During the Cold War, the U.S. intelligence community was intensely focused on the Soviet Union, as Lowenthal describes in Chapter 11. Now Russia once again is a key target of interest as a result of the activities of Russian intelligence services during the 2016 election campaign.
Lowenthal cites a statement by the former U.S. Director for National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper, that ‘Intelligence is not just about things and not just about places. It is about things in places.’ (Lowenthal 2017, 352). While cyberthreats pose a challenge in terms of attributing responsibility and intent, the Directorate for National Intelligence notes that “every kind of cyber operation–malicious or not–leaves a trail.” (DNI, Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions 2017, 2).
After reading sections in Lowenthal Chapter 11 and 15 on Russia and the CIA/FBI/NSA report Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions, what new challenges do Russian cyberoperations pose for the intelligence community? What do recent revelations about Russian hacking activities in Florida tell us about these challenges? https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2019/05/14/russians-hacked-2-florida-voting-systems-fbi-and-desantis-refuse-to-release-details-1015772 (Links to an external site.)
Your first post should be at least 300 words and cite the materials in the question (the text with a page number, the report with a page number and the Politico article (Fineout 2019). You should also reply to a classmate, introducing a new idea.
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