The 2019 DoDIIS Worldwide Conference, which begins Monday, comes at a time of transition for the intelligence community.
There's a new acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, named to the post after the two previous top officials recently stepped down. Change is the context for the largest conference for the intelligence IT community, which runs through Wednesday in Tampa, Fla., home of U.S. Central Command.
Other speakers include Army Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley Jr., director of the Defense Intelligence Agency; Vice Adm. Matthew Kohler, the Navy’s top information warfare officer; John Sherman, the intelligence community CIO; and Army Lt. Gen. Karen Gibson, the deputy director of national intelligence for national security partnerships.
The DIA, which sponsors the conference, describes DoDIIS on the event’s website as “an immersive event designed to bring together a global consortium of IT professionals with shared interests, including the future of IT, information sharing, data and global security.”
IC Focuses on Improving Data Integration and Analysis
The theme of the conference, “Resiliency, Redundancy and Security: Adapting to Asymmetric Threats,” resonates within the intelligence community, especially in light of the continuing effects of the 9/11 attacks, which many in the IC felt could have been predicted.
“At its core, 9/11 was a data and integration problem,” Sherman said at the 2018 conference. “We had many pieces of the puzzle, but we weren’t able to put them together in time.”
Sessions at the conference will focus on the need for bigger and better data integration and analysis, with discussions on ways to integrate artificial intelligence into data analysis and an update on the DIA’s Machine-Assisted Analytic Rapid-Repository System (MARS). They will also include discussions of the IC’s special cybersecurity needs and ways to manage risk from the supply chain.
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