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Intelligence Studies Project Participates in Task Force on Technology and Intelligence

Jan 15, 2021

The Center for Strategic and International Studies recently released Maintaining the Intelligence Edge: Reimagining and Reinventing Intelligence Through Innovation, the final report of a year-long Task Force convened to study the opportunities and obstacles to integrating emerging technologies into intelligence missions. The Task Force report and a link to the January 14, 2021 (virtual) briefing by the Task Force staff and commissioners is available HERE.

The CSIS Task Force, chaired by former PD/DNI Stephanie O’Sullivan and DNI-designate Avril Haines, included twelve commissioners including ISP Director Steve Slick. The Task Force warned that artificial intelligence will transform the Intelligence Community’s mission, that the primary obstacle to successful innovation and adaptation by the IC is cultural, and that the IC’s failure to adapt its missions, tradecraft, and workforce will erode our IC’s advantage in technology and invite diminished relevance to US policymaking. The ISP Director described the pervasive impact digital technology is already having on human intelligence operations, counterintelligence, and covert action. The Task Force report includes dozens of recommendations for consideration by the incoming administration and congressional oversight committees.

Senior Fellow Jim Golby pens "Now Is a Bad Time to Weaken Civilian Control Over the Military" for Foreign Policy

Jan 13, 2021

"A nonpartisan military under democratic control seemed abstract, something for other nations to worry about. The mob attacks on the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6 are a sudden reminder of just how vital a nonpartisan military really is."

Jim Golby quoted in Defense One article on the open letter affirming the election results from the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Jan 13, 2021

 “It affirms the rule of law, clearly calls out the attack on our Constitutional processes, reminds the force of their duties, and affirms the election outcome. I think it hits exactly the right tone,” Golby said in a quoted tweet by Defense One. 

Senior Fellow Jim Golby quoted in latest from CNN tackling extremism and the military

Jan 13, 2021

"And consider the way special ops are portrayed in popular culture, in movies. There is an identity that [extremist] groups want to have. They want to emulate the way military members dress, the way they carry weapons because that portrays an image of confidence and credibility," said Golby addressing the recruitment of veterans into extremist groups in the latest from CNN. 

Faculty Fellow Sheena Greitens quoted in AP article on the future of the 2021 Olympics

Jan 13, 2021

Sheena Greitens sounds off in "To cancel or not?: IOC, Japan press ahead with Tokyo Games" published in the AP: “I think it highly likely that China will frame the Winter Games ... in terms of China’s successful model of pandemic management and global health leadership”... “I would think that Japanese leaders would be keen to exercise their leadership and burnish their image globally — especially if it can be presented as leading the way into some kind of post-COVID era.”