A US security think tank has called for the government to counter terrorism by spending more on information sharing technology and creating a decentralised IT network.
According to the Mercury News, The Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age has said that information processing systems in the US government are ineffective and work like an obsolete mainframe rather than a smart network.
The 34-member task force, which was co-chaired by former Netscape president and chief executive James Barksdale, released the 173-page Protecting America's Freedom in the Information Age report before presenting it to White House Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge this week.
The task force said that technology is not the major hurdle for better information sharing, but recommended streamlining complex federal purchasing guidelines and allowing federal agencies to make better use of private sector technology.
Instead of creating an information analysis system based in Washington, the report recommends a decentralised approach that would give local police and other agencies the ability to quickly transmit information to intelligence analysts and better respond to potential threats.
"Most of the real front lines of homeland security are outside Washington DC," the report said. "To bring together this far-flung community of analysts and operators working directly on the problems is a real challenge."
A copy of the report can be found here.
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