FBI Instrumental in Intelligence Community’s Information Sharing Efforts

WASHINGTON (October 14, 2008) — According to the FBI’s Chief Information Officer, Zalmai Azmi, the FBI can leverage its role supporting the nation’s efforts to thwart terrorist attacks by providing leadership, intelligence, and law enforcement assistance to its Intelligence Community partners.

Accelerating and improving information sharing across the Intelligence Community is a top priority of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which is overseeing the information sharing efforts. ODNI senior leadership recently briefed the FBI on its comprehensive plan to address all facets of information sharing, including people and culture, policies, processes, technology, risk management, and security.

“The FBI’s Information and Technology Branch is enhancing these efforts by working toward an end-state solution of information sharing based on a collective responsibility to provide information, rather than the traditional mindset of ‘need to know’,” said Azmi. “Additionally, there are many complex technology initiatives that need to be resourced and managed to ensure success in intelligence information sharing.”

Azmi explained how the FBI serves as the lead agency for the ODNI’s consolidated e-mail effort. When completed, every Intelligence Community member will have a unique community distinguishable name to ensure information is delivered to the intended addressee.

A universal logon will enable detailed Intelligence Community members to access their home networks remotely from any U.S. Intelligence Community partner. According to Azmi, the FBI has already been leveraging its partnerships within the Intelligence Community to provision information technology services in order to support personnel located in the Afghanistan and Iraqi theaters of operation.

“By advocating a collective responsibility for intelligence information sharing, these Intelligence Community-wide strategies will allow the FBI to be stewards of intelligence data and take advantage of every opportunity to share mission-critical information anywhere, anytime with our Intelligence Community partners to improve the security of our nation,” said Azmi.