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ADVICE+DISSENT:Intelligence File Lost Generation

November 1, 2009 Young CIA employees learn a lesson about scandal. It's been a rough few months for the CIA, a rough few years, really. The ferocious debate over the agency's covert counterterrorism activities-interrogation and targeted killings chief among them-has roiled the spy service and prompted defenders to warn ominously of "low morale" ...

The Real Cyber Czar

October 5, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A formidable intelligence chief, not a White House staffer, will run network security. In May, President Obama declared cyberspace a "strategic national asset," and an unacceptably vulnerable one. In a speech at the White House, he warned of unprecedented levels of online theft, pervasive electronic espionage and the increasing use ...

ADVICE+DISSENT:Intelligence File The Real Cyber Czar

October 1, 2009 A formidable intelligence chief, not a White House staffer, will run network security. In May, President Obama declared cyberspace a "strategic national asset," and an unacceptably vulnerable one. In a speech at the White House, he warned of unprecedented levels of online theft, pervasive electronic espionage and the increasing use ...

ADVICE+DISSENT:Intelligence File Paper Chief?

September 1, 2009 DNI Dennis Blair has been challenged by his workforce. Back in May, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair announced an important change in the intelligence community's overseas operations: From now on, he would reserve the right to select as his primary representative in foreign countries someone other than a CIA ...

Managing Oversight

August 26, 2009 Congressional oversight of intelligence is broken. That was the dismal conclusion of a 2006 report by the Center for American Progress, as well as the bipartisan 9/11 commission, both of which scoured the histories of congressional watchdogging -- real and imagined -- and concluded that the system set up to ...

ADVICE+DISSENT:Intelligence File Gone Missing

August 1, 2009 Congress has the tools to check intelligence agencies, but doesn't use them. Congressional oversight of intelligence is broken. That was the dismal conclusion of a 2006 report by the Center for American Progress, as well as the bipartisan 9/11 commission, both of which scoured the histories of congressional watchdogging-real and ...

ADVICE+DISSENT:Intelligence File Gone Missing

July 1, 2009 Congress has the tools to check intelligence agencies, but doesn't use them. Congressional oversight of intelligence is broken. That was the dismal conclusion of a 2006 report by the Center for American Progress, as well as the bipartisan 9/11 commission, both of which scoured the histories of congressional watchdogging-real and ...

ADVICE+DISSENT:Intelligence File Measure of Change

June 1, 2009 President Obama follows in the footsteps of Bush-era policies. "As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals." That declaration in President Obama's inaugural address was meant to put some distance between the policies of his administration and those of his predecessor. ...

Blair’s First Moves

May 1, 2009 The new spy chief is not afraid of a head wind. There's an old sea story about Dennis Blair, the new director of national intelligence. It's from his days as commander of U.S. Pacific Command in the late 1990s. Adm. Blair, the story goes, was meeting with a counterpart from ...

Defense contractors receive classified information on hacker threats

April 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In response to an unprecedented wave of attacks on the Defense Department's computer networks, and possible theft of information about U.S. weapons systems by foreign governments, the Pentagon has quietly begun sharing classified intelligence about hackers and online threats with the country's biggest defense contractors. The intelligence-sharing program began almost ...