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James Clapper: Intell Community ‘Doing Business with Less Resources’

James Clapper
James Clapper

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he is seeing increased activity by the intelligence community despite budget cuts that limit its resources, SIGNAL Magazine reported Sept. 1.

Robert Ackerman writes DNI looks to new sensing technologies, phenomenologies, detection systems, automated data analysis tools, Internet of Things-supported intelligence networks, biometrics and cross-platform exploitation to meet intelligence challenges.

“Even with the cuts, there are still some things we’re trying to protect and invest in,” Clapper told the publication.

“We’re going to have to figure out how to do business with less resources—that’s for sure,” he said.

Clapper also told the magazine that the government is in talks with the public, media, Congress and foreign organizations to address calls for transparency.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence  has also initiated the cloud-based Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise detection system to monitor activities of intelligence personnel, Ackerman reports.

The system works to put labels to data so that managers will be able to identify with whom information is being shared, according to the report.

“To take it to the next level, we need a single unitary information technology enterprise with the attendant security enhancements built into it,” Clapper told the publication.

The report quoted the director as saying personnel is foremost in the intelligence community’s list of requirements amid budgetary woes.

“We must continue to bring in the great people that we’ve been able to bring in, particularly since 9/11, to join the intelligence community,” Clapper added.

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