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SecDef Carter Wants YOU For The Defense Digital Service

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


SAN FRANCISCO: Uncle Sam wants you, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a skeptical tech community yesterday. It’s part of an all-out effort by the military’s civilian leader to get the technologically best and brightest to work with or even for the often-hidebound Pentagon. Carter has created the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUX) and the Defense Digital Service, both… Keep reading →

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‘Everything We Can Do For Our French Counterparts We Are Doing:’ NGA Head

Posted by Colin Clark on


NGA HEADQUARTERS: If you want further proof of the damage that Edward Snowden has wrought on American intelligence capabilities, look at the relative ease with which the Paris terrorists planned, traveled and killed in Europe. “The adversary has gone and is going to school against our capabilities,” NGA Director Robert Cardillo told reporters here today.… Keep reading →

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Work With Putin To Stop Another Paris: CIA Chief Brennan

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WASHINGTON: The enemy of my enemy may not be my friend, but he can be useful. In a speech he’d ripped up and rewritten since Friday’s horrific attacks on Paris, CIA chief John Brennan said even the only superpower needs help in a dangerous world. That sometimes requires working with countries that make the world worse,… Keep reading →

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US Not Sure What Was Taken In OPM Hack: DNI Clapper

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WASHINGTON: Hacks are hard to do damage assessments on. Just ask Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper about the Chinese theft of data from the Office of Personnel Management. “We don’t actually know what was actually exfiltrated,” Clapper told several hundred people at Georgetown University’s Healy Hall today. Why don’t we really know if 5.6 million fingerprints — or… Keep reading →

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MH17 Tragedy Strengthens European Spines To Sanction Russia: UK Ambassador

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THE WATERGATE: United we stand, Great Britain’s ambassador to the US insisted today. Despite all the strains on the Atlantic alliance — post-Snowden backlash against American spying, rising anti-EU sentiment in Britain, German dependence on Russian energy — the US, the UK, and their continental European allies stand together against what he called Russian “hybrid… Keep reading →

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New NSA, CyberCom Chief Tells Workforce: Forget Snowden, Do The Mission

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WASHINGTON: “One of the things I try to tell the work force out there is this is not what is going to define us,” said Adm. Mike Rogers, new head of the National Security Agency and US Cyber Command. After two months in the job — and halfway through this morning’s Q&A at a Bloomberg Government… Keep reading →

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Obama Picks Navy Admiral For NSA; Keeps CyberCom Ties

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PENTAGON: Vice Adm. Michael Rogers

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Intelligence in 2014: Shrinking Budget Cuts, Snowden-Driven ‘Reforms’

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: Positing the future of intelligence — even for one year — poses unique challenges. First, there’s so much those of on the outside don’t know. Then there’s the simple truth that our enemies and competitors drive so much of intelligence. Since we can’t know with certainty what will happen, it’s difficult to predict what the intelligence… Keep reading →

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New Intel Bill Would Force More FISA Court Reporting

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AFA Conference: A bipartisan group of House lawmakers have presented a new bill designed to increase congressional oversight of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and its main client, the National Security Agency. Obviously, the bill was sparked by the flood of classified information released by the international fugitive and former intelliegnce contractor Edward Snowden. The… Keep reading →

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Snowden Uproar Demoralizes Cyber Warriors: Ex-NSA Chief Hayden

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NATIONAL HARBOR: Media outcry and public uproar over the Edward Snowden revelations have created a deeply demoralizing backlash against the US intelligence community and paralyzed key cybersecurity initiatives, Gen. Michael Hayden — former director of both the CIA and the NSA — said today. “If you look at the psychic effect of Snowden on the… Keep reading →

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