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Rethinking the President’s Daily Intelligence Brief

Bringing New Tools to the White House
Rethinking the President’s Daily Intelligence Brief

C. Lawrence Meador and Vinton G. Cerf

The PDB—as reflected in actual printed products and the person-to-person interactions between PDB recipients and intelligence briefers—has evolved over the decades into an exquisitely choreographed effort. The recent limited and experimental use for this purpose of an electronic tablet and the potential to leverage advances in visualization and other powerful hardware and software applications presents a potential new chapter for the PDB. The expanded use of these technologies has dramatic implications for those who create, deliver, and use the PDB, with exciting possibilities for the establishment of even more intimate and effective IC engagement with top-level leaders.

C. Lawrence Meador is Chairman, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Advisory Board, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and CEO, MGI Strategic Solutions. Vinton G. Cerf is President, Association for Computing Machinery, and Vice President at Google. Both have served in consulting capacities for the US government.

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Posted: Feb 12, 2014 11:13 AM
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