Pilot project is testing partnership between DOD and state and local emergency responders
Information sharing between the Defense Department and state and local emergency
responders is just as important to homeland security as sharing in law enforcement,
and a pilot project under way in New York and California is testing a new
Web-based system to foster that partnership.
The Defense Intelligence Agency's Joint Intelligence Task Force-Counterterrorism
developed its Regional Information Sharing System Network Information Exchange
System to provide an end-to-end system connecting federal, state and local
organizations, said Air Force Col. George Narenic, director for the program
at DIA. He was speaking Jan. 10 at the Government Convention on Emerging
Technologies in Las Vegas.
The system allows participants to share information collection, analysis,
collaboration and warning tools. The pilot test with DIA, DOD's Northern
Command, the California Anti-Terrorism Information Center and the New York
Police Department started Dec. 23, 2002, and will run through Feb. 6, Narenic
The system is an entirely commercial off-the-shelf solution, and users
can either have a dedicated server, database and tools or a regional or
central server. Then users connect via a Web-based client from a desktop
or mobile system.
"What we wanted was a system that had no single point of failure and
that leveraged all the existing resources and tools that are out there,"
DIA and others will evaluate the results of the pilot test during February
and examine other capabilities that can be added, including biometrics and
the ability to search video and audio files, he said.
The Office of Homeland Security is examining the pilot project, and
the system likely will be moved to the new Homeland Security Department.
No matter who is in charge, officials are planning to integrate the system
into the links of other existing information sharing systems through the
intelligence community's Open Source Information System, Narenic said.
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