Event Details


Thursday, Dec 05, 2019


5:30 pm


Bass Lecture Hall, LBJ School of Public Affairs

U.S. Intelligence: New Challenges and Opportunities

U.S. Intelligence: New Challenges and Opportunities

Thursday, Dec 05, 2019  |  5:30 pm   |  Bass Lecture Hall, LBJ School of Public Affairs

On December 5, 2019, the Intelligence Studies Project, the Strauss Center, Clements Center, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs hosted Andrew Hallman, the Principal Executive at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), for a talk on "U.S. Intelligence: New Challenges and Opportunities." 

Photos of the event can be found here. A video of the event can be watched by clicking here.

Mr. Hallman began with opening remarks that first focused on the importance of the academic community’s contributions to shining an objective light on intelligence practice and theory. Not only does it support the work of the Intelligence Community (IC), it also helps to educate the public on its role. Transparency, he claims, is foundational to earning the public’s trust, which is more important than ever in today’s environment.

Mr. Hallman described the new threat landscape as one that transcends boundaries, where the number, range, speed, and complexity of threats has increased with the global diffusion of power. Our adversaries, he argues, are operating in the seams and gaps to undermine confidence in our democratic institutions. They seek to divide and prevent us from choosing our own destiny. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) was created in the aftermath of 9/11 to close those seams and deliver warning not just to our policymakers, but increasingly to businesses, academia, and foreign partners.

One of the IC’s main responsibilities is to identify vulnerabilities- where adversaries are most likely to attack- and details on who, when, how, and in what domains. This data and analysis are provided to policymakers to make better decisions. In the past, the IC has worked to provide answers to specific questions, but this process is limiting against dynamic threats, and slow to react. The environment has shifted from one of information scarcity to information abundance, partly due to the democratization of technology. Disruption is no longer solely the province of nation states. The job of ODNI, he believes, is to orchestrate the activities of the sixteen member agencies to maximize our competitive advantage and provide stable, strong leadership to the community. This involves planning and program alignment and capacity building.

Several challenges face ODNI and the IC in the coming years. Some are topical like election security; others are more about leading transformational change such as building strong relationships and helping the private sector understand that the IC respects privacy and civil liberties while defending the nation. Another challenge is helping consumers of intelligence products understand insights driven by algorithms as well as modernizing and automating the IC’s core processes like tipping and cueing of assets to enable (not replace) higher human cognition. Finally, he stressed the importance of helping the public be more critical and informed of the threats they face due to disinformation and influence campaigns. In this vein, he expects the IC to set a new norm of engagement with the public, opening up a dialogue with messages authored directly to the people.


Andrew Hallman is serving as ODNI’s Principal Executive and performing the duties and responsibilities of the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence until the position is filled by a Presidential selection. Prior to serving in this role, he was the Deputy Director of CIA for Digital Innovation, responsible for accelerating the integration of digital and cyber capabilities across all of CIA’s mission areas.

From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Hallman was CIA’s Deputy Director of Intelligence for Strategic Programs. In this role he assisted with daily leadership of the Directorate and with oversight of its people and products, paying special attention to a broad range of enduring initiatives—from analytic transformation and global agility to talent management. From 2011 to 2013, he served at ODNI as Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration, where he helped lead the DNI’s efforts to better integrate the Intelligence Community.

Before joining ODNI, Mr. Hallman served as the Director of the Office of Transnational Issues (OTI) at CIA, where he was responsible for leading analysis of global national security challenges and development of advanced analytics. Prior to leading OTI, he served as an intelligence briefer to the President. He was Director of the Office of Iraq Analysis in 2007 and 2008, and Deputy Director in 2006 and early 2007. From 2004 to 2006 he led analysis on South Asia, and he served in the CIA’s Center for Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation and Arms Control from 2001-2004. He was detailed as Executive Assistant to the Director of Intelligence in 2002, after serving in a number of other analytic, operational and policy assignments since entering on duty with the CIA in 1989.

Mr. Hallman earned a Master's degree in International Affairs from American University’s School of International Service in 1986 and Bachelor's degree in Public Affairs Management from Michigan State University in 1984.

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