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DoD’s Marcel Lettre Calls for Integration Among Intell Agencies, Innovation With Industry

Marcel Lettre
Marcel Lettre

Defense intelligence undersecretary Marcel Lettre has called for intelligence agencies to increase their collaborations with goals that include increased agility and integration, GovExec reported Friday.

Charles Clark writes Lettre told agency and industry professionals at a Intelligence and National Security Alliance banquet that he also urges the next administration to standardize the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise data sharing effort.

Lettre said the ICITE project is set to go official around the end of President Barack Obama’s term and expand from six intelligence agencies toward to the military services as well, according to the report.

He added that the IC currently seeks new technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and miniaturization to help counter threats in support of DoD’s third offset strategy, Clark reports.

Lettre also highlighted the importance of targeting innovation with industry and added that DoD has already reached out to industrial partners to share technical expertise, FCW reported Friday.

Aisha Chowdhry writes that the IC also works to drive dialogue with Silicon Valley and accelerate the procurement process.

“We need to be thinking very creatively [about] how to access that innovation in a way [that] reflects the need for agility and flexibility and adaptability that’s going to be necessary,” Lettre said at the event, according to the report.

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