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Executive Order 12333

What Does ‘Collection’ Mean? Discretion and Confusion in the Intelligence Community

Just before John Brennan ended his term as director of the CIA in 2017, his agency issued a new set of guidelines under Executive Order (EO) 12333, the general charter that governs the intelligence community. Entitled “Central Intelligence Agency Intelligence Activities: Procedures Approved by the Attorney General Pursuant to Executive Order 12333,” the guidelines received little attention.

Five Eyes

Newly Disclosed NSA Documents Shed Further Light on Five Eyes Alliance

In July 2017, Privacy International and Yale Law School’s Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic (MFIA) filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the State Department, and the National Archives and Records Administration seeking access to records related to the Five Eyes alliance under the Freedom of Information Act.

Cyber Command

Separating NSA and CYBERCOM? Be Careful When Reading the GAO Report

The Government Accountability Office last week published a report that, among other things, weighs in on the pros and cons of the NSA/CYBERCOM “dual-hat” system (pursuant to which the director of the NSA/CSS and commander of CYBERCOM are the same person). The report deserves attention but also some criticism and context. Here’s a bit of all three.

1. What is the “dual-hat” issue?

CYBERCOM

Should NSA and CYBERCOM Split? The Legal and Policy Hurdles as They Developed Over the Past Year

In light of Michael Sulmeyer’s excellent recent piece on splitting NSA and CYBERCOM, which ran at War on the Rocks last week, I want to pull together some of the key legal and policy developments of the past year in a single narrative. My aim is to put them in context with each other in a way that will provide useful background for those new to this issue, while also putting a spotlight on the deconfliction-of-equities issue that the split proposal raises.

Cybersecurity

The Shadow Brokers' "Dump of the Month" Club

Yesterday I was interviewed by NPR about the Shadow Brokers and their relationship to WannaCry. Overall I think it went well, especially since NPR is very comfortable with answers that start with “we don’t know” and then set out the evidence we do know. But I may have been wrong on one significant thing: I thought the Windows tools were the most damaging the Shadow Brokers have to offer.

Intelligence Oversight

Key Provisions in the Intelligence Authorization Act (FY'17)

On November 30th, the House passed H.R. 6393, the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY'17. While it remains to be seen what if anything ultimately emerges at the end of the process, I'd like to highlight some items in the current bill that I found particularly interesting:

- two involve attempts to give SSCI and HPSCI greater awareness of presidential policy directives and MOUs involving the IC;

Cybersecurity

NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers Speaks at the Atlantic Council

This morning, Admiral Michael Rogers, the Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency, spoke at the Atlantic Council on his strategic priorities for 2016. Rogers discussed how cybersecurity and defense fits into the U.S.'s national security strategy, how to deter cyber attacks, and what the future of cyber conflict and cyber power will look like.

You can watch the full event below:

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