[Strategic Intel] The U.S. intelligence community has a vetting problem

A new Defense Department report found that dozens of defense contractors had their security clearances revoked last year after additional probing of their backgrounds turned up illicit activity or other problematic behavior. Included in the 165 clearances revoked were contractors with questionable financial transactions, undue foreign influence, and even felony crimes such as pedophilia. Defense officials said the findings indicate that are obvious deficiencies in the way …

This report will appear in Thursday’s Strategic Intelligence Bulletin, a weekly look at national security, domestic systems disruption, the risk of failing critical infrastructure, and threats to social, political, economic, and financial stability in the United States. This report, and others like it, is available for Strategic Intelligence subscribers.

Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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