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23 October 2009 Press Conference with Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Collection Mr. Glenn A. Gaffney

23 October 2009 Press Conference with Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Collection Mr. Glenn A. Gaffney

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Press Conference with Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Collection Mr. Glenn A. Gaffney Camp Williams Data Center Utah State Capitol Salt Lake City, Utah October 23, 2009

Video of this event is available online at www.dni.gov/video. GOVERNOR GARY R. HERBERT (Governor of Utah): Well, welcome everybody. We appreciate you being here and we welcome members of the press here on what I consider to be a very significant announcement today. And we’re going to introduce some special guests he
Press Conference with Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Collection Mr. Glenn A. Gaffney Camp Williams Data Center Utah State Capitol Salt Lake City, Utah October 23, 2009

Video of this event is available online at www.dni.gov/video. GOVERNOR GARY R. HERBERT (Governor of Utah): Well, welcome everybody. We appreciate you being here and we welcome members of the press here on what I consider to be a very significant announcement today. And we’re going to introduce some special guests he

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Press Conference with Deputy Director of National Intelligence for CollectionMr. Glenn A. GaffneyCamp Williams Data CenterUtah State CapitolSalt Lake City, UtahOctober 23, 2009
Video of this event is available online at www.dni.gov/video.
GOVERNOR GARY R. HERBERT (Governor of Utah): Well, welcome everybody. Weappreciate you being here and we welcome members of the press here on what I consider to be avery significant announcement today. And we’re going to introduce some special guests here withus in a minute and give everybody an opportunity to speak.We want to recognize Glenn Gaffney, who’s the deputy director of national intelligence forcollection. Here with us today are two good senators: Sen. Orrin Hatch and Sen. Robert Bennett.Congressman Rob Bishop has joined with us, as well as Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet. So with that, Iwant to turn the time directly over to Glenn Gaffney.MR. GLENN GAFFNEY: Gov. Herbert, thank you. Sen. Hatch, Sen. Bennett, CongressmanBishop, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for joining us today on the announcement of this importantnational security partnership between the federal government and the state of Utah to protect ournation’s national information infrastructure.The Director of National Intelligence is now in its fourth year and is responsible for thecoordination and integration of the 16 federal organizations that make up the IntelligenceCommunity. As the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Collection, my job includesoversight for our cyber activities. The Intelligence Community has an important mission inprotecting the U.S. cyber infrastructure.This information infrastructure, which includes our telecommunications, computer networks andsystems and the data that is resident in those systems, is critical to our way of life, from our nationalsecurity to our economic well-being. This infrastructure is increasingly being targeted forexploitation and potentially for disruption or destruction by a growing array of state and non-stateactors, who are growing more sophisticated in their intelligence collection and in their targeting theprivate sector to gain economic competitive advantage.
 
