Failure to Connect

Once again lack of data integration and process has been a big talking point in the so-called mainstream media this week. David Linthicum asked, “Is fighting terrorism a data integration problem?” He highlights this quote from J.J. Green, WFED’s National Security Correspondent:

“Intelligence sharing is not the problem for the US government when it comes to counter terrorism failures. A former Senior intelligence official said the problem is data integration.”

In this great post, “Could Data Governance Help the War on Terror?” Jill Dyche focuses on the need to fix the process. She suggests:

“These questions should be asked now: “How should we bring identifying data together? What are the key sources? How should integration, access, and usage policies be formulated? What would a sustainable process look like?” Those questions aren’t “who” questions, they’re “how” questions, and they should be front-and-center in the national security conversation.”

At 1:28 of this John Stewart video, he laments the missed opportunity for a great slogan:  “It was not a failure to collect information, it was a failure to…integrate and understand the information we already had.”

BOOM! Oh well. Still a solid message (and good viewing for a Friday afternoon).

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