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Director of National Intelligence Provides Guidance for Civilian Consumption of Declassified Documents

Codes have been used throughout history whenever people wanted to keep messages private. In the intelligence community, cryptography and code words are standard operating procedure, but when documents are declassified and released for the public as a means for information sharing and good faith, it may seem to civilians that...

CIA’s First Public National Security Conference

On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, the CIA hosted their first public National Security Conference titled, “The Ethos and the Profession of Intelligence” at Georgetown University.  The conference, co-sponsored with Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, served as a platform to discuss a variety of topics important to national security. The current...

Is the IC Responsible for Failing to Prevent the Boston Marathon Bombings? Inspectors General Say “No”

A new Inspectors General (IGs) report was released yesterday on the Boston Marathon bombings that focuses on information handling and sharing by the U.S. intelligence community (IC) prior to the incident. The 168-page review itself is classified, but the IGs have publicly released the Unclassified Summary which can be found...

SSCI Releases its Review of the Benghazi Terrorist Attacks

The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) released today its “Review of the Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Facilities in Benghazi, Libya, September 11-12, 2012.”  This review “focuses primarily on the analysis by and actions of the Intelligence Community (IC) leading up to, during, and immediately following the attacks.” The...

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month! Now in its tenth year, the nation-wide, month-long effort aims to involve the whole community in preparedness. Individuals are encouraged to educate themselves about the emergencies that could happen, make a plan for what to do in case of an emergency, and create a supply...

Report on the National Network of Fusion Centers

Last week, Michael McCaul, Chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee , and Peter King, Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence , released a Majority Staff Report entitled “The National Network of Fusion Centers.” The report analyzes the effectiveness of fusion centers across the nation...

Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Community of Practice Goes Live July 15th

On Monday, July 15th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched its Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) Community of Practice (CoP). “The CoP is a collaboration site for emergency management and homeland security professionals to contribute to the QHSR.” The QHSR was mandated by Congress after the passage of the...

2013 National Preparedness Report

Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness (PPD-8) describes the Nation’s approach to preparing for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the United States. The Directive requires a National Preparedness Report (NPR), an annual report summarizing the progress made toward building, sustaining, and delivering...

Report Released on the Oversight of the Intelligence Community, 2011-2013

On March 22, 2013, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its latest biennial report outlining its oversight activities from the period of January 5, 2011 to January 3, 2013. Charged with carrying out oversight of the programs and activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community since 1976, the Committee...