The ability of the nation to know the many threats facing us has never been greater. It has also never been harder to do. Decision-makers in government, industry and even individual citizens are now having their cognitive processes attacked by a wide range of actors who seek to seek to shape our decisions. Traditional geopolitical adversaries like Russia and China are now growing threats that are seeking to deeply penetrate our nation with espionage agents (one report says China may have as many as 25,000 agents in country right now). Terror groups continue to plot against us and are in need of disruption. International criminal elements see the U.S. as the place where the money is and are continuing to find ways to smuggle drugs and slaves into the country. And with the rapid advancement of interconnected technology many of our adversaries are finding news tools to accomplish their objectives.
Meanwhile, U.S. law enforcement, intelligence and defense capabilities are stretched thinner and thinner as they struggle to penetrate adversaries while protecting U.S. citizen liberties at the same time. This is tough.
The yearly Intelligence and National Security Summit, which is pulled together by AFCEA and INSA, is one of the ways the community comes together to help bring focus on challenges like the ones above and work together on collective solutions.
I’ve been involved with AFCEA since 1982, including being a member of their intelligence committee for several terms since 1999 (I am on the committee again now). I’ve been involved with INSA as a member and volunteer since their founding. Both are very good organizations that work hard to further community goals. When they come together for an event like this summit the result is always a success.
This year both OODA and CTOvision are media sponsors of the conference, and we are very proud to be there with them.
Additionally, I’ll be chairing a panel of some of the greatest tech experts in the nation as we discuss the future of technology and how the intelligence community should consider adapting to leverage the best in American technology.
I would love to see you there.
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