Working as a Community

The increasing sophistication of terrorists, international criminals, rogue states, and traditional intelligence threats places a premium on cooperation to solve the problems and address the complex issues confronting the Intelligence Community today.  Increased collaboration among the various Intelligence Community components as well as with the Homeland Security Community has been key to identifying and providing early warning of new, potentially devastating attacks both at home and abroad. Only by moving forward as a Community can the various agencies and departments that protect America hope to achieve the high levels of success that will be required in the future.

The Assistant DCI for Collection (ADCI/C) and the Assistant DCI for Analysis and Production (ADCI/AP) initiated several strategic efforts to develop a more collaborative Community.

  • The ADCI/AP, in concert with the ADCI/C, implemented the National Intelligence Priorities Framework (NIPF), an analytically driven process for establishing and reviewing the Intelligence Community's priorities. The NIPF also helps guide the planning, allocation, management, and evaluation of intelligence resources to maximize the Community's ability to anticipate and satisfy both national and homeland security needs.
  • The ADCI/C and ADCI/AP completed the first assessment of the Community's performance and responsiveness to the NIPF priorities and provided a report to the DCI and National Security Council.
  • At the direction of the DCI, the ADCI/C assumed the leadership of Intelligence Community Multi-Acquisition Program (IC MAP) and conducted a thorough technical and programmatic review.  As a result, the ADCI/C initiated a Tiger Team of senior Community leaders to develop and define the scope, mission, and an implementation strategy for IC MAP.
  • With the support of the collection programs, the ADCI/C recently completed a proof-of-concept demonstration of the National Intelligence Collection Board (NICB) Decision Support System that provided details of collection activities on a subset of NIPF priorities. 

CIA, FBI, DHS, Department of State, and DoD jointly stood-up TTIC to focus the integration, sharing, and collaboration of US Government terrorist threat-related information and analysis. 

  • TTIC embodies the spirit of "Working as a Community," where analysts from across the Intelligence Community, DHS, DoD, Department of State, and DOJ come together to fuse their skills and backgrounds into one inter-agency and inter-disciplinary team.
  • TTIC has unprecedented access to terrorist threat-related information to give this diverse team the raw material it needs to form a comprehensive picture of the terrorist threat to US interests at home and abroad.
  • In August 2003, TTIC launched TTIC Online—a classified and secure web-based community-of-interest that makes terrorist-related information available to 2,600 analysts across the federal counterterrorism community.  A planned second version of TTIC Online will provide data at a lower classification to tens of thousands of intelligence, law enforcement, homeland security, and military personnel.
  • In collaboration with the FBI and DHS, TTIC formed an Information Sharing Program Office to address policy impediments to information sharing across the federal government.  TTIC is leading an interagency effort to establish standards for "tear-line" use and format to allow broader sharing of relevant information while protecting sources and methods.

CIA also undertook significant efforts to expand information sharing inside and outside the Intelligence Community.  CIA doubled the number of US Government agencies and departments with electronic access to CIASource, which contains sensitive analysis and reporting, and published finished intelligence electronically on Intelink-S to provide greater access and ease of use for customers without access to more highly classified networks.

  • A weekly interagency working group, chaired by CIA, served as the Intelligence Community's lead on the SARS outbreak.  This group participated in several conferences and working groups chaired by the Institute of Medicine and the State Department.
  • CIA deployed the IN-SPIRE visual-oriented text-processing and analysis capability on the FBI production computer network for use by FBI intelligence, counterterrorism, and counterintelligence analysts. 
  • The Intelligence Technology Innovation Center and CIA delivered "triage quality" statistical machine translation tools in Somali, Hindi, and Arabic, providing the Intelligence Community reader sufficient translations to determine whether the foreign language source material is relevant to an information need. 
  • The Intelligence Community supported the Army's Language and Speech Exploitation Resources (LASER) Advanced Concepts Technology Demonstration (ACTD) program on the Optical Word Recognition (OWR) project.  OWR employs optical correlation technology to search scanned images of paper documents in any language, including Arabic script, for keywords, signature blocks, logos, etc.  OWR also performs language identification and can search degraded documents that cannot be processed using other available OCR technology.
  • CIA provided an officer to participate on a new subcommittee on social, behavioral, and economic sciences.  The subcommittee is intended to advise and assist the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Science and the Committee on Homeland and National Security.  CIA involvement has augmented basic and applied research and development efforts relating to deception and counterterrorism activities in order to enhance both homeland security and national security.
  • The Joint Intelligence Virtual University (JIVU), developed by DIA in conjunction with other Intelligence Community members, made significant contributions in providing intelligence training in support to the war on terrorism and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  JIVU partnered with NSA to provide foreign language refresher and enhancement training to Intelligence Community personnel.  In FY 2003, 3,065 personnel completed 171 different courses on JWICS, and 1,058 personnel completed 164 different courses on the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet).
  • The ongoing implementation of the Intelligence Community Enterprise Architecture (IC EA) has resulted in an Intelligence Community-wide framework that unifies information technology (IT) investments and mission architectures across the entire Community. The Intelligence Community System for Information Sharing (ICSIS), the Community's implementing program for the IC EA, enables the sharing of critical intelligence information across all elements of the Intelligence Community and the dissemination of intelligence information to both traditional and non-traditional customers including the Homeland Security Community.  With ICSIS as its common infrastructure, the Intelligence Community can securely and rapidly respond to new and evolving information sharing needs across all intelligence disciplines.
  • The Intelligence Science Board (ISB) completed—or has underway—studies in the following areas: Quantum Cryptography, Passive Coherent Location, Intelligence Community S&T Analysis Capabilities, Trusted Information Sharing, Space-Air Integration, Privacy-Technology Interplay, Counter Denial and Deception, Public-Private Partnerships, Hyperspectral Intelligence, and Effectiveness of Analytic Teams.
  • The Intelligence Community actively supported efforts by the National Security Space Architect to bring together all affected agencies to develop future cross-departmental architectures designed to integrate terrestrial, maritime, and aerospace capabilities to satisfy specific mission needs while reducing the number of duplicative systems.


Posted: May 01, 2007 09:34 AM
Last Updated: Jan 03, 2012 12:56 PM