Category: technology

Avoiding a Kluster ****

National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs), are supposed to be a collaborative effort of every agency (in reality, every agency with a dog in that particular fight). Whether you value the findings in recently declassified NIEs or not, most of us have…

Spooks in the Machine

I was called a philistine and worse for suggesting that virtual worlds like Second Life were anything but digital paradises where people were able to free themselves of pesky meat-space hindrances to inter-personal joy like their middling looks or inadequate…

we’ve been here before

Just a reminder, as cables seem to be disintegrating before our eyes, of the highly readable The Victorian Internet. Just in case time allows for reading for pleasure.

Forrester for Uncle Sam?

When the Department of Defense needed the ability to push the technological envelope they developed the Advanced Research Projects Agency. Recognizing the value in that approach ā€“ about fifty years later ā€“ the intelligence community formed its own advanced R&D…

An XGW-cyber intel lab?

Beltway Bandits offering up expensive and cumbersome gaming solutions to Uncle Sam: look out! I was sitting at a picnic table Thursday afternoon talking with a revolutionary who last year bombed an American Apparel store. I didn’t think she was…

underrattelser – US style

Ralph Peters’ latest report on improvements in MI. Money graph: Appropriate technologies can help us – but no database or collection system is a substitute for seasoned human judgment. The key task in intelligence is understanding the enemy. Machines do…

Smart Move

The Bush administration may withhold technology dollars from federal agencies that are lagging on cybersecurity, a top IT official said Wednesday. The philosophy goes something like this: The government shouldn’t be spending money on agencies that want to build new…

Dumb Luck

Iā€™m on a cyber-roll today: Computer hackers tapped into a Web site at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week, planting a virus that has possibly infected computers used by people who visited the site, agency officials said.…

What Year is This?

I feel like I’m taking crazy pills here . . . The Homeland Security Department finally named an assistant secretary for cybersecurity last year, and the Senate ratified the first international treaty on cybercrime. The Computer Security Industry Alliance had…