Tag Archives: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Federal Commission Eyes $32B Annual Spending for AI Research by FY 2026

Artificial Intelligence

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) has submitted its draft report to Congress stating that annual AI research and development spending must reach $32 billion by fiscal year 2026. Eric Schmidt, chairman of NSCAI, said at the group's plenary session that it is vital to take an incremental approach to addressing recommendations detailed in the report.

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ODNI Issues Updated Attorney General Guidelines for Intell Activities; John Ratcliffe Quoted

John Ratcliffe

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has updated guidelines for facilitating intelligence operations in compliance with established U.S. personal information protections. The unclassified AG Guidelines come as part of a multiyear effort to ensure that the intelligence community is consistent in protecting constitutional rights while collecting information across disparate sources.

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Cyber Unified Coordination Group Provides Update on SolarWinds Orion Compromise

Cyber Attack

The FBI, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) issued a joint statement on Tuesday through the newly created cyber unified coordination group (UCG) to provide updates on an advanced persistent threat actor allegedly linked to Russia. 

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Senators Ask FBI, CISA to Provide Details Over SolarWinds Orion Compromise

Cryptocurrency Malware

A group of six senators has called on leaders of the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to respond to several questions with regard to a cyber vulnerability involving SolarWinds’ Orion Network Management products. The letter came days after CISA issued an emergency directive directing all agencies to immediately disconnect SolarWinds Orion products versions 2019.4 to 2020.2.1 HF1. 

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John Ratcliffe on Space Force Becoming Part of US Intelligence Community

John Ratcliffe

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe said the U.S. intelligence community will soon integrate the U.S. Space Force as the 18th member. Ratcliffe made the announcement Wednesday during a National Space Council meeting at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Ratcliffe said his office and the Space Force plan to establish a national space intelligence center. 

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ODNI Names Lora Shiao COO; John Ratcliffe Quoted

Lora Shiao

Lora Shiao, deputy director at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) has been appointed to serve as chief operating officer in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), effective Oct. 12th. "Lora has a strong track record of leading collaboratively across the IC on high-profile topics and fostering a corporate culture of workforce engagement and professional development,” said John Ratcliffe

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Ellen Lord on Defense Industrial Base’s Health, Need for Appropriations

Hon. Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for Acquisition and Sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, discussed the Department of Defense’s (DoD) efforts to track the status of the defense industrial base during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lord said the DLA and DCMA help track approximately 20,000 contractors that are working with the Pentagon.

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Ellen Lord: Pentagon, ODNI in Talks Over Section 889 Waiver Extension

Hon. Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) are in talks over the potential extension of a waiver that would provide defense contractors more time to comply with a new rule that seeks to remove certain Chinese telecommunications equipment from the supply chain.

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OMB Releases Interim Rule to Address IT Supply Chain Security Risks

Office of Management

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued an interim final rule detailing how the Federal Acquisition Security Council will evaluate threat information and recommend issuance of orders to remove or exclude certain products from future procurements or information systems as part of efforts to protect the information and communications technology and services supply chain.

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