The DDI’s formation implies that the CIA is increasingly bent on securing 21st century relevance on the overall American spying landscape, where other agencies — namely the cyber- and electronic-surveillance-focused National Security Agency (NSA) — have emerged as dominant shapers of U.S. intelligence policy.
ROBERT STEELE: CIA means well, no question, but it probably has not occurred to CIA that 98% of what we need to know is not digital and not in English and not published. I was actually among those responsible for digital innovation within the CIA’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) in 1986, leading Project George (DDO) and Project Tess (DDI), and what I learned, sadly, is that the CIA simply cannot handle open, digital, agile, or innovation. I am pretty sure that can not changed in the 25 years they have chosen to ignore all intelligence reform suggestions. As with NSA and the NGA, going through the motions will be the order of the day. What we need is an Open Source Agency under diplomatic and development auspices but funded by and responsive to defense. It would create both a United Nations Open Source Decision-Support Information Network (all humans in all languages) and investments in open source technologies starting with energy, water, shelter, and food.
UN Paper: Beyond Data Monitoring – Achieving the Sustainability Development Goals Through Intelligence (Decision-Support) Integrating Holistic Analytics, True Cost Economics, and Open Source Everything