Department of Homeland Security and Information Sharing: Is It Working?   [open pdf - 307KB]

"This paper looks at the organization of the Intelligence Community (IC) of the United States prior to September 11th, and the intelligence community reorganization that was the result of the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001(Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism), the creation of the White House's Office of Homeland Security, and later the Department of Homeland Security in 2002. Additionally, the paper will examine the IC and the information/intelligence sharing agreements within the community and explore whether they are working. The paper will consider two recent incidents that occurred in the United States or in the airspace above America. Specifically, the Ft. Hood shooting incident by accused U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan and the attempted Christmas day bombing of an American airliner by accused attacker, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab. Lastly, this paper will examine if the IC created by the PATRIOT Act of 2001 and the Homeland Security Act of 2002 have promoted successful performance and if not, and what lessons learned from these two recent events."

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