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A Look Ahead: House Committee on Homeland Security


Location: Washington, DC


Chairman McCaul on the hearing: "Can we improve our ability to connect the dots? The 9/11 attacks, which happened eleven years ago this week, required our government to review how we share intelligence information among relevant agencies and with state and local law enforcement. The 9/11 Commission report stressed the importance of full scope intelligence analysis that draws from all relevant sources of information, and concluded the biggest impediment to all source analysis is a systemic resistance to sharing information. Since 2005, the Government Accountability Office has also designated terrorism-related information sharing as high-risk because challenges exist in analyzing key information and sharing it among security partners. Based on factual reports, it appears, in the case of the Fort Hood shootings, accurately analyzing a threat is still problematic. In this case, accurate information was not shared between the Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies, which led to an incomplete picture and a less-than-robust investigation of someone who was, as his peers have referred to him, a "ticking time bomb.' Our hearing will examine the human and systematic elements to get a better understanding of the facts of the Fort Hood case as we now know them - to better understand how these facts that seem so obviously alarming now were missed by seasoned professionals - and to understand how the Intelligence Community as a whole can benefit from the lessons learned from the tragedy at Fort Hood."


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