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CIA Senior Leadership Announcement

Statement by CIA Director John O. Brennan - When I was confirmed as CIA Director, one of the things that I was most looking forward to upon my return to the Agency was the opportunity to work side-by-side once again with Michael Morell. Michael and I began our Agency careers in 1980, and we have been close friends and colleagues since that time...

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Defense Intelligence Agency's Chief Analytic Methodologist on "The Government’s Path to Irrelevance"

The discourse about and around corporate America has been largely dominated by two closely related topics: competitiveness and the need for a highly-skilled workforce. The private sector appears to be listening and acting with varying degrees of success. The same can’t be said for the federal government, which hasn’t changed much since the advent of the Internet and the cell phone. Moreover, most government employees—political and bureaucratic—still tend to think the same way that they always have...
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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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