Intelligence and National Security Alliance executives Letitia ‘Tish’ Long and Larry Hanauer noted six priorities they believe the U.S. intelligence community should consider addressing to revitalize national security work under a new administration.
Long and Hanauer wrote in a joint opinion piece posted Friday on The Hill that IC leaders should provide government decision-makers with objective analyses that are protected from political influence and promote the deployment of remote technology to help employees establish secure connections to classified systems.
They urged the community to take a proactive approach to address domestic extremism, disease outbreaks, foreign propaganda and other emerging threats; advance the use of open-source data; and diversify its workforce.
Intelligence agencies should broaden collaboration with the private sector, Hanauer and Long added.
“Advanced sensors improve clandestine collection and artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies help the intelligence community make sense of massive amounts of information,” they noted. “Close partnership with industry could streamline protracted acquisition processes and help companies develop solutions to the community’s toughest challenges.”
Long is chairman of INSA, former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and a two-time Wash100 awardee. Hanauer is vice president for policy at INSA.