A strategic futurist, Zachery Tyson Brown (Founder, Consilient Solutions) sees the problems that currently exist in the U.S. national security structure and recognizes the need for change. The intelligence and national security systems that are operating now originated in the Cold War Era and are too rigid to adapt to the new threat landscape. Mr. Brown feels that we are at a pivotal moment in American history, making this the perfect opportunity to rethink and modernize our long-term strategies and goals.
In the August 18 conversation with INSA Vice President for Policy Larry Hanauer, Mr. Brown said the U.S. national security system needs to acknowledge that current threats are far more diverse and expansive than they have been in the past. By working more closely with policymakers, he believes federal agencies could become more adaptive and resilient when it comes to coping with 21st century challenges.
One way in which the IC can do this, he noted, is to shift its value proposition from information-sharing to sense-making. In other words, greater access to open source intelligence no longer allows the IC to be the exclusive possessor of information. Instead, the IC should embrace its ability to piece together intelligence into a story that can help policymakers better understand what is going on in the world. This human expertise is what the Intelligence Community needs to leverage to stay ahead of its adversaries. Throughout the conversation, noted one attendee, Mr. Brown offered an "enlightening perspective on how the IC should or could run in the 21st Century."