Intel reform closely tied to IT spending

DALLAS'Roughly 26 percent of all the money spent on intelligence analysis and operations is associated with information technology in some way, according to a House professional staff member.

Robert A. Myhill, professional staff member for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said that percentage'which he predicted could even run higher'illustrates how wide-reaching IT is to the area of intelligence reform. There is now a push afoot to better utilize that money by bringing IT spending and strategy together, Myhill said yesterday during the Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems Worldwide Conference.

"There is this push to try and get everyone on the same page and I think that's a good thing," Myhill said. "We have an opportunity to become more efficient on IT spending."

Included in the 2007 House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence authorization is a section directing intelligence agencies, in their fiscal 2008 budget proposals, to tie IT spending to their respective enterprise architecture frameworks at both their individual agency level as well as enterprisewide.

"This is going to be key. We're pressing that," Myhill said. "Enterprise architecture is the bridge to implementation."

Enterprise architectures will help enable collaboration and information sharing, Myhill said, and will also help intelligence agencies spend their money in a cohesive way to give analysts better analytical tools and data solutions.

"The community is still struggling with what information sharing means in their community," Myhill said. "Why keep pushing the information-sharing mantra? Better intelligence."

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