Intelligence fusion centers focus on information sharing
| 04.11.2006 | 10:42:38 | Views: 3143 | ID:
April 11 '06: In a recent survey compiled and aggregated by the report released by the National Governors Association, intelligence fusion centers are a top priority in homeland security preparations, according to Government Computer News.
GCN reported that the centers, which are "places where personnel IT networks from state, local and federal agencies are combined into a single family to develop joint intelligence," were seen as a top priority among 70 percent of those who responded to the survey.Washington Technology reported last year that "the concept of the intelligence fusion centers is a real leap forward and could open new opportunities for systems integrators," according to industry experts. Jeff Vining, the research president for market research at the firm Gartner Inc. in Stammford, Conn. told Washington Technology, "Intelligence fusion centers are red hot for state and local governments, which are becoming not just consumers of intelligence but also collectors of it." And in recent comments given at a US Justice Department symposium focusing on justice and public safety information sharing, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said that information sharing was critical among government agencies. "One of the key tools that we are looking to exploit here is intelligence fusion centers," the secretary said. "Your ability to fuse your own intelligence, which gives us a one-stop shop for our purposes of our exchanging what we have for what you have." Jim Krouse, an industry expert at the market research firm Input Inc. in Reston, VA told Washington Technology, "Standards for threat information sharing are grossly lacking. In a perfect world, you would have a comprehensive system that would stretch across jurisdictions. Ultimately, that is what is necessary."
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