Spy Agencies Tight-Fisted on Data

Thursday, 27 February 2003, 4:52 PM EST

As the U.S. government tweaks its computer networks to fight terrorism, one thing is clear: Wrangling in the intelligence community about how to share vital data has yet to die down even nearly 18 months after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Industry and government security gurus who gathered Wednesday in Washington for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association's Homeland Security Conference said the resistance stems more from culture than technology.

"We have the technology," said William Dawson, chief information officer at the CIA's Department of Intelligence Communications. "But we don't have the processes yet. That's what we need to work on."

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