Protecting the systems and processes Federal, State, and local entities use to exchange information may seem to be a trade-off in terms of effective sharing, in which more security and privacy would appear to restrict the free flow of information; yet in the long term, data protection is a key enabler for the ISE.
ISE in the News
Two reports were released last month examining the progress made toward the creation of an Information Sharing Environment (ISE). The ISE was mandated by Section 1016 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (Intelligence Reform Act), which was passed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Its purpose was to facilitate the sharing of terrorism-related and homeland security information in order to make the U.S. more secure.
The increased sharing of information and the increased speed of information are crucial to future military operations, Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr. said Tuesday.
The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency spoke to about 200 people at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. Burgess addressed both the Program of Terrorism and Security Studies and the Seminar on Transatlantic Civil Security.
A law enforcement program designed to function like a nationwide e-neighborhood watch is now providing half of U.S. states with an information sharing capability that did not exist before 2001, according to a Homeland Security Department assessment of compliance with the 9/11 commission recommendations on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
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
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. ...