INSA In the News

Homeland Security Today highlights SPRC white paper
June 3, 2015, Homeland Security Today
As foreign countries gain more sensitive information about U.S. government personnel via data breaches, the risk of coercion and blackmail grows. To address this potential threat, Security Policy Reform Council chair Charlie Allen and vice chair Kathy Pherson discuss the urgent need for continuous monitoring and evaluation of security-cleared personnel.

WashingtonExec spotlights INSA’s Cyber Intelligence Task Force
June 2, 2015, WashingtonExec
WashingtonExec interviewed Cyber Intelligence Task Force co-chair John Felker of HP to discuss how agencies and contractors can prepare to meet cyber challenges through strategic analysis and risk management. The interview featured the task force’s series of white papers on the operational levels of cyber intelligence.

In Photos: The 31st William Oliver Baker Award Dinner
Photographers from DC Hot Spots (Facebook gallery) and The Scene Bisnow DC were on hand to capture the festivities at the Washington Marriott Marquis on Friday, June 5. Did you strike a pose? You just might be in there!

John Brennan's [r]evolutionary plan for the CIA
May 4, 2015, FedScoop
For the CIA, taking a 21st century approach to intelligence collection is an exercise in radical culture change. But it is a necessary evolution that, in large part, is being driven by the spread of technology around the world.

CIA Chief Says Overhaul Puts Spies and Analysts 'Cheek by Jowl'
April 29, 2015, GovExec
“In the workforce initially there was ‘anxiety that some of the analysis might be corrupted,’ he told a mostly contractor audience with the nonprofit Intelligence and National Security Alliance. But a survey to which 4,000 employees responded ‘was very positive,’ and the new setup—10 centers, six regional and four functional—promises to be ‘a force multiplier,’ he said.”

CIA's John Brennan Says Intelligence Agencies Must Evolve
April 29, 2015, Washington Wire (by The Wall Street Journal)
“Mr. Brennan appealed for help from the industry group in his effort to convince the public and U.S. lawmakers not to curb controversial tactics that the U.S. intelligence agencies employ to try to monitor emerging threats.”

Terry Roberts - D.C.'s Top 50 Women in Tech 2015
March 31, 2015, FedScoop
INSA Cyber Council co-chair Terry Roberts has been recognized as one of “D.C.’s Top 50 Women in Tech” for 2015 by FedScoop. Congratulations, Terry!

Women in Defense Careers – How to be Heard
March 13, 2015,
Ellen McCarthy, former INSA president and current Director of Plans and Programs for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, spoke with about how women can advance their careers in the defense industry. “I think we all have to admit there are times when we don’t feel like we’re heard,” McCarthy said in an accompanying article. “And I think we need to learn what it takes to be heard.”

Ten Years After ODNI, Why Intelligence Needs More People, Money and Trust
March 12, 2015, Defense One 
The takeaway from INSA’s March 3 symposium on Intelligence Community integration “was that today’s complex international environment requires an even more agile and effective [IC] staffed by the nation’s best and brightest,” said INSA President Joseph DeTrani in his latest editorial. “And although terrorism will continue to require the IC’s keen focus, more attention and resources must be devoted to cyber-related issues and the regional and country-specific challenges affecting our nation’s security.”

Clapper Touts Progress at Integrating Intelligence Community
March 4, Government Executive 
GovExec’s Charlie Clark recaps the highlights INSA’s March 3 symposium, A Decade of IC Integration and the Challenges Ahead, including quotes from the keynote speakers, U.S. Senator Susan Collins and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. For more, see Former DNI Mike McConnell: Build a ‘Department of Cyber’ from Breaking Defense.

DeTrani: Cybercrime a threat to nation states
February 23, 2015, Asia Times
“Only when nation states sign up to [international] protocols and are held accountable to ensure that cyber criminals operating from locations in their countries will be pursued and prosecuted, working in a transparent manner with those states who were the targeted by these cyber criminals, will we see progress in defeating cyber crime,” says INSA President Ambassador Joseph DeTrani in his latest editorial.