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COVID-19 and Biological Threats Require a New Approach to National Security

By Erik Kleinsmith

Biological threats, similar to the coronavirus pandemic, are not new and have been highly destructive throughout history. Here's why intelligence analysts must understand this outbreak and how it impacts national security.

Decapitation: What Happens To Threat Organizations When They Lose Their Leadership?

By Erik Kleinsmith

The death of Iran's General Soleimani is likely to bring significant changes to the nation's objectives and methods of operation. Learn how tools like threat profiling and historical case studies can help intelligence analysts better understand and predict the impacts of this leadership loss.

Whistleblower Protections in the Intelligence Community

By Erik Kleinsmith

Deciding to become a whistleblower will forever change the course of an intelligence officer's life and career. Based on firsthand experience, here are tips on how a whistleblower can defend his or her credibility, maintain focus on the problem, and prepare for the challenges ahead.

Can We Predict the Next Leaker Using Threat Profiling Techniques?

By Erik Kleinsmith

When leakers share sensitive or classified government information, it jeopardizes national security. Are there commonalities between high-profile leakers, such as Henry Kyle Frese and Edward Snowden, that can help predict and stop the next leaker?

Combating Fake News with Data Mining

By Erik Kleinsmith

Despite the rise of fake news and untrustworthy information sources, analysts armed with both critical thinking and data mining tools can take advantage of this environment. Learn how data mining can be used to identify fake stories and those who create them.

Shadow Banning and Astroturfing: Understanding the New War on Ideas

By Erik Kleinsmith

Information warfare is now being waged in political, social, and commercial arenas. Learn what intelligence analysts can do to understand new and emerging techniques that are being used to manipulate open-source information.