Collaboration Efforts in the U.S. Intelligence Community

Collaboration is the heart of Homeland Security. At the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL), resources from numerous government agencies, private sector entities, think tanks, nonprofits, and universities are collected, organized, and presented to strengthen the national security of the United States.  The task would be impossible without the support, hard work, and eagerness to share of these various organizations.  In a recent report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the collaborative experience of the U.S. Intelligence Community is explored and further elevates this spirit of cooperation.

The report, titled New Tools for Collaboration: The Experience of the U.S. Intelligence Community, examines “the use of internal collaborative tools across the Intelligence Community (IC).”  After an introduction, providing background and describing terms and concepts, the report discusses these tools of the IC with an in-depth look at their history and function.  The report then moves towards an analysis of the current state of collaboration in the IC. In doing so, the current advantages, obstacles, and promising initiatives are highlighted and explored.  The report closes with further findings and recommendations for improvement moving forward.

This particular CSIS report is an example of the ongoing process of improving Homeland Security.   By displaying successes and reviewing shortcomings, the continual works contributed to the field of Homeland Security are fine tuning efforts to prepare, prevent, and respond to future threats to our national security. 

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