Inside the IC

Inside the IC explores how U.S. intelligence agencies are adapting to 21st century challenges. The show features interviews with intelligence community leaders and experts about their most pressing issues involving technology, workforce, and management.


Latest Podcasts / Episodes

  • The intelligence community has made strides in recent years across a range of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility metrics. But the IC’s latest demographic report shows that intel agencies still lag behind the broader federal…
    November 16, 2022
  • Congress is out-of-town for the mid-term elections, but when they come back, the annual intelligence authorization bill could get passed. There are a number of key provisions in this year’s bill, including one that would…
    November 2, 2022
  • The theme of this September’s National Insider Threat Awareness Month is is “critical thinking in digital spaces” I spoke with Rebecca Morgan, deputy director of the National Insider Threat Task Force, about how new forms…
    September 21, 2022
  • The National Counterintelligence and Security Center is among the many federal offices looking to shore up the security of U.S. supply chains. Jeanette McMillian is the NSCS’s assistant director of supply chain and cyber. “Everything…
    September 7, 2022
  • The National Background Investigations Services program, or NBIS, has been described as the “lynchpin” to the federal personnel vetting reform efforts. The massive software project is aimed at both replacing legacy IT systems with modern…
    August 24, 2022
  • The zero trust security concept has been around for more than a decade, but it’s turned into a major buzzword in recent years. The federal government now has a zero trust strategy. The National Security…
    August 11, 2022
  • Open source intelligence, or OSINT, is often treated as an afterthought in the U.S. intelligence community compared to other forms of intel. Now, a group of former intelligence leaders are trying to change that. They…
    July 27, 2022
  • This episode features part two of an interview with Larry Hanauer, vice president for policy at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. Larry discusses INSA’s ideas for how the intel community can improve how it…
    July 18, 2022
  • The security clearance process often poses a challenge for both government and industry when they want to move people around and bring new personnel onboard. That’s especially true for the highest levels of clearance, where…
    June 29, 2022
  • Trusted Workforce 2.0 is the government’s wholesale reform of the security clearance process. The idea is to make it easier for employees to move in and around government and industry, while also improving security. For…
    June 15, 2022
  • Brett Holmgren is the assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research. The Bureau of Intelligence and Research, or INR, is unique in that it delivers intelligence analysis to advance diplomacy. And that principle has…
    May 18, 2022
  • Nancy Morgan spent the last three years as the intelligence community’s chief data officer. In that time, the amount of information both collected and produced by intelligence agencies has grown exponentially. The IC is now…
    May 4, 2022
  • On today’s show, we take a look at how intelligence agencies are approaching open source intelligence or OSINT. There’s a rapidly expanding world of social media feeds, commercial satellite imagery, cell phone videos and other…
    April 20, 2022
  • Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and synthetic biology are offering new possibilities for how intelligence agencies carry out their missions. But rapid advances in technology, especially in commercial industry, also present challenges to the IC’s…
    April 7, 2022