APL’s Chief of Intelligent Systems Weighs in on Artificial Intelligence

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BALTIMORE, MD—As chief of the Intelligent Systems Center at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), in Laurel, Maryland, Ashley Llorens is at the nexus of efforts to develop a technology road map and engagement strategy for establishing the Laboratory as a nationally recognized leader and trusted partner in artificial intelligence (AI). His recent appointments to three advisory boards not only have placed the Laboratory at the table with the best minds in AI, he said, but also give APL “the opportunity to contribute to the national discourse around AI while helping to guide our sponsors’ thinking and investments in this emerging area of focus.”

Llorens is one of 22 former senior government officials, industry leaders and academic experts tapped to form the Center for a New American Security’s Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and National Security. Co-chaired by former Deputy Secretary of Defense and APL Senior Fellow Bob Work, and Andrew Moore, head of Google Cloud Artificial Intelligence, the group is examining how the United States should respond to national security challenges posed by artificial intelligence.

Llorens said the task force is part of a larger CNAS effort to explore how the AI revolution could lead to changes in security, global power and the character of conflict. Its members include Jason Matheny, former director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity; Jack Clark, policy director at Open AI; and Tuomas Sandholm, who leads Carnegie Mellon University’s AI initiatives.

“It’s an honor to engage with the top thinkers in the field, and to take the opportunity to articulate the unique needs that the Department of Defense has in terms of technology and policy — to represent APL as a trusted voice,” Llorens said. “It’s also giving us an early look at emerging trends in academia and Silicon Valley.”      Read more

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DIA Director appointed new Deputy Commander for U.S. Cyber Command

Mr. Clapper and General Stewart
General Stewart (DIA) with Mr. James Clapper (DNI)

PENTAGON — Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced that one of the president’s general officer assignment nominations on 19 JUNE 2017 is Marine Corps Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart for appointment and assignment as deputy commander, U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM).  General Stewart is currently serving as the director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Washington, District of Columbia.

CYBERCOM’s mission is to plan, coordinate, integrate, synchronize, and conduct activities to: direct the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks.  CYBERCOM also must prepare to, and when directed, conduct full spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains, ensure US/Allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries.

Since 2009, CYBERCOM has been co-located with the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade, Maryland, sharing personnel, tactics, tools and a director.  Congress recently directed CYBERCOM to become a full unified combatant command. Both organizations, while often times conducting similar activity, are defined under different statutory terms.

CYBERCOM, as a military organization under the chain of command of the secretary of defense, is governed by Title 10 of the United States Code (USC). NSA is an intelligence organization under the scope of Title 50, with Title 10 combat service support (CSS) duties performed when necessary. These two legal distinctions help define and refine specific roles and responsibilities for the organizations that govern them.

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CBCF Hosts Intelligence Community Summit and Career Fair During ALC ’16

WASHINGTON, D.C. (bdpatoday) — The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) hosted an industry outreach summit and career fair for the Intelligence Community (IC) on September 15, 2016, in Washington, D.C. during their 46th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC ’16).  The Summit on Increasing Diversity in the Intelligence Community brought together business leaders, policymakers, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority serving institutions (MSIs) with senior executives from the United States’  intelligence community (IC) to discuss national security challenges and unique opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and mid-career professionals.

IC Diversity Summit

Mr. R. Donahue Peebles (left), CBCF Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, provides closing remarks to this year’s IC Summit and Career Fair.  ALC ’16 IC Summit Moderatiors were (L-R)   U.S. Representative André Carson (D IN-07) and U.S. Representative Terri Sewell (D AL-07) 

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Moderated by U.S. Representative André Carson (D IN-07) and U.S. Representative Terri Sewell (D AL-07), distinguished panelists included Ms. Stephanie O’Sullivan, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI); Mr. John Brennan, Director, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart, USMC, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance; and Mr. Francis Taylor, Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Representatives Carson and Sewell are members of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and are charged with the oversight of the America’s intelligence community, which includes the intelligence and intelligence related activities of 17 elements of the U.S. Government, and the Military Intelligence Program.

This year’s unclassified summit identified community relations, government relations, and public relations as challenges across the IC’s traditional encounters within underserved and minority communities, minority-owned businesses, HBCUs, and minority serving institutions.  With significant STEM, IT, and cybersecurity overtones, the summit also highlighted unique challenges with new pathways forward for undergraduates and institutions to obtain security and facility clearances in direct support of IC programs and missions with DoD/IC agencies, DHS agencies, and their contractors.  Lack of agency spending, corporate sponsorships, champions, and mentors within the IC was cited as contributing factors that historically and disproportionately affected HBCUs, MSIs, and small business engagements.

Dr. Ba-Shen Welch, former Principal Investigator (PI) and Director of Miles College’s Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) participated in the summit’s question and answer session. Over 40 students and staff from Miles College, an HBCU in Fairfield AL, attended this year’s session with Dr. Welch and the Honorable William A. Bell, Mayor of Birmingham. Miles College served as a Center of Academic Excellence by The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) from 2009 to 2013 and currently carries the distinction of “CAE alumni institution”. Miles College is the only institution in the State of Alabama to have received this designation, and there are fewer than 37 other colleges and universities in the nation to have received this designation.

The National Security Agency (NSA) and DHS jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence program. The goal of the program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research and producing professionals with new expertise for the Nation. This year’s panel also addressed exit strategy concerns, mission support, and pathways forward for institutions transitioning from their five-year CAE periods of performance.

Immediately following the panel’s questions and answer segment, participating IC agencies conducted a career fair to introduce students and professionals to immediate IC opportunities. The following agencies presented opportunities to this year’s audience: ODNI, DIA, CIA, NSA, FBI, State Department, DEA, DHS, ONI, and DoD.

Students, professionals, and BDPA Members may visit the IC’s booth, next to National BDPA’s booth, during the ALC ’16 Career Fair this week in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. now through Saturday, September 17, 2016

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(L-R) Ms. Stephanie O’Sullivan, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI); Mr. John Brennan, Director, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart, USMC, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and reconnaissance; and Mr. Francis Taylor, Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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