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Information Sharing: Applying What We’ve Learned Since 9/11
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David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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11/19/2013 | 9:55:25 AM
Is there a success story?
We've heard so much about fumbled data sharing between intelligence/military/law enforcement agencies leading to disaster. Are there good examples today of where better sharing (that wouldn't have happened a few years ago) has prevented death & destruction? Or will we never hear about those?
William Terdoslavich
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William Terdoslavich,
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11/19/2013 | 1:00:40 PM
Re: Is there a success story?
In the realm of covert affairs, success stories don't get aired until the affair becomes moot, usually after the passage of several decades. The reasoning is that any release of the story compromises "sources and methods", which are just as valuable as the secrets garnered by these means. Revelation gives the "enemy" a chance to change their "sources andmethods", making detection of their plans that much harder. 

This turns oversight upside down. How can you check for effectiveness if the "covert agency" cannot be judged by the outcomes it obtains?
kpaul200
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kpaul200,
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11/20/2013 | 4:53:51 PM
Re: Is there a success story?
David, thanks for your question. You're right to point out challenges in the past. We still have challenges in front of us, despite all the progress made. There are a lot of good examples out there. I mentioned the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing above. I was recently at MIT in Cambridge, MA for an event on information sharing, and was pleased to hear law enforcement – who played such a critical role in the response to that event – talk about the difference their information sharing investments made on their ability to respond to the incident (both in the immediate aftermath, and during the investigation). We have a transparent assessment of progress, gaps and success stories, in our 2013 Annual Report and in our Building Blocks on our website. 

http://www.ise.gov/annual-report

http://www.ise.gov/building-blocks

 
supersupersuper3
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supersupersuper3,
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12/1/2013 | 9:43:35 AM
Re: Is there a success story?
on this quote  'Those and other efforts gained added visibility with October being National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.' 

if I recall government was shutdown for 21 days in october, so there really wasn't much of a national cybersecurity awareness month?  weren't the ISE offices also shutdown during the government furlough too? 
kpaul200
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kpaul200,
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12/1/2013 | 5:19:08 PM
Re: Is there a success story?
Yes, the Office of the PM-ISE was adversely impacted in the recent partial shutdown of the government.
WKash
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WKash,
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11/19/2013 | 4:32:34 PM
Fusion centers
Fusion centers remain a subject filled with controversy.  While some serve as the model of efficient information pooling and sharing between federal, state and local authorities, others exist because of post 9/11 funding steams that once flowed easily but which often no longer seem justified.  Question: Will we see a move to consolidate fusion centers similar to the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative?   
kpaul200
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kpaul200,
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11/20/2013 | 4:58:55 PM
Re: Fusion centers
Hello, Wyatt,

An important point to make is that Fusion Centers serve a much broader mission than post-9/11 counterterrorism. Fusion centers in Boston and New Jersey were essential in our ability to respond to incidents like the Boston Marathon bombing and Hurricane Sandy. As I mentioned above,  I've been really impressed with the progress of the National Fusion Center Association over the years; they've matured into an effective and valuable organization. In our Annual Report to Congress, we feature trending information on the performance of the National Network of Fusion Centers - their maturation is impressive. Also in the report is data on complaince and performance as it relates to privacy policies and implementation. Acknowledging gaps and opportunities to improve, I think we're going to continue to see the National Network mature and become a more central part of our Information Sharing Environment as envisioned in the national strategies. 


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