InterAgency Essays


The InterAgency Essay (IAE) series is published by the Command and General Staff College Foundation Press for the Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation. The series is designed to provide an outlet for original essays on topics that stimulate professional discussion and further public understanding of the interagency aspects of national security and disaster response issues encountered at both the application and policy levels. Mainly written in first person narrative, IAEs strive to allow practitioners to recount their experiences and tell their stories.

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IAE 11-03W Role of Information Management in Advancing Homeland Security (Web-Exclusive)



IAE 11-03W Role of Information Management in Advancing Homeland Security (Web-Exclusive)

by David T. Culkin

In an era of persistent threats to the homeland and constricted decision cycles, American policy makers must embrace information sharing if they are to protect the citizens and infrastructure of the United States. The key to advancing homeland security lies in managing information so efficiently and effectively that U.S. policy leaders rapidly acquire the understanding they need to make decisions...

IAE 11-02 Expanding Chief of Mission Authority to Produce Unity of Effort



IAE 11-02 Expanding Chief of Mission Authority to Produce Unity of Effort

by Christopher Lamb and Edward Marks

In this essay we argue that the interagency integration problem can be rectified by expanding the President’s power to delegate a modified “chief of mission” authority similar to that granted ambassadors to oversee and direct the activities of employees from diverse government organizations working in a foreign country...

IAE 11-01 Converging on Whole-of-Government Design



IAE 11-01 Converging on Whole-of-Government Design

by Rick Swain

This paper argues that USAID and military problem-solving approaches are converging, and broadly understood techniques of design offer the best synthesis for achieving unity of effort in whole-of-government operations.