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John Brennan: CIA Strategic Direction to Focus on Talent, Digital, Modernization & Integration

CIA Director John Brennan has outlined the agency’s strategic direction as it seeks to address developments in the national security landscape, including issues on policy and technology, amid its current cyber-focused reorganization efforts. In his address to the workforce published Friday on the CIA’s website, Brennan said the strategic plan will focus on talent and …

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Nextgov: Michael Johnson Joins Energy Department as CIO

Michael Johnson, formerly assistant director for intelligence programs at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, has been selected as the Energy Department’s new chief information officer, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Frank Konkel writes Johnson will succeed Don Adcock, the department’s interim CIO who took that role in September 2014 following …

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Michael Vickers: DoD Seeks Defense Intell System Transformation to Confront New Threats

The U.S. Defense Department aims to transform its enterprise intelligence system to keep pace with the changing technology landscape and emerging national security threats, DoD News reported Wednesday. Cheryl Pellerin writes Michael Vickers, defense undersecretary for intelligence, highlighted the five areas that will form part of the defense intelligence transformation …

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Gen. Martin Dempsey: US Still Lacking in Cyber-Risk Safeguards

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thinks U.S. government, military and private organizations have not done enough to prevent cyber attacks, DoD News reported Wednesday. Lisa Ferdinando writes Dempsey said he is worried enemies will exploit security weaknesses in critical infrastructure run by civilian operators. …

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NCAFP: Power Struggle on Internet Affecting Sovereignty

A recent National Committee on American Foreign Policy report states that some modern societies are leveraging the Internet as a tool to influence or assert their power and interests over others and undermine sovereignty. In the report published in a 2014 issue of NCAFP’s American Foreign Policy Interests journal, Melissa Hathaway pointed to connected …

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Avril Haines Named White House Deputy Nat’l Security Adviser

CIA Deputy Director Avril Haines will succeed Antony Blinken as deputy national security adviser to President Barack Obama after Blinken’s Senate confirmation as deputy secretary of state, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Jonathan Allen reports that Haines has previously advised the president as deputy counsel for national security at the Office of the White House Counsel before she …

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