Intelligence agencies declassified evidence on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine after pressure from policymakers. “First for our friends, then for the public,” Stacey Dixon, who is the US deputy director in charge of the nationwide intelligence, said on 26th April at the 2022 GEOINT Symposium, which may be found here. “As the battle has raged on, commercial industry has permitted such sharing and has continued to inform the general public.”
“Not only because we require to do so in order to advance our craft further, although also since new applications and systems allow us the opportunity to do so,” Dixon said of the necessity to merge intelligence datasets like geographic information, alerting intelligence, and human intelligence prior to the procedure. We need to eliminate the large bulk of manual searching which is currently required across methods by actively and swiftly resolving entities as well as events based on everything that has now been recognized.”
Dixon also stressed the importance of authorities and the market working together to make datasets compatible.
For the intelligence community, this means increasing transparency by achieving the appropriate balance amongst safeguarding sources and strategies, as well as sharing information with partners and the community, as businesses did when Russia attacked Ukraine.
“We who are in the intelligence community moved outside of our comfort zone as well as used our current procedures to clear information which can be transmitted on a scale never seen before,” Dixon said. “Commercial GEOINT effectively offered people the ability to observe for themselves.”
As intelligence agencies continue to push outside their comfort zones, the private sector must consider the right balance between “proprietary, closely-held equipment, resources, and technology” and “all those that can be exchanged overtly in ways that facilitate interoperability,” according to Dixon.
Because of the significant financial investments that corporations have built, achieving that equilibrium will be difficult, according to Dixon.
“In order to incorporate the data and providers you supply into our intelligence cycle; it is essential to be able to mix them. The systems you create for and with us should be able to deal with facts and data in order to create benchmarks that allow for this integration.”
Dr. Dixon has more than 18 years of intelligence expertise and has served at the highest levels of the Intelligence Community. From 2019 until 2021, Dr. Dixon was the ninth Deputy Director of the NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency), where she aided the Director in leading the agency and overseeing the National System for Geospatial Intelligence.