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Intelligence of the Future? Autonomous Systems in the Intelligence Community: Many Possibilities and Challenges

Intelligence of the Future?

Autonomous Systems in the Intelligence Community: Many Possibilities and Challenges

Jenny R. Holzer, PhD, and Franklin L. Moses, PhD

From its earliest days, the Intelligence Communicty has constantly sought new technologies for intelligence gathering, for counterintelligence activities, and for improvements in analyzing and interpreting large amounts of diverse data. These new technologies ideally would be capable of a number of things:

  • gathering information from adversaries in inaccessible areas;
  • overcoming efforts of adversaries to deny US and allied access to sources of critical information;
  • protecting IC systems and networks that contain sensitive information;
  • deterring the efforts of others to acquire US information; and
  • providing the bases for effective and timely security decision- and policymaking.

This article discusses “autonomous technologies” that promise to make humans more proficient in addressing such needs. Although literature in the field is inconsistent in defining the technology and its components, autonomous systems generally are those that take actions automatically under certain conditions. Put another way, they can be thought of as self-governing systems capable of acting on their own within programmed boundaries.

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Posted: Apr 24, 2015 12:56 PM
Last Updated: Apr 24, 2015 12:56 PM