Robert K. Ackerman

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Ackerman, Robert K. "Imagery Agency Passes the Torch to Commercial Service Providers." Signal, May 1999. []

NIMA "is fielding a team of commercial companies to provide vital geospatial information services to military and civilian government customers. The goal is not only to rapidly obtain various products ranging from basic mapping to detailed geospatial imagery, but also to establish an extensive commercial base of geospatial information services and generate two-way technology transfer."


Ackerman, Robert K. "Information Age Poses New Challenges to Intelligence." Signal, Oct. 1998, 23-25. []

DIRNSA Lt. Gen. Kenneth A. Minihan, USAF, believes that the future of intelligence holds "a completely new technical environment." That future will be characterized by "the shifting of U.S. strategic value from the industrial base to the content of the network-centric information infrastructure. This promises to redefine concepts of security and conflict."


Ackerman, Robert K. "Intelligence Aim Veers to Amassing Overt Information." Signal, Aug. 1993, 37 ff. []


Ackerman, Robert K. "Intelligence Assets Boost Coast Guard Performance." Signal, Sep. 1991, 81 ff. []


Ackerman, Robert K. "Intelligence Center Mines Open Sources." Signal, Mar. 2006. []

This is a lengthy look at the Open Source Center. The OSC "has absorbed the old Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS)," but "exceeds it in both scope and function." The article includes substantial comments from OSC Director Douglas J. Naquin and Eliot A. Jardines, assistant deputy director of national intelligence for open source.


Ackerman, Robert K. "Naval Intelligence Ramps up Activities." Signal, Feb. 2009. []

Clark comment: The online version updates the article carried in the magazine's February issue.

"The U.S. Navy is revamping its intelligence structure with command upgrades and a new set of priorities designed to rebuild naval intelligence. This effort includes the creation of a new maritime intelligence office that will move the Navy out of providing service-specific intelligence fully into the realm of national intelligence....

"The Navy is upgrading the position of director of naval intelligence to vice admiral. Vice Adm. David J. Dorsett, USN, is the new director.... In addition, the Office of Naval Intelligence receives four new subordinate commands: the Nimitz Operational Intelligence Center, the Farragut Technical Analysis Center, the John F. Kennedy Irregular Warfare Center and the Grace Hopper Information Services Center. These four centers will stand up around the end of [February 2009]....

"Out of the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and the U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence Coordination Center (ICC) in Suitland, Maryland, is coming a National Maritime Intelligence Center, or NMIC.... The NMIC director will be responsible to the director of national intelligence. Adm. Dorsett offers that the NMIC will be on par with the National Counterterrorism Center and the National Counterproliferation Center.... The goal is for this new center to have a much broader interagency flavor."

See Regina A. McNamara (CDR/USCG), "Ribbon Cutting Establishes the New Martime Intelligence Center," Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 25, no. 2 (Apr. 2009): 4-5. The NMIC's first Director is RADM Ann Gilbride.

[MI/CG & Navy/00s]

Ackerman, Robert K. "New Flight Plan for Air Force Intelligence." Signal, Mar. 2007. []

A reorganization of Air Force intelligence "was approved by the Air Force chief of staff in December 2006." According to Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, USAF, A-2, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), "[t]he reorganization's goals translate to managing Air Force ISR from a capabilities-based perspective and as a single consolidated functional area, treating Air Force intelligence as a servicewide enterprise and developing a bench of Air Force intelligence general officers for joint and interagency positions."


Ackerman, Robert K. "Special Operations Forces Become Network-Centric." Signal, Mar. 2003. []

According to Brig. Gen. James W. Parker, USA, director of SOCOM's Center for Intelligence and Information Operations, "[n]etwork-centric warfare proved to be a key enabler for U.S. special operations forces to rout the Taliban in Afghanistan.... These forces were empowered by shared situational awareness and robust communications that allowed them to maximize the effects of air and naval support against Taliban positions."


Ackerman, Robert K. "Technology Empowers Information Operations in Afghanistan." Signal, Mar. 2002, 17 ff. []


Ackerman, Robert K. "Transforming Military Intelligence." Signal, Jul. 2003. []

"With intelligence playing a steadily increasing role in military operations, the Defense Department is focusing efforts on ensuring that both communities continue to operate synergistically as they rapidly evolve. A key step in this process is the creation of the new position of undersecretary of defense for intelligence (USDI). The first head of this new office [is] Dr. Stephen A. Cambone.... Cambone emphasizes that his office's charge is to assist the secretary in ensuring that the armed forces have the necessary intelligence capabilities. A related responsibility is to ensure that the DCI has the requisite capabilities in the defense agencies that are part of the intelligence community."


Ackerman, Robert K. "War Brings Intelligence Agency, Military Closer." Signal, Oct. 2002. []

Associate DCI for Military Support at the CIA Lt. Gen. John H. Campbell says that "[i]ntelligence community officials are accelerating efforts to maximize their capabilities supporting military operations.... The community also is working to speed information sharing, dissemination and protection activities as it interoperates more closely with the info-centric force." At the same time, the CIA "is contributing its own assets as an active partner with ground forces in Afghanistan."

[CIA/00s/02/Gen; MI/00s/02]

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