[ISN] DIA chief warns of tech threats

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Date: Thu Feb 13 2003 - 23:28:27 PST

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    By Matthew French 
    Feb. 12, 2003
    The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) warned the
    Senate this week that the threats to America are going to become more
    diverse and technologically complex as the decade progresses.
    Vice Adm. Lowell Jacoby, addressing the Senate Select Committee on
    Intelligence Feb. 11, said that the ubiquity of many technologies and
    the increased accessibility to information on the Internet has
    somewhat leveled the playing field between the United States and
    terrorist organizations and smaller nations that would do this country
    "New vulnerabilities, interdependencies and capabilities are being
    created in both advanced and less-developed states," he said. "The
    globalization of 'R&D-intensive' technologies is according smaller
    countries, groups and individuals access to capabilities previously
    limited to major power
    The likelihood of attacks against the U.S. information or power
    infrastructure, coupled with a computer attack, is ever increasing,
    Jacoby said. The open nature of American society and ease with which
    technology and information move around the globe make
    counterintelligence and security difficult.
    "Adversaries recognize our reliance on advanced information systems
    and understand that information superiority provides the U.S. unique
    advantages," he said. Attacks against information nodes and computer
    networks "are relatively inexpensive, can have a disproportionate
    impact on a target, and offer some degree of anonymity.
    "I expect this threat to grow significantly over the next several
    Jacoby warned that the defense intelligence committee is being
    stretched too thin and is being forced to sacrifice longer-term
    capabilities in order to respond to current situations.
    He concluded by saying that increasing the intelligence transformation
    process will be the centerpiece of his tenure as DIA's director. That
    process, he said, is "intended to improve our capability to provide
    strategic warning, facilitate better effects-based campaigns, provide
    greater insights into adversaries' intentions, improve preparation of
    the intelligence and operational battlespace, and more effectively
    support homeland defense."
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