Doug Bedell — October 28, 2008, 9:54 am

Security Information Setting Gets Increasingly Complex

Here’s an ambitious report on how well the information that underpins government and private security priorities is flowing these days. New Information and Intelligence Needs in the 21st Century Threat Environment, issued by the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, looks at information troves in three areas: terrorism, infectious disease and natural hazards. “Each has its own culture that affects how information is used and shared,” says a report on the study in Nextgov

The study asks:

How do decision-makers in homeland/societal security positions get the information they need?

In an all-hazards environment, is information on topics as diverse as health, natural hazards and terrorism readily available and reliable?

Do decision-makers differentiate between information and intelligence?

Is the US experience unique or are there useful comparisons to Europe’s experience?

The report’s primary author, Julie Fischer, a senior associate at the Stimson Center, says there’s been  “a dramatic increase in the amount of information publicly available, coupled with a rise in the number of stakeholders, many of whom are not public officials,” all of which complicates information sharing.

A challenging environment indeed.

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