NSA Reforms Running on Empty
After long holding a technological edge over its foreign rivals and adversaries, NSA is finding it hard to re-invent itself. [...]
Signals Intelligence, or SIGINT, is the interception of telecommunications that has become an increasingly central part of intelligence-gathering. Depending on the country, SIGINT is carried out by a dedicated agency – such as the NSA in the US or GCHQ in the United Kingdom – or by specific departments in intelligence services – such as the technical departments of France’s DGSE or Germany’s BND. Edward Snowden’s revelations about bulk data collection by the NSA has created mixed feelings about the role of SIGINT in modern society. Since digital communications are increasingly encrypted, SIGINT needs ever more powerful calculators for decryption.
The high visibility of ambassador John Negroponte who took over in April as Director of National Intelligence (DNI) in the American media shouldn’t overshadow the powerful administrative service his principle deputy (DDNI), Air Force general Michael Hayden, is putting together. [...]