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ADVICE+DISSENT:Intelligence File Reading the Signs

April 1, 2009 Crises occur when we have the wrong kinds of information. One can usually expect surprises. That's a lesson to draw from the two great American crises of the first decade of the 21st century: the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the economic meltdown. Neither event came without warning, but few ...

ADVICE+DISSENT:Intelligence File In the Fast Lane

March 1, 2009 Google, government and Internet of the future. In December, the Wall Street Journal published a fascinating and provocative news story that seemed to portend dramatic changes to how we use the Internet. The paper reported that Google Inc. had approached major cable and phone companies-the ones that own the pipes ...

Dual-Hatted

January 14, 2009 President-elect Barack Obama has a decision to make about his new intelligence chief: Should he take away some of the job responsibilities? Doing so could make both their lives easier, and may well encourage better management of the intelligence community. The first two directors of National Intelligence, John Negroponte and ...

Hacked lawmaker calls for cyber briefings

January 6, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., told House leaders Tuesday that few members of Congress have availed themselves of secret briefings meant to educate them about outsiders trying to penetrate lawmakers' computers and steal sensitive information. Despite "repeated assurances" that the House leadership would inform members of Congress about threats to their ...

ADVICE+DISSENT:Intelligence File Dual-Hatted

January 1, 2009 Cutting the intelligence director's workload could make him better at his job. President-elect Barack Obama has a decision to make about his new intelligence chief: Should he take away some of the job responsibilities? Doing so could make both their lives easier, and may well encourage better management of the ...

Hacking The Hill

December 19, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On October 26, 2006, computer security personnel from across the legislative branch were informed that the Congressional Budget Office had been hit with a computer virus. The news might not have seemed extraordinary. Hackers had been trying for years to break into government computers in Congress and the executive branch, ...

Cybercrime Wave

December 11, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The backbone of the global economy is exposed. A few months ago, I returned from a trip overseas to find a startling e-mail from my credit card company in my inbox. It wanted to confirm that I had called recently to obtain a PIN, which would allow me to withdraw ...

ADVICE+DISSENT:Intelligence File Cybercrime Wave

December 1, 2008 The backbone of the global economy is exposed. A few months ago, I returned from a trip overseas to find a startling e-mail from my credit card company in my inbox. It wanted to confirm that I had called recently to obtain a PIN, which would allow me to withdraw ...

Brennan forced out of the running for CIA director slot

November 25, 2008 John Brennan, President-elect Obama's intelligence adviser and the person many thought would head the CIA, has formally withdrawn his name from consideration "for a position within the intelligence community." (Read his letter to Obama here.) Why is this important? Liberal bloggers and others on Obama's left flank have been furious ...

Expectations high for cybersecurity under Obama

November 10, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The following is an excerpt from an article published by National Journal in its Nov. 10 issue, in which writers and editors highlighted policies that the Obama administration can come to quick agreement on and those that may be harder to find common ground or fund. Here's a look at ...