At the heart of the intelligence effort lies a paradox. Intelligence is valuable only if it can be shared with consumers who need it, but, to the extent that it is more widely shared, risks of compromise are enhanced. The necessary goal is to find the best balance between adequate sharing and effective information security. The current Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James R. Clapper, has referred to the need to find the “sweet spot” between sharing and protecting information.1
ISE in the News
The federal government's online Library of National Intelligence is one of the most important — and unheralded — parts of its effort to encourage information sharing and collaboration, the Defense Intelligence Agency's deputy director said last week.
Last summer, Digital Communities reported on the launch of a massive law enforcement data- and information-sharing project in the Texas Panhandle region.
Information Sharing Efforts with Partners Span Many FBI Programs
Richard A. McFeely
Special Agent in Charge, Baltimore Office
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Statement Before the Senate Judiciary Committee
Good morning, Chairman Leahy and Senator Coons. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the FBI’s coordination with federal, state, and local law enforcement here in Wilmington and across the country.
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
HUNTINGTON, W. Va.—Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today traveled to Huntington, W. Va., to deliver remarks highlighting the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing counterterrorism and homeland security efforts at the opening of the West Virginia Homeland Security Summit.
The Domestic Highway Enforcement initiative recently held its annual nationwide meeting at the Red Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The NHAC collaborated with the DHE Coordinators and the DHE Chair to assist with the planning and coordination of the event. Following the national ISC Managers meeting on May 10, the DHE meeting took place on May 11-12. ...
A Safer America
By Paul Wormeli and Steven G. Mednick
Original article available in Emergency Management Magazine here.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recently warned Congress that “the terrorist threat … has evolved significantly.” Citing an increase in extremists within our borders and the “lone wolf ” operators, she pointed out that there is clearly a need for vigilance.
Analysts at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have augmented their manpower to examine information gathered from the raid on the compound of Osama bin Laden one month ago, the chief intelligence officer at the Department of Homeland Security told a House panel Wednesday.
The DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) continues to examine that information and disseminate information to state and local agencies that could act on any of the intelligence within it, said Caryn Wagner, DHS undersecretary of intelligence and analysis.
The Information Sharing Environment (ISE) provides analysts, operators, and investigators with integrated and synthesized information about terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and homeland security. These analysts, operators, and investigators come from a variety of communities—law enforcement, public safety, homeland security, intelligence, defense, and foreign affairs—and may work for federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial governments. These men and women rely on timely and accurate information to achieve their mission responsibilities.
Each year more than 30 million people are drawn to Nevada by Las Vegas’ luster. The self-proclaimed “Entertainment Capital of the World” is home to 18 of the world’s 25 largest hotels, and more than 19,000 conventions were held in the city in 2009. Las Vegas is without question a terrorist target. Beyond the cop on the street, there’s an effective, underlying layer of security that may be unprecedented, and it starts with the fusion center, the Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center (SNCTC), an all-hazards, 24/7 model for public-private collaboration.