The intelligence community (IC) recently announced it will be working with commercial industries to protect U.S. national security from the growing number of threats by using cutting-edge tools and technologies.
- Dr. Stacey Dixon, principal deputy director of national intelligence, said the IC will be coming out with a science and technology strategy that will serve as a roadmap for industry and academia to understand what capabilities the community is looking for.
- Dixon said the IC is developing innovation centers, has grants funding new research and has built relationships with universities to foster innovation.
- The Office of the Director of National Intelligence works with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to prevent intellectual property theft and educates technology developers about this threat, said Dixon.
- She said the IC is in the process of investing more in cybersecurity resources and recruiting talent in this space.
- Dixon said her office is focusing on raising awareness among job seekers that the intelligence community has a wide variety of career opportunities with meaningful, challenging work. There is also an effort to reduce the timeline for hiring and granting security clearances.
- While terrorism is still a major threat, the IC is shifting its attention towards countering authoritarian adversaries, Dixon said.
- Dixon said the IC has been using monitoring capabilities to collect information about climate change and associated security risks and provides it to scientists and policymakers.
- Dixon said her organization supports the director of national intelligence, providing an integrated intelligence picture to the president, and executes oversight of the 18 elements of the IC.