Intelligence and Law Enforcement: Bridging the Cultural Divide   [open pdf - 67KB]

Dahlstrom looks at the mission of the Department of Homeland Security to analyze and promulgate information on terrorist threats to the government and people of the United States. From the thesis abstract: "To be successful, the DHS must fuse information provided by national-level intelligence organizations with that from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies (LEAs)." Dahlstrom looks to the military's entrance into the war on drugs for insights into information sharing and cooperation efforts across federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. He explains that "despite numerous setbacks, the war on drugs did produce cases where cooperation between national-level intelligence and law enforcement organizations led to success," and asks whether the the Department of Homeland Security will learn the right lessons from the war on drugs or be destined to make the same mistakes?

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