Aug 25, 2011

Professor Steve Weber analyzes information-sharing in the US war on terror

From Monsters & Critics

US has dealt big blow to al-Qaeda, but it's not dead yet

By Mike McCarthy

Washington - Al-Qaeda's inability to hit the United States in the 10 years since September 11 attacks shows the war on terrorism has been effective, even as the US government still struggles to streamline management of the counterterrorism effort, experts say.

The US-led international war on terrorism has rendered the late Osama bin Laden's organization sufficiently unable to repeat the scale of the 2001 attacks, and hasn't been able to mount a major attack on a Western target in years....

Bush also established the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to coordinate the work of the more than a dozen intelligence agencies. A failure to share information across the government was cited as a key reason for failing to detect and prevent the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

While progress has been made to improve the flow of information, it is still well short of the standards needed to keep the country safe, said Steven Weber, a professor of [information and] politics and foreign policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

'In some cases information sharing doesn't work as well as it ought to,' Weber said, adding that the intelligence community remains 'fragmented.' ...


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