the skill sets…

Anyone Listening?

A shameless plug for my old boss: Still, Donavan Lewis, chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s threat analysis division, wants the United States to think more about long-term trends. “China has shifted its dependence away from the United States to…

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…