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Former spy on importance of intelligence gathering from human sources

Information-gathering technologies that use facial recognition and artificial intelligence are valuable, but highly actionable and useful intelligence still comes from human spies and agents. Douglas London, associate professor at Georgetown University and former senior operations officer at the Central Intelligence Agency, said with Great Power Competition and technology’s increasing influence on the battle space, the […]


Former CIA senior operations officer says the agency needs a cultural shift

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was established in 1947 as a civilian, nonpartisan and independent foreign intelligence service. Today, in the wake of the failures of 9/11 and the Iraq War, the CIA has sought to reinvent itself and is now at a crossroads. Douglas London, former senior operations officer at the CIA and author […]


Third-party cybersecurity assessment of defense industrial base could take 15 years

The Defense Department’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program, a framework to evaluate security in the defense supply chain, has its first third-party assessor. Redspin will be the first company other companies can use to verify their compliance with CMMC standards. Bob Bigman, former chief information security officer of the Central Intelligence Agency and founder […]


Senate cyber report finds weaknesses in government systems

Robert Bigman, former chief information security officer at the CIA, discusses the new Senate report on cybersecurity, and the IT management issues that keep weaknesses from being fixed.


Federal agencies reach out to sci-fi fans at Awesome Con

Government Matters’ James Mahoney reports on agencies that visited the Awesome Con pop-culture celebration, and what they showcased to the comic book and sci-fi fans at the event.


Pentagon to build & launch new satellites with Boeing

Robert Levinson, senior defense analyst at Bloomberg Government, discusses the surprise DoD communications satellites in the 2018 omnibus bill, and the CIA’s open source efforts. 

Government Matters CIA looks to private sector, Silicon Valley for innovation

CIA looks to private sector, Silicon Valley for innovation

Dawn Meyerriecks, deputy director for science and technology at the CIA, discusses where her agency is looking for innovative solutions to the latest national security challenges.

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