Archive for the ‘Office of the Director of National Intelligence’ Category

Bin Ladin’s Bookshelf

June 9, 2015 Comments off

Bin Ladin’s Bookshelf
Source: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

On May 20, 2015, the ODNI released a sizeable tranche of documents recovered during the raid on the compound used to hide Usama bin Ladin. The release, which followed a rigorous interagency review, aligns with the President’s call for increased transparency–consistent with national security prerogatives–and the 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act, which required the ODNI to conduct a review of the documents for release.

The release contains two sections. The first is a list of non-classified, English-language material found in and around the compound. The second is a selection of now-declassified documents.

The Intelligence Community will be reviewing hundreds more documents in the near future for possible declassification and release. An interagency taskforce under the auspices of the White House and with the agreement of the DNI is reviewing all documents which supported disseminated intelligence cables, as well as other relevant material found around the compound. All documents whose publication will not hurt ongoing operations against al-Qa‘ida or their affiliates will be released.

2014 Report on Security Clearance Determinations

May 1, 2015 Comments off

2014 Report on Security Clearance Determinations
Source: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

The Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010(1) requires the President to submit an annual Report on Security Clearance Determinations to Congress. The IAA directs this report to include the number of United States Government (USG) employees who held a security clearance at each level as of October 1 of the preceding year and the number of USG employees who were approved for a security clearance at each level during the preceding fiscal year. Similar data pertaining to USG contractors is also required. Also, for each element of the Intelligence Community (IC), in-depth security clearance timeliness determination metrics are required. In response to these IAA requirements, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has prepared this 2014 Report on Security Clearance Determinations consistent with the security clearance data requirements as outlined by the categories listed below.

IC IG Releases the Evaluation of ODNI Under the Reducing Over-Classification Act

January 14, 2015 Comments off

IC IG Releases the Evaluation of ODNI Under the Reducing Over-Classification Act
Source: Intelligence Community Inspector General

Pursuant to the Reducing Over-Classification Act of 2010, the Intelligence Community Inspector General produced the following report that examined ODNI adherence to applicable classification policies and regulations. The IC IG evaluation also includes a trend analysis, which found areas that need to be emphasized across the Intelligence Community. In order to complete a thorough analysis, the IC IG waited until the other IGs at CIA, DIA, NGA, NSA and NRO completed their reports.

See: IC Inspector General Finds No Overclassification (Secrecy News)

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.

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.