The Intelligence and National Security Alliance was established as the Security Affairs Support Association (SASA) in 1979 to bring together professionals in the intelligence field, primarily employees of the National Security Agency, and to help members keep abreast of intelligence and national security community issues. SASA's main office was in Annapolis Junction, Maryland.
"The Intelligence Community should expand its contacts with those outside the realm of intelligence
by creating at least one not-for-profit sponsored research institute."
--The Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction
March 31, 2005
The Intelligence Community was indelibly transformed following the terrorist attacks on 9/11. One of the most significant changes was the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 (part of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004) that led to the creation of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). SASA's Board of Directors voted to change its name so as to better serve the intelligence and national security communities. In November 2005, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) was established to facilitate cooperation, information sharing, and innovation within the IC. With this new mission, INSA began to broaden its membership base, becoming more inclusive of the private and academic sectors. Now serving as a unique venue for collaboration, networking, and dialogue, INSA became an invaluable asset for members of the Intelligence Community seeking answers to the day's most inscrutable technological and policy issues.
In recent years, INSA's prestige in the intelligence and national security fields has grown immensely. In addition to the year-round activities of seven active councils, the publication of over a dozen white papers relating to myriad topics of critical importance to the Intelligence Community have garnered attention, admiration, and calls to action from thought leaders and policy makers on the Hill, in government, and in the private sector. INSA is also well known for its recurring event series, including the William Oliver Baker Award, the Achievement Awards, Leadership Dinners with senior members of the IC, INSA IC Industry Day, Innovators' Showcase, and Intelligence Champions events. With membership growing every year, and the fiscal climate necessitating increased collaboration and innovation, INSA will continue to serve a fundamental need for the Intelligence Community at large.