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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.
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.
MR. MICHAEL BIRMINGHAM, ODNI PUBLIC AFFAIRS:I’d like to thank everybody for joining us this afternoon. Sorry we’re starting a little later here. It’s been a farewell day for Dawn around the building today. As you know, she’s departing. She’s heading down to CIA to be deputy director for S&T shortly.
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.
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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