January 8th, 2013 by Steven Aftergood
The Director of National Intelligence issued a directive last month prescribing procedures for major system acquisitions by elements of the intelligence community.
The directive defines a multi-phase process for identifying critical needs, evaluating alternative paths to meet those needs, and so forth.
See Intelligence Community Directive 115, “Intelligence Community Capability Requirements Process,” December 21, 2012.
Phi Beta Iota: A sad little document of no value what-so-ever. This is a process for stove-piping that sets no standards for a) assuring that all collection can be processed; b) assuring that all processing collection can be shared; or c) assuring that the IC is moving as quickly as possible toward Open Source Everything (OSE) as well as M4IS2 (Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Shariing and Sense-Making). The DNI and ODNI appear to be distracted, incoherent, largely ineffective, and long over-due for elimination.