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Ongoing Projects Under the Governance of the ICSB


Current Issues in Counterproliferation and Weapons of Mass Destruction

The Intelligence Community Studies Board will conduct one workshop that will address current issues in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and associated delivery vehicles, such as: Nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of delivery, emerging technologies with the potential to be similarly threatening, disruptive, or destructive, mechanisms of proliferation and methods/techniques for controlling and countering proliferation, nations and non-state actors of proliferation concern, organizations and other entities that have expertise that could benefit NCPC and its mission, and mechanisms for, and impediments to, establishing beneficial partnerships.


The Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group (ISTEG) is a large, diverse, group of experts across the broad range of science, technology, and medicine, each of whom are available to provide occasional quick response technical advice to ODNI and the other federal government agencies that comprise the Intelligence Community (IC). This effort began in 2014 and is commissioned for five years. For questions regarding ISTEG, please send an e-mail to

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Under the sponsorship of ODNI, Academies staff conduct semi-annual colloquia as part of an on-going series. Each colloquium covers a major topic of interest to the intelligence community and hosts leading experts from government, private industry, and academia to participate in presentations and panel discussions. Our upcoming colloquium is on computational methods for human geography.  Previous colloquium topics have included novel powers sources, novel materials, and new models for socio-political systems. For a complete listing of past events, visit our colloquia page.  For more information, please contact Dionna Ali at

Annual NISTC Meeting

Each year, the Academies host a meeting of the National Intelligence Science and Technology Committee (NISTC), which consists of the science and technology chiefs of the 17 national security intelligence agencies and their related associates. This meeting gives the NISTC an opportunity to learn about Academies capabilities and activities that may be of interest to the Intelligence Community (IC). For the past several years, these meetings have served as a venue to build productive relationships between the Academies and IC agencies. If you would like more information about the NISTC meetings hosted by the Academies, please contact Dionna Ali at

Facilitating Greater IC Access to S&T Expertise

The Intelligence Community Studies Board will conduct two workshops with presenters across a wide range of technical disciplines aimed toward increasing government awareness of technologies that might pose threats of disruptive strategic surprise. The presentations will focus on areas where the convergence of two or more sciences or technologies have a reasonable potential to result in capabilities that might threaten US national security.

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ICARS is the showcase for unclassified academic research supported by the IC. The event provides the opportunity for academic researchers, advisors, and members of the IC to exchange ideas and engage with fellow experts from diverse scientific backgrounds. Through integration and cooperation, ICARS encourages innovation and collaboration between academia and the IC. 



 Associated Projects Funded by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Exploring the Development of Analytic Frameworks: A Pilot Project for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

The main objective of this pilot effort is to test the utility and feasibility of developing analytic frameworks for intelligence community analysts. The National Academies will develop four prototype frameworks that will help intelligence community analysts apply insights from the social and behavioral sciences to current intelligence problems. The work will be overseen by the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, part of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education of The National Academies in collaboration with the Intelligence Community Studies Board.

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Intelligence Machine Analytics: A Workshop
On August 9-10, 2017 a workshop was convened to examine challenges in machine generation of analytic products from multi-source data. Workshop speakers and participants discussed research challenges related to machine-based methods for generating analytic products and for automating the evaluation of these products, with special attention to learning from small data, using multi-source data, adversarial learning, and understanding the human-machine relationship.
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Technical Assessment of the Feasibility and Implications of Quantum Computing

The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board will be conducting a study that will provide an independent assessment of the feasibility and implications of creating a functional quantum computer capable of addressing real-world problems. The study will examine hardware and software requirements, quantum algorithms, drivers of advances in quantum computing and quantum devices, benchmarks associated with relevant use cases, the time and resources required, and how to assess the probability of success. A link containing more information about the study will be posted as soon it is available.

Project Page | Final Publication (forthcoming)

Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security: A Decadal Survey

The Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS) has launched a major initiative investigating how the social and behavioral sciences might help inform issues involved in national security. The focus is on identifying cutting-edge areas of science that could blossom in meaningful ways in the coming decade. Creative, thoughtful, and unique ideas will be discussed and explored. This project is entirely unclassified.

Project Page | Summit Proceedings | Final Publication (forthcoming)


Robotics and Artificial Intelligence: Policy Implications for the Next Decade

On Dec. 12, 2016  experts and policymakers gathered to explore the implications of artificial intelligence and robotics in society, looking at economic impacts, ethical and legal considerations, and security implications. The workshop featured keynote addresses by Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, and Arati Prabhaker, head of DARPA.

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Workshop on Encryption and Mechanisms for Authorized Government Access to Plaintext

In June of 2016, the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board conducted a workshop which brought experts from academia, industry, and government together to provide perspectives and knowledge to help inform and advance the national dialogue around encryption. The workshop focused on technical approaches for, and implications of, authorized government access to plaintext information.

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Workshop on Privacy for the Intelligence Community: Emerging Technologies, Academic and Industry Research, and Best Practices

In July of 2015, the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board convened an ad hoc steering committee appointed by the National Research Council to plan and convene a two-day workshop addressing the civil liberties and privacy implications of information and communication technologies. The workshop looked at academic and industry research, emerging approaches, and best practices and considered these in the context of intelligence collection and analysis.

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Responding to Section 5(d) of Presidential Policy Directive 28: The Feasibility of Software to Provide Alternatives to Bulk Signals Intelligence Collection

In 2015, the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board conducted the study titled Bulk Collection of Signals Intelligence: Technical Options which assessed the feasibility of creating software that would allow the U.S. intelligence community more easily to conduct targeted information acquisition rather than bulk collection of signals intelligence. It concluded that although there is no software technique that can fully substitute for bulk collection, software can be developed to more effectively target collection and to control the use of collected data. 

Project Page | Final Publication