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US Intel Community Turning to Commercial Companies for R&D

With pressure on US defense contractors to cut costs and government research-and-development (R&D) spending facing new budget realities, the intelligence community is increasingly leaning on commercial companies to provide needed R&D, moving away from past reliance on traditional defense contractors. Read more...

NIU Announces Gen. Allen as its 2013 Honorary Degree Recipient

National Intelligence University President Dr. David Ellison announced today that retired Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen will receive an honorary Doctor of Strategic Intelligence degree at the university's July 26 commencement ceremony.
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US intelligence embraces debate in security issues

In the months leading up to the killing of Osama bin Laden, veteran intelligence analyst Robert Cardillo was given the nickname "Debbie Downer." With each new tidbit of information that tracked bin Laden to a high-walled compound in northern Pakistan - phone records, satellite imaging, clues from other suspects - Cardillo cast doubt that the terror network leader and mastermind was actually there.

As the world now knows well, President Barack Obama ultimately decided to launch a May 2011 raid on the Abbottabad compound that killed bin Laden. But the level of widespread skepticism that Cardillo shared with other top-level officials - which nearly scuttled the raid - reflected a sea change within the U.S. spy community, one that embraces debate to avoid "slam-dunk" intelligence in tough national security decisions.
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Four-star general in eye of U.S. cyber storm

Depending on your point of view, U.S. General Keith Alexander is either an Army four-star trying to stave off a cyber Pearl Harbor attack, or an overreaching spy chief who wants to eavesdrop on the private emails of every American.
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Intelligence Taps Industry for Essential Technologies

The U.S. intelligence community will be relying to a greater degree on commercial technologies to meet its current and future requirements, including some that formerly were the purview of government laboratories. And, because much of the community’s research is applied research, it will select its budgeting priorities based in part on how well the commercial sector can fill in some technology gaps on its own.
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