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Information sharing is still tough, even within departments

The exchange of information between the Defense and Homeland Security departments is essential to national security, but the departments still are struggling to share information within their organizations, speakers said at the Federal Information Assurance Conference at the University of Maryland. The different military services are separated by the same shortcomings that keep police, fire and other emergency response agencies from communicating over radio systems, said Daniel G. Wolf, director of information assurance for the National Security Agency. “The communications devices the military has been using in Operation Iraqi Freedom have similar limitations,” Wolf said. “Critical information is not flowing.” Communications difficulties have persisted through the more than 50 years since DOD was formed, Wolf said, and conditions within the newly-created DHS are worse. These departments are not alone, he said. “The interoperability issues extend to every part of government.” Full Story

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