 2In response to the growing cyber threat, President Bush in 2007 directed the Director of NationalIntelligence to develop a plan to improve the cybersecurity of the U.S. government, while alsoprotecting the privacy and civil liberties of our citizens. The DNI established the National CyberStudy Group from over 20 federal government departments and agencies to review our defensivecapabilities, strategies and policies and devise a series of recommendations for the President.One of the most important recommendations was the creation of the Comprehensive NationalCybersecurity Initiative designed to strengthen policies and programs for protecting U.S.government information systems, to clarify roles and responsibilities of federal agencies andexplore how the public and private sectors could partner to better protect our critical cyberinfrastructure.The Cyber Study Group quickly realized that these goals could not be achieved withoutstrengthening the key strategic capabilities within our government. The initiative includes fundingfor federal law enforcement, the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense to enhancekey functions such as criminal investigations, intelligence collection, processing and analysis andinformation assurance critical to enabling national cybersecurity efforts.President Obama’s Cyberspace Policy Review, conducted earlier this year through the NationalSecurity Council and the Homeland Security Council, provided the President with furtherrecommendations to improve U.S. cybersecurity and the initiative will play a key role in achievingmany of these recommendations.In the recently published 2009 National Intelligence Strategy, Director of National IntelligenceDennis Blair identifies enhancing cybersecurity as one of the Intelligence Community’s toppriorities. Leveraging partnerships inside and outside the Intelligence Community andstrengthening IC-wide mission management processes are primary objectives of the strategy as awhole.The new data center we are announcing today will support the Intelligence Community’s mission inproviding foreign intelligence about cybersecurity threats and information assurance support toDOD networks, or the dot-mil networks, as we refer to them. It will also provide technicalassistance to the Department of Homeland Security, and its mission of securing federal civiliannetworks, or the dot-gov networks.By better understanding the threat, we will also learn valuable lessons that will assist the privatesector, dot-com and dot-org, in securing their own networks. This data center will be a critical assetin each of these missions and we will accomplish this in full compliance with the U.S. Constitutionand federal law and while observing strict guidelines that protect the privacy and civil liberties of the American people.Working with an interagency team of experts from the Intelligence Community and the U.S. ArmyCorps of Engineers to determine the best location for the data center, the ODNI used a rigorousmethodology that included private industry and government-wide best practices that chose CampWilliams as the best location for the data center. The location offered an abundant availability of low cost power, robust communications infrastructure and the space that was needed.
 
 3 I’d like to thank Utah’s congressional delegation, whose efforts helped make this data center areality and for their dedicated support to our national security: Sen. Hatch, who serves on theSenate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Bennett, who serves on the Homeland Security andGovernmental Affairs Committee and Congressman Bishop, a member of the House ArmedServices Committee.I’d also like to thank all of state and local officials who have been very supportive every step of theway on this project. Utah has a well-established history of supporting important national securityprograms, including the Manhattan Project at Wendover Army Field and today at facilities such asHill Air Force Base and Tooele Army Depot. In 1862, Fort Douglas was established to protect ouroverland mail route and our telegraph lines along the central overland route. And today’s Utahanswill again be protecting vital information with the Camp Williams Data Center.The ODNI is pleased with the selection of Camp Williams as the site of the new data center andlooks forward to working closely with the state of Utah on this important project. Cybersecurity isamong the most pressing of our national security concerns that we face and Utahans are going toplay an important role in this mission protecting America’s interests. Thank you. (Applause.)GOV. HERBERT: Well, thank you, Deputy Director Gaffney. We appreciate you being here andwith this exciting news announcement. And let me just echo what he said. We thank you all thosewho’ve been a part of this in putting this together. This has not been an easy thing to do. It’s takenthe work of many people – our congressional delegation, our national guard, our local state officialshere – in putting this together and we appreciate this effort.I’ve talked about there are good things happening in Utah. In spite of the economic challenges andthe bumps we have in the road, there are some good things happening. This is a significantly, reallygood thing that is happening here in Utah today. This is a win-win. This is good for the federalgovernment; this is really good for Utah. On the economic development front, we’re talking abouta project the size of City Creek. This is $1.5 billion of construction. It will employ 4,000 to 5,000different people throughout our state. The ripple effect of that is going to be significant as itimpacts our economy for the good.So it’s a great economic engine for us in our state at a time that’s critical for us – to be able to havethis happen is really a godsend. So this is a great thing. When this is completed it will employ acouple of hundred people out there at the Camp Williams site. So this data center and what goesalong with it is going to help us employ a lot of Utahans, employ our resources here and help jump-start our economy and help us get through this difficult time. So I applaud all those who have madethis possible, this is a great day for the state of Utah. With that, I’d like to turn over the podium,now, to Sen. Orrin Hatch. (Applause.)SENATOR ORRIN HATCH: Thank you, Governor. We appreciate your leadership on this matterand I want to thank my fellow members of the Utah congressional delegation and, of course, Gen.Tarbet and so many others who have participated in this. It’s an honor to be with all of you heretoday. As the Cyberspace Policy Review recently stated, the globally interconnected digitalinformation and communications infrastructure known as cyberspace underpins almost every facet

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