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FBI director says tech investments are paying off

FBI Director Robert Mueller on Thursday highlighted the bureau’s success in thwarting terrorist attacks, counterintelligence operations and confronting cyber crime in his budget presentation to the Senate Commerce, Justice and State Appropriations Subcommittee. Mueller, who said that he personally was “focusing on long-term strategies to enhance our ability to collect, analyze and disseminate intelligence,” said nearly half of the proposed FBI fiscal 2004 budget—or $250 million—supports counter-terrorism programs. He also touted the FBI’s progress in upgrading its technology, having completed the Trilogy network on March 28, which he said was three days ahead of schedule. “Trilogy will change the FBI culture from paper to electronic,” Mueller said. “It will replace redundant searches of stove-piped systems,” enabling agents to search multiple data points, leads and suspects through a single portal. Full Story

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