New Strategies to Build an Intelligence Community for the Future

April 2021
Topics: Intelligence After Next, Intelligence Analysis, Counterintelligence
Threats against our nation are constantly evolving. To effectively recognize and respond to them the intelligence community needs to evolve as well. MITRE experts provide strategies for moving forward.
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The start of a new presidential administration requires all federal agencies to produce a new strategic plan within one year. Leaders across government, including the Intelligence Community (IC), look to organizations like MITRE for innovative ideas to shape thought, dialogue, and action as they develop the plans, policies, and programs to guide the nation.

“We have unique policy and operational perspectives, along with an open mind about research and what’s possible,” says MITRE’s Phil Roberts, managing director for intelligence analysis. He and Cheryl Clopper, our intelligence analysis chief engineer, co-led an effort to develop a series of unclassified, publicly accessible papers about future strategies for the IC. “Our unique vantage point—our ability to approach this without an agenda—helps us establish thought leadership in this area.

“These papers also gave our employees the opportunity to give voice to ideas they believe will help the IC that are separate from the projects they work on every day.”

Complex Threats, Evolving Analysis

The resulting Intelligence After Next series of papers by experts from across MITRE presents pioneering views and strategies for improving intelligence analysis in the 2020s and beyond. The experts’ ideas focus on addressing significant national security concerns and persistent or emerging threats. The authors also propose using integrated solutions and enabling technologies to help ensure the success of the IC’s analytical community in the post-COVID-19 world. The collection currently includes:

“We’re seeing these topics become part of the discussion around our nation’s intelligence strategy for the next four years,” says Roberts. “It demonstrates the close partnership we have with the Intelligence Community and the valuable insights MITRE can offer to the IC leadership team.”

Eli Niewood, MITRE’s vice president of intelligence and cross-cutting capabilities, agrees. “The world is changing. The IC needs to change with it or risk losing its edge, or even becoming irrelevant. MITRE is uniquely positioned to help the IC implement that change, and the ‘Intelligence After Next’ papers are helping to do that.”

—by Kay M. Upham

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