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What a pleasure to be here amongst so many old friends to share some thoughts on Counterterrorism in an Era of Competing priorities.


We are almost two decades removed from 9/11, and fortunately, we have been successful in preventing major attacks against the homeland. This success raises the important question of how counterterrorism should stack up against competing priorities, an increasingly relevant issue.

Dr. Alan MacDougall became the sixth director of the National Counterproliferation Center (NCPC) Nov. 5. He succeeds Annette Totten, who retired from public service after leading NCPC for nearly two years. MacDougall served as NCPC’s deputy director prior to the selection.

From building partnerships and pipelines with schools and universities, to moving jobs out of the Washington metro area, to reworking the security clearance process, agencies are employing a wide variety of strategies to combat the hiring and retention crisis currently plaguing public service.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, announced the winners of the Open Cross Lingual Information Retrieval – OpenCLIR – prize challenge.  

Leaders from the Department of Defense and intelligence community Thursday emphasized the need for a diverse workforce in support of national security.

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