INSA created the SMART Change Task Force in late 2010 to provide a forum for stakeholders across the Intelligence Community to discuss and analyze lessons learned during the “peace dividend” years of the 1990s and to explore best approaches for current government budget decisions in a challenging fiscal environment. Under Joan Dempsey, SMART Change I published its May 2011 white paper, “Smart Change: Lessons of the Past, Direction for the Future,” which was applauded by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and was well-received throughout the IC. INSA responded to this strong reception by reconvening the task force in September 2011 to assist and support the DNI, his IC colleagues, industry leaders, and congressional decision makers as they search for timely, creative, and collaborative solutions to IC manpower issues in a time of great fiscal constraints.
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Under the current leadership of Mary Sturtevant (Vice President for Intelligence, Joint and Science & Technology Programs at Lockheed Martin Corporation), the SMART Change II Task Force aims to generate critical debate on strategic workforce planning to examine how shifting resources and mission requirements will create new opportunities and challenges for the IC workforce. To this end, the task force has recently hosted panel sessions and events with senior leaders in the public and private sectors. Based on material from these sessions, the SMART Change II Task Force will continue illuminating IC manpower challenges and putting forth recommendations to help guide stakeholders as they begin shaping the workforce of the future.