The details about the CIA’s deal with Amazon

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https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/07/the-details-about-the-cias-deal-with-amazon/374632/

The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services for the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year will begin servicing all 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community. If the technology plays out as officials envision, it will usher in a new era of cooperation and coordination, allowing agencies to share information and services much more easily and avoid the kind of intelligence gaps that preceded the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

For the first time, agencies within the intelligence community will be able to order a variety of on-demand computing and analytic services from the CIA and National Security Agency. What’s more, they’ll only pay for what they use.

The vision was first outlined in the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise plan championed by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and IC Chief Information Officer Al Tarasiuk almost three years ago. Cloud computing is one of the core components of the strategy to help the IC discover, access and share critical information in an era of seemingly infinite data.

For the risk-averse intelligence community, the decision to go with a commercial cloud vendor is a radical departure from business as usual.

In 2011, while private companies were consolidating data centers in favor of the cloud and some civilian agencies began flirting with cloud variants like email as a service, a sometimes contentious debate among the intelligence community’s leadership took place.

As one former intelligence official with knowledge of the Amazon deal told Government Executive, “It took a lot of wrangling, but it was easy to see the vision if you laid it all out.” The critical question was would the IC, led by the CIA, attempt to do cloud computing from within, or would it buy innovation? Money was a factor, according to the intelligence official, but not the leading one.

The government was spending more money on information technology within the IC than ever before. IT spending reached $8 billion in 2013, according to budget documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The CIA and other agencies feasibly could have spent billions of dollars standing up their own cloud infrastructure without raising many eyebrows in Congress, but the decision to purchase a single commercial solution came down primarily to two factors.

“What we were really looking at was time to mission and innovation,” the former intelligence official said. “The goal was, ‘Can we act like a large enterprise in the corporate world and buy the thing that we don’t have, can we catch up to the commercial cycle? Anybody can build a data center, but could we purchase something more?

“We decided we needed to buy innovation,” the former intelligence official said.

Continue here: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/07/the-details-about-the-cias-deal-with-amazon/374632/

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a small circle of friends..amazon cia and wapo..sitting in a tree..k i s s i n g..

“a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services for the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year will begin servicing all 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community.”

thats it..put all your eggs in one basket..pretending to fail?

“For the risk-averse intelligence community, the decision to go with a commercial cloud vendor is a radical departure from business as usual.”

thats how a fascist technocracy works..

401

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~ by seeker401 on February 26, 2017.

21 Responses to “The details about the CIA’s deal with Amazon”

  1. “The Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise lays out a vision for the IC’s 17 agencies to securely discover, access and share information. The goal: greater mission success.

    In essence, ICITE (pronounced EYEsite) changes the business model for intelligence agencies by requiring that they share services.

    Cloud computing—behind the IC’s firewall—is one element of that vision. Think of it as the intelligence community sharing information behind a walled castle apart from the rest of the world operating on the Internet.

    In cloud computing, there’s Amazon Web Services and then there’s everybody else. ”

    “In addition to its $600 million deal with the CIA, Amazon Web Services also does business with NASA, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most recently, the Obama Administration tapped AWS to host portions of HealthCare.gov.”

  2. Somebody had a good article that I commented it “connected the dots”. It was Isabel or Maria. I can not remember where it was, help in finding it? It had to do with this topic. After reading this article seeker posted, I wanted to review that particular article, thanks!

  3. the excellent nafeez ahmed article, part I: https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/how-the-cia-made-google-e836451a959e

    it goes way back. most people don’t know why silicon valley is silicon valley… this talk by a serial valley entrepreneur tells the ‘secret’ history :

    this is a semi-satirical talk by well-known programmer PHK. (i used to work with him. he’s an asshole, but he’s a brilliant asshole.)

  4. Far quicker doing a Hilary and just sending your direct to your enemies
    and pocketing the cash.

  5. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

  6. http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-s3-outage-2017-2
    “Among the sites and services that appear to be affected are Slack, Quora, Lonely Planet, Snapchat’s Bitmoji, and even the US Securities and Exchange Commission website.

    Amazon S3 is a very common service that sites use to store files, and the US East data center is one of its biggest facilities, meaning that this is wreaking havoc all over the web.”

    I did not know:
    “Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.”

    • posting on amazon and the cloud tomorrow..

    • I checked out the Bezos Expeditions website.
      http://www.bezosexpeditions.com/engine-recovery.html

      Apparently, a 10,000 year clock is being built.
      http://www.10000yearclock.net/learnmore.html

      “We are building a 10,000 Year Clock. It’s a special Clock, designed to be a symbol, an icon for long-term thinking. It’s of monumental scale inside a mountain in West Texas. The father of the Clock is Danny Hillis. He’s been thinking about and working on the Clock since 1989. He wanted to build a Clock that ticks once a year, where the century hand advances once every 100 years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium. The vision was, and still is, to build a Clock that will keep time for the next 10,000 years.”

  7. Don’t get caught in the details .
    CIA is not separate from Amazon (or any of the Crown’s corporations).

  8. Globalization means just that -one party having all the info in a fluffy one.
    The big corporations are CIA .

    • still waiting muppet:

      “you claimed corbett is controlled op, i dont..so i repeat for the third fourth time..which alternative media is NOT controlled opposition..should be easy for you to just answer the question??”

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