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)

InterAgency Essay 11-03W, July 2011

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. There are four major problems with the current model for information management in homeland security:

1.  blurred legal parameters of privacy
2.  difficulty in translating information into useful knowledge across the U.S. government
3.  protection of records from natural and man-made disasters
4.  technological implications of ensuring access over time

This essay addresses the current processes and challenges in regard to information sharing and decision making, and makes suggestions for an updated decision making model that would reflect the role of interagency and cross-governmental information sharing.  The essay also stresses the importance of archival best practices and the role of information management in the decision making process, and asserts the need for a shared knowledge base.  Both are essential for better decision making and stronger homeland security.

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