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May
5
Marko Hakamaa
CIA Director Leverages New Talent to Track “Digital Dust”
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CIA Director John Brennan outlined the 21st century challenges facing his agency and the organizational changes being made to address these challenges at a recent dinner event in front of 500 guests of the Intelligence Community. Among the changes currently being implemented were two key additions to the agency:

  • Establishment of the Talent Development Center of Excellence which will promote and improve workforce development of incoming and current CIA employees.
  • Standing up of the Directorate of Digital Innovation Directorate which will focus on strengthening expertise and understanding of digital and cyber capabilities, modernize business practices, and integrate the CIA’s mission center capabilities.

Among the most interesting comments, made by Mr. Brennan was that the CIA was attracting and leveraging new talent who grew up with technology and social media and use them to adapt current intelligence gathering methodologies and exploit open source information for use against our adversaries. Mr. Brennan stated:

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Apr
20
Marko Hakamaa
How Classified Systems Apply to NASA Missions and National Security
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When we think of NASA the first thing that comes to mind is astronauts, rockets, and space. National security certainly is not in the forefront when we think of landing on the moon. However, declassified documents from various intelligence and DoD agencies are quite interesting and show that NASA has quite regularly used classified information or technology systems in order to accomplish many historical missions.

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Apr
16
Marko Hakamaa
Security Clearance Reciprocity Does Not Apply to Secret Service Jobs
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So you have a Top Secret clearance and want to apply for a Secret Service position that requires the same or lower level of clearance; no problem under the rules of reciprocity, right? Wrong! The Secret Service is one of the few exceptions when it comes to an agency being required to accept the security clearance decisions of other agencies.

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Jan
7
Marko Hakamaa
Does Cosmic Top Secret = Access to the Secrets of the Universe?
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U.S. military personnel and government contractors support operations all over the world, and quite of a few of them work hand in hand with one or more of the 26 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries. Some of this work involves information that is classified, thus the appropriate level of clearance must be granted. Does that mean in order to get access you have to undergo another background investigation? The answer is no. Each country is responsible for ensuring their personnel are vetted and investigated at the appropriate level before being granted access to classified information. They must also follow the NATO Security Agreement that outlines the rules for clearance and access to NATO classified information The security office for each nation provides the clearance information to NATO for input into a central registry, however, before being granted access to NATO classified information, you must first undergo a NATO security briefing. Here are the different types of NATO classifications and what they mean:

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