Aggregating data doesn't equate to sharing it, one expert says

Gathering information alone will not result in intelligence agencies meshing data and sharing intelligence, one intelligence analyst says.

What's more, having knowledge superiority doesn't necessarily mean that the best knowledge is being captured and put to good use, said Richard L. Haver, special assistant to the secretary of Defense for intelligence.

"I can load all the data into one place, and that's where it'll stay," Haver said today at the TechNet International 2003 show in Washington. "I'm interested in decision superiority."

To achieve that requires using IT to "merge information quickly, putting it in the hands of those that need it," he said.

Government policy is moving in the right direction, Haver said.

In March, President Bush signed a directive that attempts to set the stage for data sharing by establishing a new process for determining intelligence priorities, he said. Although the directive is classified, it is designed to bring Cabinet-level intelligence officials together to outline priorities and the direction intelligence agencies should take, Haver said.

"The thrust is not only the ownership of the problem, but the responsibility of it," he added.

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