Waterman, Shaun. "New Chief of US Spy Satellite Agency Named." United Press International, 25 Jul. 2005. [http://www.upi.com]
Donald Kerr will become NRO director in August 2005. Defense Secretary Rumsfeld made the appointment "with ... the agreement" of DNI John Negroponte. Previously, Kerr was the CIA's deputy director for science and technology. Prior to that, he was an FBI assistant director responsible for its Laboratory Division. He directed the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1979 to 1985.
Waterman, Shaun. "New CIA Head Spy Will Get New Powers Over Other Agencies." United Press International, 17 Sep. 2007. [http://www.upi.com]
Michael Sulick, the new head of the National Clandestine Service, "is in charge of setting standards and practices for the recruitment and vetting of human sources for all the U.S. intelligence agencies. And he will have a new role in the development of human source rules by domestic law enforcement agencies like the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security."
In March 2007, CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden "established a Board of Governors for human intelligence, made up of senior officials from 21 U.S. agencies and departments, including those that 'use clandestine methods or tradecraft to pursue law enforcement ... missions.'" The Board "will oversee ... a new multiagency center established by the clandestine service's deputy director for cross-agency human intelligence, Maj. Gen. Michael Ennis.... By July, at the board's second meeting,... membership had grown to 31, including the departments of Justice, State, Commerce, Homeland Security, Energy and Defense, and the FBI."
Waterman, Shaun. "NSA's New Info Sharing Research Project." United Press International, 25 Aug. 2006. [http://www.upi.com]
Portland, Oregon-based Swan Island Networks, Inc., has been chosen "to design and build a sophisticated platform that will allow counter-terrorism information -- including personal data about Americans -- to be securely shared in a variety of ways that reflect and respect the different rules in place in different agencies to protect individual privacy and information security.... Under the terms of the deal, a so-called Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, Swan Island's two-dozen employees will work alongside engineers from the NSA's Information Assurance Directorate both in Portland and at the agency's headquarters in Fort Meade, MD."
Waterman, Shaun. "Replacement of Boss Spells Delay for Information Sharing Project." United Press International, 7 Feb. 2006. [http://www.upi.com]
The departure of John Russack, the official charged with creating the Information Sharing Environment (ISE), "has highlighted the lack of progress on the issue." Russack "leaves amid concerns that the creation" of ISE "has been stalled by turf struggles and bureaucratic inertia.... There was broad agreement that Russack had been in a difficult ... situation more or less from the outset." The key issue was the decision to place the position in the DNI's office, "rather than in the executive office of the president, where congress had sited it in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004."
Waterman, Shaun. "'Spiral Development' Strategy for US Tech." ISN Security Watch, 9 Jan. 2007. [http://www.isn.ethz.ch]
Dale Meyerrose, the DNI's chief information officer, told ISN Security Watch on 8 January 2007 that he is seeking to "revolutioniz[e] the way the government buys computers and software." He is pushing a "new strategy called 'spiral development.'" See also, Shaun Waterman, "A Litmus Test for U.S. Information-Sharing." United Press International, 10 Jan. 2007.
Waterman, Shaun. "Spy Chief's Spokesman Quits after 3 Months." United Press International, 11 Aug. 2007. [http://www.upi.com]
The DNI's chief of media relations, Stephen Shaw, "has quit after just three months" in the job. At least two other of the DNI's public affairs posts remain vacant.
Waterman, Shaun. "State Fusion Centers Will Be Hubs of New Information Sharing Network." United Press International, 24 Nov. 2006. [http://www.upi.com]
According to Ambassador Thomas McNamara, program manager for the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) in the DNI's office, a new plan "will use state police-run intelligence fusion centers as the hubs for a national network of officials from different agencies and levels of government sharing information about terrorism."
Waterman, Shaun. "U.S. Agencies Set Up YouTube for Spies." United Press International, 19 Mar. 2008. [http://www.upi.com]
"U.S. intelligence agencies have set up a series of secure Web sites on which analysts and other officials can post and view videos -- a YouTube for spies."
Waterman, Shaun. "U.S. Central Command 'Friending' the Enemy in Psychological War -- Software Helps Crack Terror Cells." Washington Times, 1 Mar. 2011. [http://www.washingtontimes.com]
According to documents and U.S. officials, the Tampa-based U.S. Central Command "recently bought a special computer program that troops use to create multiple fake identities on the Internet. The military uses the fictitious identities to infiltrate groups and in some cases spread disinformation among extremist organizations such as al Qaeda and the Taliban with the goal of disrupting their operations."
Waterman, Shaun. "U.S. Diplomat Pleads to Secrecy Charges." United Press International, 12 Dec. 2005. [http://www.upi.com]
Donald Keyser pleaded guilty on 12 December 2005 "to mishandling classified documents and lying about his relationship with a Taiwanese intelligence officer." He is scheduled for sentencing in February 2006. According to a plea agreement, Keyser had a personal relationship between 2002 and 2004 with "Isabelle Cheng, an employee of [Taiwan's] espionage agency, the National Intelligence Bureau."
Waterman, Shaun. "U.S. Intelligence's New Data-Mining Program Looks Like Axed TIA." United Press International, 27 Oct. 2006. [http://www.upi.com]
ODNI contractors are "developing a computer system capable of data-mining huge amounts of information about everyday events to discern patterns that look like terrorist planning." The new system will "attract controversy because of its similarity to the Total Information Awareness or TIA program." Congress cut all funding to TIA in 2003, because of privacy and civil liberties concerns.
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