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BY DEFENSE SYSTEMS STAFF
e intelligence community is moving
forward with key initiatives to streamline
access to intelligence data and strengthen
network defense amidst an uncertain
political climate in which comprehensive
national cybersecurity protections are still
pending in Congress and agency budgets
continue to shrink.
One of the initiatives on the horizon
is the rollout of a common desktop and
common cloud-based network that will
begin in March 2013, Director of National
Intelligence James Clapper said in a key-
note address at the recent GEOINT 2012
Symposium in Orlando, Fla.
Agencies are working together on the ef-
fort, with the Defense Intelligence Agency
(DIA) and the National Geospatial-
Intelligence Agency (NGA) taking the lead
on building the common desktop, and the
CIA and National Security Agency (NSA)
leading the cloud e ort.
To clamp down on leaks of classi ed
information that have plagued the U.S.
government, the intelligence community is
implementing a series of changes designed
to stop them, including increased monitor-
ing of tra c, more aggressive investiga-
tions, new standards for polygraphs and an
overhaul of the process for issuing security
clearances, Clapper said.
"I feel very strongly that we in the
intelligence community should set the
example for everyone else in the govern-
ment," he said.
To cope with the revolutionary changes
brought about by network-centric war-
fare, which add new threats to national
security, the DIA will change the way it
approaches its mission, Army LTG Mi-
chael Flynn said in his keynote address at
the symposium. e new approach will
be outlined in the agency s soon-to-be-
released "Vision 2020" blueprint, he said.
Flynn said he believes the world is
entering a period of persistent con ict and
observed that U.S. battalion and regimental
commanders on the ground "are ghting
the network more than they have to ght
the enemy or deal with the environment."
To meet those challenges, DIA is creat-
ing a structure that encourages innova-
tion, forgives failure and decentralizes
decision-making. e goal is to provide
better early warning of threats and re-
duce decision-makers risks in a danger-
ous global environment.
"We are in one of those turning mo-
ments in history...and that turn right
now that we re in is a very long turn,"
GEN Keith Alexander, head of the U.S.
Cyber Command and NSA director, said
in his keynote address at the symposium
that he expects comprehensive cyberse-
curity legislation to be nalized by the
middle of 2013.
"I think we re going to solve this over
the next six months," he said.
Alexander said election-year politics
may have been a factor in Congress in-
ability to pass legislation this year, but all
sides have legitimate concerns that need
to be addressed, among them the ques-
tion of how much the government should
be involved in securing private networks.
He noted, as other supporters of the
legislation have done, that lack of under-
standing also plays a role, but repeated his
o -stated concern that time is running
out to prevent an attack that could devas-
tate the nation s electrical grid, nancial
system or other critical infrastructure.
"We need to solve this before there s
a big problem, because a er there s a
big problem, we re going to race to the
wrong solution," he said.
As for the issues facing NGA, Di-
rector Letitia Long said in a keynote
address that the planned merger of
commercial satellite services providers
Digital Globe and GeoEye would not
have an adverse e ect on the amount of
available imagery in the future.
e two companies announced earlier
this year that they would merge. e
Defense and Justice departments are
reviewing the proposal.
However, a report on the industrial
base indicated some cause for concern
regarding the two companies subcon-
tractors, which emerged from a study
of how the merger might a ect the
industrial base. Nevertheless, the mat-
ter would not be enough to block the
merger, she said. ■
Cyber and intel issues dominate
conversation at GEOINT 2012
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Director Letitia Long said at GEOINT 2012
that the planned merger of Digital Globe
and GeoEye would not have an adverse
effect on the amount of satellite imagery
available in the future.
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