The U.S. government has announced a new “crystallization” of its intelligence on a new intelligence source.
In the announcement, the intelligence community said that a new tool will be developed that will “analyze” the data it collects, “analyzing” the metadata on it, and “analyzed” the “data” in the process.
The agency said that this new analytic tool will work with existing intelligence sources, such as the NSA, and with other sources that “may” exist.
According to the announcement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, “Crystallized” intelligence is “designed to leverage the power of existing sources, methods, and analytic techniques to better understand, understand, and analyze foreign intelligence information” that comes from “a variety of sources and methods.”
That means that the new analytic capability “will allow us to better identify sources of foreign intelligence data that are not readily available to us, such that we can better identify, collect, and use that intelligence data in ways that help prevent and detect terrorist acts.”
“We are pleased to announce the establishment of a new analytic platform to analyze foreign-intelligence data collected by the National Security Agency and other foreign intelligence sources and partners,” ODI director Mike Rogers said in a statement.
“This new platform will enable analysts to identify foreign-agent intelligence data and data sources that have not previously been utilized, and to analyze these foreign-source intelligence data to better detect and mitigate the risks posed by foreign intelligence activities.”
It’s not clear exactly what the new platform is being used for.
According the ODI, it “can leverage the capabilities of current and emerging analytic tools, such, but not limited to, the SABOTEC analytical tool, to better analyze foreign foreign intelligence intelligence data, including information collected through surveillance, and foreign-related foreign intelligence-related activities.”
However, the OID director said that the technology will be “not only useful in identifying foreign-origin foreign intelligence, but also in detecting foreign-sponsored terrorist activity, such attacks, and other crimes and threats.”
The new analytic technology is being developed in cooperation with the Office for Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Office on National Drug Control Policy.
In May, the Obama administration announced that it would require that U.K.-based companies producing intelligence on U.N. Security Council resolutions adopt the U.A.E. “standard” that requires their products to “provide clear, unambiguous and non-misleading evidence of the content of the intelligence reports that they produce,” according to a report by the Guardian.
The report noted that the OSTP had “long supported” the development of the new analytical capability.
“We will be working closely with the intelligence agencies to enable this to be deployed,” the agency said.
“The intelligence community will also be working to ensure that the capabilities are appropriately supported and developed.”