Report: DHS Intelligence Role Must Evolve Beyond Terrorism, Concentrate on the Local

By Matthew Harwood


Also, unlike other intelligence agencies, DHS should strive to push out information with limited classification. "DHS should focus on products that start at lower classification levels, especially unclassified and [For Official Use Only], and that can be disseminated by means almost unknown in the federal intelligence community (phone trees, Blackberries, etc.)," the report recommends.

DHS I&A , therefore, must work cooperatively with its customers to determine their needs and creatively use incidents overseas to create new intelligence products that state and local agencies and the private sector can use.

Future DHS intelligence products could provide something like this, says the report: "After the Mumbai attacks, for example, DHS intelligence might have partnered with private sector entities in the hospitality industries—and state and local police agencies responsible for major hotel centers and ports—to develop unclassified graphics and text explaining how the terrorists entered ports; how they breached perimeter security at facilities in the city; how security within facilities struggled during the ensuring battle; and how the attacks compared with other attacks in recent years against public buildings."

The report notes that an analytical product following this methodology would be revolutionary. "None of this bears any resemblance to what more traditional intelligence agencies have done since in post-WWII world of foreign intelligence; this type of analytic product is more closely aligned with the new, and growing, world of homeland security intelligence."

♦ Screenshot of the report, "Homeland Security and Intelligence"


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