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The Drones Race

September 1, 2011 Officials should start thinking about how to control the spread of unmanned aircraft. The global drones race is upon us. Today, more than 50 countries use unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance. Armed with high-resolution cameras and electronic sensors, these remote-controlled planes are quickly becoming the preferred method for intelligence collection...

No Talking

July 1, 2011 While politicians took credit for the death of Osama bin Laden, career employees were told to keep quiet. Intelligence agency employees are getting mixed messages these days. On one hand, President Obama and other senior members of his administration have praised the work of the CIA and others who tracked...

The Price of Candor

May 1, 2011 When it comes to the toughest calls, lawmakers can't always handle the truth. When Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee in March that government forces in Libya probably would win out over protesters and rebels, you could almost hear the collective head-slapping across town....

One Bad Apple

April 1, 2011 What the Tucson shooting teaches us about the dangers of wrong intelligence. In the hours after a gunman shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others in Tucson, Ariz., the information coming from the scene was chaotic and contradictory. News organizations ran with early reports-which proved false-that Giffords had died....

Spies’ Growing Pains

January 1, 2011 The CIA has had to rethink human intelligence. First the bad news. Last month marked the anniversary of the deadliest attack on CIA employees in a quarter century. On Dec. 30, 2009, a man the CIA believed was an al Qaeda informant, but who was actually a double agent, blew...

ANALYSIS:Intelligence File Quiet on Drones

November 1, 2010 Pressure is building for President Obama to rein in one of the CIA's favorite weapons. The CIA continues drone strikes in Pakistan at record rates, and while no one in the administration will officially confirm the drone program exists, it's well-known that President Obama's national security team has embraced the...

The Outsiders

September 15, 2010 In July, The Washington Post ran a three-part series headlined "Top Secret America," which depicted an intelligence contractor workforce so vast and unmanageable that not even the secretary of Defense could say how many nongovernmental employees were in his office. For anyone who has worked in the intelligence community for...

ANALYSIS:Intelligence File The Outsiders

September 1, 2010 Contractors are here to stay. So, train federal employees how to manage them better. In July, The Washington Post ran a three-part series headlined "Top Secret America," which depicted an intelligence contractor workforce so vast and unmanageable that not even the secretary of Defense could say how many nongovernmental employees...

War of Words

July 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There's been a war of words lately over the meaning of war - specifically, cyberwar. What is it? How do we recognize it? When it happens, what's the appropriate response? These aren't academic questions. As the Defense Department stands up a new Cyber Command, the definition of war in the...

War of Words

July 1, 2010 The rhetoric of cyberwar is heating up. There's been a war of words lately over the meaning of war-specifically, cyberwar. What is it? How do we recognize it? When it happens, what's the appropriate response? These aren't academic questions. As the Defense Department stands up a new Cyber Command, the...

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