U.S. government organizations have the worst ranking cybersecurity protections when compared against more than a dozen private industries, including construction, food, and hospitality, according to a report released Thursday.
According to Michael Hayden, the only man ever to hold both the posts of CIA and NSA director, 9/11 was a seismic event for the U.S. intelligence community, and its effects still reverberate today. Hayden begins this excellent and very personal narrative by describing in the run-up to the attacks how the NSA, like the CIA, had suffered major budget and personnel cuts through the 1990s triggered by belief in a “peace dividend” that had accrued from the breakup of the Soviet Union.
The emergence of the United States as a global superpower after World War II brought with it an unprecedented demand during the Cold War for accurate, well-informed and timely intelligence for the president and senior officials. That demand has only increased in an age of terrorism and renewed strategic challenges from Russia and China.
Competition for the president’s attention is keen. Washington is a city of think tanks and quality universities that produce volumes of material on virtually all aspects of U.S. foreign policy.
The Central Intelligence Agency three-year “Diversity and Inclusion Strategy” includes a dedicated program to recruit transgender individuals, and agency-wide “unconscious bias” training.
The CIA was fooled by scores of double agents pretending to be working for the agency but secretly loyal to communist spy agencies during the Cold War and beyond, according to a former CIA analyst, operations officer, and historian.
The FBI and Secret Service are investigating claims that a high school student hacked the personal email accounts of CIA Director John Brennan and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
A special review by two intelligence agencies confirmed that two emails contained on Hillary Clinton’s personal email system contained “top secret” information at the time they were sent.