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Defense Intelligence Agency confronts data access challenges in complex move to the cloud

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The Defense Intelligence Agency is making progress in modernizing the military and intelligence community’s top-secret IT network — the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communication System (JWICS) — but it’s currently taking some time to determine the proper and most secure data access points for the envisioned cloud infrastructure underpinning it, the agency’s CIO said on Tuesday. As DIA’s chief information officer, Douglas Cossa is steering that notable revamp of JWICS, a…

Space Force, intelligence agencies close to completing new strategic review

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The Pentagon and the Intelligence Community (IC) are set to wrap up a “space strategic review” in late June or July, according to a senior Space Force official. For it, the Space Force and IC are jointly assessing U.S. needs associated with offensive and defensive weapons and deterrence capabilities, and classification challenges that can hinder the application of those technologies. This study was tasked to the agencies by the National…

Intel disclosures becoming 'instrument of power' to 'throw adversaries off their game'

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The recent trend of the U.S. intelligence community declassifying intelligence to inform the global community of Russia’s actions in the run-up to and during its invasion of Ukraine also seeks to cause friction on the nation’s actions, according to a U.S. Cyber Command official. “The U.S. and its allies are increasingly using intelligence itself as an instrument of power, as a spoiling attack against adversaries through the rapid declassification and…

Intelligence community navigating role of alerting public through information disclosures

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The U.S. intelligence community, which typically works to inform policymakers at the highest levels of classification, is working to revise its products and sanitize its findings to guard the public against broad disinformation campaigns by foreign adversaries, a top official said Wednesday. In addition to educating the public on what disinformation is and how to be wary of sources of information, ahead of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine the intelligence community…

Space Force ISR chief wants new tech to monitor adversaries’ satellites

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The U.S. military needs something akin to a Predator drone in space to keep a persistent eye on adversary satellites that could pose a threat, the Space Force’s director of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance said Thursday. Russia and China have both in recent years developed counter-space capabilities that threaten some of the U.S. military’s most essential global communications systems, said Maj. Gen. Leah Lauderback, adding that the force needs to…

CIA director: U.S. information campaign 'effective' against Russia ahead of Ukraine invasion

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Despite the U.S. government taking criticism for its approach to Russia’s information operations in recent years, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency believes current efforts to combat the Kremlin’s false flags and disinformation surrounding its invasion of Ukraine have been fruitful. “I think the work that we’ve done — and it’s not without risk as an intelligence community — to declassify information has been very effective,” CIA chief William…

Intelligence community gets new CIO in Adele Merritt

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Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines announced Adele Merritt as the new CIO of the intelligence community on Monday. Merritt officially took the role, housed under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, in late January. Michael Waschull had been serving as acting CIO of the IC since January 2021 and will continue on in his official role as deputy CIO. “Dr. Merritt will lead our ongoing modernization efforts…

Biden signs memorandum to improve cybersecurity across DOD, intelligence community

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President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed a national security memorandum intended to improve cybersecurity across the Department of Defense and the intelligence community. The memo builds on Biden’s landmark cybersecurity executive order issued last May and spells out how network requirements for civilian federal agencies included in that order — such as applying zero-trust security principles — should also be instituted across national security systems. The effect of the document…