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DNI Unveils 2014 National Intelligence Strategy

September 18, 2014 Comments off

DNI Unveils 2014 National Intelligence Strategy
Source: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

The Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper today unveiled the 2014 National Intelligence Strategy – the blueprint that will drive the priorities for the nation’s 17 Intelligence Community components over the next four years. The National Intelligence Strategy (NIS) is one of the most important documents for the Intelligence Community (IC) as it sets forth the strategic environment, sets priorities and objectives, and focuses resources on current and future budgets, acquisitions and operations decisions. Most importantly, the strategy builds on the success achieved with integrating intelligence since the previous NIS, as demonstrated by both high-profile operational achievements and significant enterprise improvements.

The National Intelligence Strategy lays out the strategic environment and identifies pervasive and emerging threats. While key nation states such as China, Russia, North Korea and Iran will continue to challenge U.S. interests, global power is also becoming more diffuse. New alignments and informal networks, outside of traditional power blocs and national governments, will increasingly have significant impact in global affairs. Competition for scarce resources such as food, water and energy is growing in importance as an intelligence issue as that competition exacerbates instability, and the constant advancements and globalization of technology will bring both benefits and challenges.

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Statistical Transparency Report Regarding Use of National Security Authorities — Annual Statistics for Calendar Year 2013

July 7, 2014 Comments off

Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

February 10, 2014 Comments off

Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community (PDF)
Source: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Several critical governmental, commercial, and societal changes are converging that will threaten a safe and secure online environment. In the past several years, many aspects of life have migrated to the Internet and digital networks. These include essential government functions, industry and commerce, health care, social communication, and personal information. The foreign threats discussed below pose growing risks to these functions as the public continues to increase its use of and trust in digital infrastructures and technologies.

Russia and China continue to hold views substantially divergent from the United States on the meaning and intent of international cyber security. These divergences center mostly on the nature of state sovereignty in the global information environment and states’ rights to control the dissemination of content online, which have long forestalled major agreements. Despite these challenges, the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts concluded in a June 2013 report that international law and the UN Charter apply to cyberspace. This conclusion represents a substantive step forward in developing a legal framework and norms for cyber security.

Summary of the Reengagement of Detainees Formerly Held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

October 10, 2013 Comments off

Summary of the Reengagement of Detainees Formerly Held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (PDF)
Source: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Based on trends identified during the past ten years, we assess that if additional detainees are transferred without conditions from GTMO, some will reengage in terrorist or insurtent activities. Transfers to countries with ongoing conflicts and internal instability as well as active recruitment by insurgent and terrorist organizations post a particular problem.

Former GTMO detainees routinely communicate with each other,families of other former detainees, and previous associates who are members of terrorist organizations. The reasons for communication span from the mundane (reminiscing about shared experiences) to the nefarious (planning terrorist operations). We assess that some GTMO detainees transferred in the future also will communicate with other former GTMO detainees and persons in terrorist organizations. We do not consider mere communication with individuals or organizations — including other former GTMO detainees — an indicator of reengagement. Rather, the motives, intentions, and purposes of each communication are taken into account when assessing whether the individual has reengaged.

DNI Clapper Declassifies and Releases Telephone Metadata Collection Documents

August 7, 2013 Comments off

DNI Clapper Declassifies and Releases Telephone Metadata Collection Documents

Source: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

In the interest of increased transparency, the Director of National Intelligence has authorized the declassification and public release of the attached documents pertaining to the collection of telephone metadata pursuant to Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. DNI Clapper has determined that the release of these documents is in the public interest.

Cover Letter and 2009 Report on the National Security Agency’s Bulk Collection Program for USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization

Cover Letters and 2011 Report on the National Security Agency’s Bulk Collection Program for USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization

Primary Order for Business Records Collection Under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act

2012 Report on Security Clearance Determinations

June 14, 2013 Comments off

2012 Report on Security Clearance Determinations (PDF)

Source: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 20101 established a requirement for the President to submit an annual report to Congress on the security clearance process, to include the total number of security clearances across government and in-depth metrics on the timeliness of security clearance determinations in the Intelligence Community (IC). In response to this requirement, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has prepared this 2012 Report on Security Clearance Determinations, which provides the number of security clearance determinations in the following categories:

  • The number of individuals who held and who were approved for a security clearance as of October 1, 2012, categorized by government employees and contractors and by security clearance level.
  • For the IC:
  • The time in days to process the shortest and longest security clearance determination made among 80 percent of determinations, and the time in days for the shortest and longest security clearance determination made among 90 percent of security clearance determinations.
  • The number of security clearance investigations as of October 1 of the preceding fiscal year open for: 4 months or less; between 4 months and 8 months; between 8 months and one year; and more than one year.
  • The percentage of reviews during the preceding fiscal year that resulted in a denial or revocation of a security clearance.
  • The percentage of investigations during the preceding fiscal year that resulted in incomplete information.
  • The percentage of investigations during the preceding fiscal year that did not result in enough information to make a decision on potentially adverse information.
  • The number of completed or pending security clearance determinations for government employees and contractors during the preceding fiscal year that have taken longer than one year to complete; the agencies that investigated and adjudicated such determinations; and the cause of significant delays in such determinations.

Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

March 21, 2013 Comments off

Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community (PDF)
Source: Office of the Director of National Intelligence (via Senate Select Committee on Intelligence)

This year, in both content and organization, this statement illustrates how quickly and radically the world—and our threat environment—are changing. This environment is demanding reevaluations of the way we do business, expanding our analytic envelope, and altering the vocabulary of intelligence. Threats are more diverse, interconnected, and viral than at any time in history. Attacks, which might involve cyber and financial weapons, can be deniable and unattributable. Destruction can be invisible, latent, and progressive. We now monitor shifts in human geography, climate, disease, and competition for natural resources because they fuel tensions and conflicts. Local events that might seem irrelevant are more likely to affect US national security in accelerated time frames.

In this threat environment, the importance and urgency of intelligence integration cannot be overstated. Our progress cannot stop. The Intelligence Community must continue to promote collaboration among experts in every field, from the political and social sciences to natural sciences, medicine, military issues, and space. Collectors and analysts need vision across disciplines to understand how and why developments—and both state and unaffiliated actors—can spark sudden changes with international implications.

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