Mr. Glen Gaffery, DDNI/C
Tells joke explaining why he doesn’t like to stand underneath a podium. He speaks regularly in classified environments where the classification level is listed over the speaker, and frequently his briefings would fall under a Special Access Program… so he would have a sign saying SAP over his head. Hence, he likes to walk around the room while briefing.
What’s the future of collection? Integrated Performance. We do not own the technological advantage that we once did. We are on a more level playing field. The cost per bit of information has dropped substantially, and the cost of entry into the intelligence community has gone down substantially. All you need now is a laptop and a modem to get started.
Moment of silence in a few minutes for the September 11 attacks. He reads a favorite quote that guides him, “dogmas of the quit past are inadequate for our stormy present….as our case is new we must think, and act anew.” (Abraham Lincoln)
We must change the way we think about Open Source. Shows an image of three overlapping circles: HUMINT (agents in the field), Technical Means, and Open Source. Now he shows the new view: It’s not 3 overlapping circles. It shows HUMINT and technical means in the middle with an “information universe” surrounding it consisting of the OSINT universe to include the Intelligence Community, US Government, academic, and international partners.
How does all this affect privacy? We need to think about Intelligence AND privacy, not Intelligence VS. privacy.
Tells anecdote about how he was in a collection operation, they were getting lots of information and reporting it in a traditional manner. They began to think, however, about how they could get better information. So they took a room, wired it up, and went out and brought in a variety of outside analyst and gave them access to the information. They then asked them to think about the data and what you could discern from it. In a space of a couple of months the group grew from 6 to 25. The process evidently went very well, because he said that the experience changed the way he thought about intelligence collections.
He comments on the “double humped camel” phenomenon in the workforce. About 50% of the IC workforce has been here less than 5 years. The other half is getting ready to retire in the next couple of years. How does this impact our ability to build a new infrastructure? How does this impact the cultural change? We’ve got to think differently about how we “mash up” this data. The group on the first hump is in the mashup generation.
We can’t be bound to our individual agency, our individual university. We are bound to the pursuit of truth (we call it “intelligence” inside of this circle). My thought: Would he also argue, since we have international partners here, that we can’t be bound to our individual country? How strong is this push for international partnership? International partnership makes a lot of sense; from the coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan to the challenges listed in Vision 2015 that span international boundaries ( “critical information infrastructures ,disruptions in energy supplies, fragile financial markets ,and climate change-related spread of diseases.” pg. 11) These are all global concerns, and not unique to the United States national interests.
Questions from the audience:
Question: How do you determine “best of breed” open source practitioners?
Answer: I’m not a good judge. How do YOU determine it? How do you work together? It’s not a top down thing. It’s done by practitioners themselves.
Question: How has open source cued other intelligence disciplines?
Answer: Can’t get into specifics. It’s been about pointing to “first order of targeting.” Where do we best apply classified collection? Just because it’s open doesn’t mean its wrong. Open source is the source of first resort.
Question: Why the zealous push for open source by your staff? Is this because congress says it’s a priority?
Answer: (jokes) because they work for a zealot. No, because they’re believers too. Butler: OSC is a no brainer because of the cost/return. Again, cost per bit is falling. We have limited budgets. OSC as a primary source of intelligence in certain key areas.
Question: is there a unique role the academic community can play to support the IC?
Answer: it’s a lot more than support…..
Question: Question apparent indicates distain for Open Sources, and he paraphrases question.
Answer: Good stuff is the truth. Open Source will stand the test of time relative to the truth. Those who feel like its not of value will learn, or they’ll leave the IC. Evolution will take care of this.
Question: Does any of this imply a diminished role for OPSEC and counterintelligence.
Answer: Absolutely not. It’s a maturation of the game. (seemed to contradict himself, yes then no. He also commented that he needed to be careful how he answered this).
My thoughts: The last question was mine. All this sounds like it means a diminished role for Counterintelligence (spy catchers) and Operational Security (OPSEC). The emphasis I’m taking away is on speed, adaptability, outreach, and collaboration. He tried to answer the question, but it sounded like he said yes, then no.Explore posts in the same categories: Uncategorized