Intelligence community officials are preparing to launch a second round of the inter-services intelligence testing program, which has seen more than 4,000 of its targets hit, including Iran’s nuclear program.
The program, known as the InterServices Intelligence Testing (ISIT) program, is designed to detect, identify and disrupt a variety of threats including cyberattacks, weapons of mass destruction and terrorist activities, said a senior intelligence official.ISIT was developed by the CIA, which is responsible for conducting cyber operations, as well as by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, or NGA.
The agency, a joint-service institution, conducts the test in cooperation with the NSA, which also runs the program.
In addition to the Iran test, intelligence officials are working on another target that was hit this week, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive nature of the testing.
The target was Iran’s ballistic missile program, according to the official.
The ISIT program is expected to be the largest intelligence gathering operation ever conducted by the intelligence community, according the official and other officials, who asked not to be identified discussing sensitive information.
The CIA and NGA conducted the first test in 2012, and the first two tests were in 2015 and 2017.
The intelligence community has identified more than 2,000 targets for the test since it began in 2016, according an estimate by the official who spoke to the news agency.
The number of targets hit by the ISIT test is likely higher.
The U.S. is not the only country to have conducted ISIT tests in recent years.
The Chinese military conducted tests in 2014, 2015 and 2016, the U.K. in 2017 and China in 2018.
The NGA has conducted a similar program in the past, and analysts have said it has the potential to be far more comprehensive than ISIT.
In the past decade, the program has uncovered hundreds of weapons of Mass Destruction and terrorist networks, according a 2016 report by the U:S.
Government Accountability Office.
The Pentagon, however, has been cautious about the potential for this type of intelligence gathering to be used to undermine the U