CIA’s John Brennan: Intell Profession Needs to ‘Flourish’ in Digital Age

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John Brennan
John Brennan

CIA Director John Brennan has said the intelligence profession needs to “flourish” in the digital domain where he says “most human interactions take place,” The Atlantic magazine reported Wednesday.

The digital age “has totally transformed the way we are able to operate and need to operate” and the intelligence profession “can’t avoid it,” Brennan added.

Brennan told contributing editor David Rohde that the information age has created both opportunities and vulnerabilities for espionage and has made government management practices of the 20th century outdated.

“U.S. decision-making processes need to be streamlined and accelerated… Because the problems are not going to wait for traditional discussions,” he said.

Brennan introduced several changes to the CIA in 2015 in an effort to address cyber and terrorist threats, Rhode reports.

These changes include the creation of 10 “mission centers” that seek to promote collaboration among CIA agents, hackers and analysts as well as the establishment of the Directorate for Digital Innovation that aims to leverage use of data analytics, online espionage and other technology platforms, according to the report.

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