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. [...]
The National Security Agency (NSA) is the US intelligence agency responsible for interceptions, collecting massive quantities of data and monitoring communications globally. The NSA has one of the biggest budgets of all the US intelligence agencies.
To make up for a shortage of linguists, the American military intelligence agencies are devoting huge sums to recruiting translators and interpreters in the private sector, and those contracts represent not only a financial bonanza for the Pentagon's sub-contractors but [. [...]
American intelligence agencies are faced with a highly paradoxical situation. They have never had access to a greater mass of information coming from every corner of the world: tetrabytes of data pulled directly from the computers of airlines, banking systems, [. [...]