Thursday, January 19, 2017

ODNI REPORT: U.S. Counterterrorism Strikes Outside Areas of Active Hostilities 2016-17

Summary of Information Regarding U.S. Counterterrorism Strikes Outside Areas of Active Hostilities

In accordance with the President’s direction and consistent with the President’s commitment to providing as much information as possible to the American people about U.S. counterterrorism activities, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) is releasing today a summary of information provided to the DNI about both the number of strikes taken by the U.S. Government against terrorist targets outside areas of active hostilities and the assessed number of combatant and non-combatanta deaths resulting from those strikes. “Areas of active hostilities” currently include Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ODNI REPORT 2017: Paradox of Progress (Global Trends)

Every four years since 1997, the National Intelligence Council has published an unclassified strategic assessment of how key trends and uncertainties might shape the world over the next 20 years to help senior US leaders think and plan for the longer term.

Monday, January 2, 2017

USA: Joint DHS, ODNI, FBI Statement on Russian Malicious Cyber Activity


December 29, 2016

Joint DHS, ODNI, FBI Statement on Russian Malicious Cyber Activity

On October 7, 2016, Secretary Johnson and Director Clapper issued a joint statement that the intelligence community is confident the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations, and that the disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like and WikiLeaks are consistent with the Russian-directed efforts.  The statement also noted that the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia to influence public opinion there.

Today, DHS and FBI released a Joint Analysis Report (JAR) which further expands on that statement by providing details of the tools and infrastructure used by Russian intelligence services to compromise and exploit networks and infrastructure associated with the recent U.S. election, as well as a range of U.S. government, political and private sector entities.

full report here: Joint Report

Monday, December 26, 2016

USA encryption working group report. Will encryption and privacy become obsolete?

On February 16, 2016, a federal magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued an order requiring Apple, Inc. to assist the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in obtaining encrypted data off of an iPhone related to a 2015 shooting in San Bernardino, California. Apple resisted the order. This particular case was resolved when the FBI pursued a different method to access the data stored on the device. But the case, and the heated rhetoric exchanged by parties on all sides, reignited a decades-old debate about government access to encrypted data.

Thursday, December 22, 2016


Among the new challenges that the Atlantic Alliance has to face in the post-Arab Spring period, terrorism continues to constitute a central thread containing a concoction of problems that have not yet been solved. The new crises arising out of “revolutions” against the regimes in the MENA Region (Middle East and North Africa) have exacerbated already critical situations and heightened their effects. A case in point is illegal immigration and the overall context of social decay in the countries where the “revolutions” started.

report link: NATO Document

Thursday, November 17, 2016

October 2016 terrorism snapshot (DHS Report)

The House Homeland Security Committee has released its November 2016 Terror Threat Snapshot, which details terrorism events and trends in October 2016. Among the key points:  ISIS’ message continues to resonate with American citizens as more extremists plot attacks on American soil and attempt to travel overseas to join the terror group; the threat of the “terrorist diaspora” to the West will continue to grow, particularly as fighters flee from recent offensives in Mosul and Raqqa; Iran continues to take aggressive steps to threaten U.S. interests at home and abroad, particularly in the Gulf.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

UK National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021

The future of the UK’s security and prosperity rests on digital foundations. The challenge of our generation is to build a flourishing digital society that is both resilient to cyber threats, and equipped with the knowledge and capabilities required to maximise opportunities and manage risks.