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Information Sharing is a Strategic Imperative

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As the nation checks its horizon for the unexpected, it must not take its eyes off known threats and must continue preparation for them. Both expected and unexpected cases require building a collaborative approach to face any threat America may face. As the realities of warfare and international security constantly evolve, the nations strategy and willingness to work cooperatively must also evolve. There is a need for a collaborative approach among like-minded individuals and agencies to meet the challenges we face by merging our capabilities. A cultural change needs to take place across all the elements of international security to counter the threats faced today as well as tomorrow. Successfully combating weapons of mass destruction WMDs, for example, requires both military and civilian support to share technology and protect infrastructure. Failure to move beyond traditional boundaries risks sub-optimizing the potential for success. There is no alternative to establishing robust, collaborative relationships. The military, civil, and commercial interests of our nation all depend on the willingness to involve one another and fully enhance a shared worldview. U.S. Strategic Command USSTRATCOM is moving forward on two fronts. The first is re-tooling organizational and informational structures to make better use of all resources. The second front involves changing the way human beings think about things and the militarys basic cultural approaches to problems. USSTRATCOM also is rebuilding its structure by establishing Joint Functional Component Commands JFCC that align responsibilities and authorities, decentralize operational execution, and increase operational speed. JFCCs are manned by STRATCOM planners and operators taken from headquarters staff. Rather than build new organizations, JFCCs work side-by-side with and take full advantage of already existing centers of excellence that have complementary expertise and authorities.

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  • Information Science
  • Computer Systems
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

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