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Homeland Security Wants Better Integration

For the Department of Homeland Security to fight terrorism as effectively as possible, its divisions — and their disparate information technology systems — are going to have to start operating cohesively. That was the message Steven I. Cooper, chief information officer at the department, gave yesterday at FOSE, a government information technology trade show, to an audience of about 100 technology executives interested in selling their wares and services to the agency. While there’s been much speculation on the agency’s need for advanced technologies to track and disrupt terrorists, Cooper said many of Homeland Security’s technology priorities are of the significantly less flashy variety. “If we can’t send classified e-mails from one undersecretary to another undersecretary, or undersecretary to [the department] secretary, I’d argue we’ve got a bit of a problem,” Cooper said. Full Story

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