WASHINGTON – Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) and Chief Intelligence Officer David J. Glawe traveled to Herzliya, Israel this week to provide keynote remarks at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism’s (ICT’s) 2019 World Summit on Counter-Terrorism. ICT’s annual conference is among the world’s most influential forums for experts in the fields of intelligence, defense, policing, and security studies, attracting more than 1,400 leaders from over 65 nations.
In addition to advancing global collaboration and facilitating new partnerships, this year’s conference commemorated decades of international cooperation following the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001. Under Secretary Glawe called upon this shared history on Tuesday in an address to a memorial ceremony for the victims of 9/11 and terrorism worldwide.
“Terrorism is terrorism – whether domestic or international – and violent threats to our freedom and the basic tenants to our free society must be eliminated,” stated Under Secretary Glawe. “The necessity to share information between international partners is critical to preventing future terrorist attacks. We must continue to work to raise our intelligence capacities to identify and mitigate terrorist threats.”
Under Secretary Glawe’s remarks further underscored how enhanced collaboration, both at home and abroad, can aid in the early identification and mitigation of terrorist activities. Amongst Under Secretary Glawe were the Executive Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Jay Tabb, Director of the Office of Counter-Terrorism for the United Nations Dr. Jehangir Khan, Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan Sales from the State Department, and Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan in Israel. The ICT annual conference serves as an excellent forum to share innovative ideas for policymakers and senior officials to fight against terrorism.
I&A has realigned its intelligence resources and enhanced several initiatives which focus on the highest priority threats to the Homeland and integrating intelligence into operational functions. As a result of these efforts, I&A has significantly increased its ability to identify and report on threats from open source information, including a 65% increase in reporting from FY2017 to FY2019. Additionally, through the National Threat Evaluation and Reporting (NTER) Program, I&A has increased the number of federal, state, and local partners trained to identify, evaluate, and report suspicious activities, including a 75% increase of personnel trained from FY2017 to FY2019. By imparting these efforts on a global platform, I&A continues to strengthen the capacity of intelligence partners to confront shared challenges, and combat an ever evolving, determined, and persistent threat.