27 November 2009
Information sharing in Australia's national security community by Kelly O'Hara and Anthony Bergin
By Anthony Bergin and Kelly O'Hara
This Policy Analysis, authored by Kelly O'Hara and Anthony Bergin, examines the information sharing vision of the new National Security CIO in light of reforms made towards a more joined-up national security community. It argues that information sharing should be a high priority for improving decision making in Australia’s national security community.
This Policy Analysis recommends:
- Making information discoverable and accessible to authorised users by means of off-the-shelf technology;
- Mapping the information exchanges between agencies to reveal the extent of connectivity and capability gaps;
- The National Security CIO conduct a regular audit to determine the extent to which community members have reached key milestones in making information discoverable and retrievable;
- The new National Security College incorporate training modules on how to advance a responsibility to provide culture for senior national security officials;
- The National Security CIO work in consultation with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to develop a transparent national privacy framework of principles to guide information sharing in the national security community;
- Greater use of Web 2.0 in the national security space to facilitate information sharing;
- Establishing a centralised security vetting agency to issue clearances, rather than each agency ‘doing its own thing’.