“This idea may be formulated as follows. The situation is better now than it was ten years ago; therefore ten years from now it will be better still. I will attempt to show here why I disagree with this notion.”          Andre Amalryk In 1968, Andrei Amalrik wrote “Will the ...

John Edwards spent 20 years at CIA in various operational and leadership positions.  He also spent 12 years in the private sector, working with two start-up companies before returning to CIA a little over three years ago, as the CIO.   In his first public comments since taking on his latest ...

Innovation in Government isn’t generally a phrase that rolls off the tongue, but in a relatively unconstrained threat environment, innovation has become synonymous with survival. A few years ago, the world’s most secretive signals intelligence agency underwent a significant reorganization effort that combined elements of the Agency’s offensive and defensive ...

The United States inherently boasts a creative, risk-taking culture that is inextricably linked to its free enterprise system. And while the federal government has a critical role to play in creating an environment for innovation that advances the common good, it is imperative that private companies, not government bureaucracies, are ...

The Great Powers are in an Artificial Intelligence (AI) arms race. China publicly set a goal of becoming “the world’s primary AI innovation center” by 2030. Vladimir Putin said of AI that whoever “becomes the leader in this sphere will be the ruler of the world." Fortunately, the National Geospatial-Intelligence ...

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity Director Jason Matheny worries a lot about national security risks that probably aren’t headlining many lists of pressing threats to the United States — pandemics, autonomous systems, and strategic nuclear war, to name a few. “We also have a need to protect what’s right now ...

A new DIA effort to attract a wider range of contractors and be nimbler is showing promise despite the hurdles it has to jump. The "iHub" mechanism was instituted in September by Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, the DIA Director, and is aimed at connecting providers directly with DIA officers with ...

In a world where globalization makes it possible for adversaries to compete with American technologies, the United States must consistently innovate and adopt new tools and methods to stay ahead in the national security space.  That was the message at a special panel held at Georgetown University on Monday, called ...

Since Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work discussed the Third Offset at a talk given in January of 2015, the concept has been the focus of numerous discussions and interpretations. It has generally been defined in defense literature as a path to a new and enduring competitive edge over America’s adversaries based ...

Whenever people think about cybersecurity, technology, and innovation, they tend to think about Silicon Valley, but The Cipher Brief asked Bob Stratton, a General Partner at MACH37™, what other regions he is seeing a lot of innovation, or perhaps even the most innovation. Bob Stratton: Interestingly, one of the founding ...

In 2009 I left a job at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and started Siege Technologies. My goal was to fill the vacuum of small, innovative companies building advanced, disruptive technical solutions in offensive and defensive cyber warfare left by recent large corporate acquisitions. The last day at ...

The tech sector is known for its rapid innovation, but that quality is often believed to be absent from the federal government. However, that may not really be the case, as federal research programs often result in innovative products for commercial consumers. The Cipher Brief spoke to Linda Burger, director ...

Although often hamstrung by bureaucratic inefficiency, the U.S. government has achieved considerable success in the field of scientific research. In fact, many indispensible products have been created in government labs, such as GPS navigation and the Internet. The government also produces people who are able to become entrepreneurs or add ...

With advanced robotics, autonomous machines and nimbler space systems on the agenda for the U.S. military, the Department of Defense has turned its attention to Silicon Valley to find the innovation and technology that will define the future of warfare. Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work this week offered a ...

After years of public attention around Bitcoin, its underlying technology—the blockchain—is taking over the discussion with its potential to address fundamental challenges across a number of industries. Proponents discuss blockchain’s potential to revolutionize currency, contracts, ownership verification, and supply chain provenance. But for all the talk about Bitcoin and other ...

Quantum cybersecurity covers the application of quantum technology to enhance cybersecurity. It includes quantum random number generation, which strengthens security through the delivery of stronger keys and other cryptographic objects, and quantum key distribution, which allows for the secure sharing of keys safe from the most sophisticated attacks, including from ...

It seems like drones are everywhere now. They started decades ago as a military tool, but today drones are very much a part of the commercial sector, creating a broad array of serious and novel regulatory challenges for the government. Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) began as military projects, used for ...