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[] DIA-Chef warnt vor Tech-Bedrohungen,

DIA chief warns of tech threats

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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