CIA's Andrew Hallman Discusses Digital Futures at FedTalks 2019

June 17, 2019

On Wednesday June 5th, Deputy Director of the CIA for Digital Innovation, Andrew Hallman, joined other public and private sector tech leaders at FedScoop’s ninth annual FedTalks to discuss a number of hot topics in the world of digital futures. In the conversation, Andrew covered the need for agile adaption of intelligence tradecraft to compete more effectively in an increasingly complex threat landscape, intersection of innovation and security, and CIA’s commitment to strengthening its digital acumen.

Andrew also discussed the role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in enabling higher order human cognition and intelligence tradecraft. He noted the role of these tools as “enabling the human mind” to help officers focus on their highest value activities. From the automation of routine tasks to the rapid exploitation of data, pattern recognition, and predictive analytics, these tools, he noted, are intended “to allow officers to do what they do best in their intelligence tradecraft.”

When asked how CIA manages to promote innovation within the top secret world of national security, Andrew admitted that “historically, the Agency, like most other government organizations, has viewed security as an obstacle to the assimilation of advanced technology.” Andrew highlighted that, in fact, “security and innovation are inextricably linked” and that our counterintelligence and security officers are “indispensable partners to our collective intelligence tradecraft.”

Watch the full video above to learn more about how CIA stays on the cutting edge of technological innovation, and how we adapt to an ever-changing global threat landscape.

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