Journal: Information Arms Race

10 Security, Government, Reform, Strategy

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Information as the New Arms Race

An official report last week reveals weaknesses in our effort to prevent another 9/11.

Gordon Grovitz
Gordon Grovitz

L. GORDON CROVITZ

Monday, September 21, 2009

The U.S. is the only country whose laws mandate the release of details of its intelligence goals and operations. Every four years, the National Intelligence Strategy document discloses the priorities of the usually hidden operations of the country’s 16 intelligence agencies.

A key theme of last week’s report is that we’re now in what might be called an information arms race, driven by technology.

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One previously top-secret disclosure last week was the amount the U.S. spends across its civilian and military intelligence operations. Mr. Blair said this is $75 billion a year, including 200,000 intelligence professionals. These details alert other countries to what it would take to close the intelligence gap.

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