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Government IT and the War on Terrorism: An Introduction

For some good background information on the War on Terror, read these excerpts about the terrorism-related items from the National Intelligence Council's "Global Trends 2015: A Dialogue About the Future With Nongovernment Experts" report.
The report was originally published in December 2000, but much of what is stated is still very relevant, and it helps set up an understanding of how terrorists proliferate, and how they can be monitored.

History of IT Within the Government War on Terrorism

Current Situation

An April, 2007, Government Accountability Office (GAO) report states that "Multi-Agency Operation Centers Would Benefit from Taking Further Steps to Enhance Collaboration and Coordination." Inprovments to information technologies to enhance data sharing could be a large part of this effort. The text below is quoted from the abstract of that report.

The four multi-agency operations centers each have their own mission and generate different products while performing some similar functions and sharing a number of customers. The missions of the Air and Marine Operations Center, National Targeting Center, and Transportation Security Operations Center are distinctive and tactical, including such activities as monitoring the nation's airspace, the movement of potential terrorists, and the passengers on commercial flights. The National Operations Center-Interagency Watch's mission is more strategic in that it collects information gathered by the other multi-agency operations centers and provides a national perspective on situational awareness for potential terrorist activity. The products of the four multi-agency operations centers reflect their different missions and range from reports on suspicious private air and marine craft from the Air and Marine Operations Center, individuals entering the country at land, sea, and airports from the National Targeting Center, and individuals traveling on commercial flights from the Transportation Security Operations Center, to an overview of the national threat environment from the National Operations Center-Interagency Watch. The multi-agency operations centers all share common functions such as maintaining situational awareness, sharing information, and communications; coordinating internal operations, and coordinating among federal, state, local, tribal, and private-sector entities; and managing incidents and making decisions. In addition, the Air and Marine Operations Center and National Operations Center-Interagency Watch conduct operational command and control and, along with the National Targeting Center, coordinate with foreign governments. The four multi-agency operations centers' primary customers include other federal agencies, and state and local governments; private-sector entities; and some foreign governments.

Most Common Procurement Methods

Outlook For The Future

U.S. Intelligence News

Related Research

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