The Pentagon has suggested the creation of a new office to monitor insider threats and strengthen the vetting process for individuals with security clearance, following a leak of classified documents online. This move comes after a review that was initiated in response to the alleged sharing of classified intelligence on a popular social media platform by National Guard Airman 1st Class Jack Teixeira.
- The review undertaken by the Pentagon recommended the establishment of a new office to oversee insider threats and to enhance access to vetting data from ongoing background checks to verify that individuals maintain the requirements for security clearance.
- The review was initiated following a leak of classified intelligence on a social media platform, allegedly by National Guard Airman 1st Class Jack Teixeira.
- The review indicated the need to revalidate distribution lists and to modernize requirements in alignment with how technology can enhance accountability.
- Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered specific actions and deadlines for Defense Department officials. These include validating personnel in security information technology systems and ensuring valid non-disclosure agreements by September 30.
- The Pentagon is set to establish a Joint Management Office for Insider Threat and Cyber Capabilities within 90 days, aimed at improving user activity and threat monitoring across all Department of Defense networks.