Hurry Up, Please, It's Time (Spy Agency Sharing Edition)


In the years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Bush and Obama administrations have said that clearing away technical and bureaucratic obstacles to effective intelligence analysis among government agencies was a top priority. But execution has fallen short of ambition.

One example is the Information Integration Program, an effort to create a Google-like search capability across all spy agencies that was relaunched in 2008 after an earlier effort collapsed. Its initial momentum lost steam amid the bureaucratic turnover with the change in administration, according to current and former officials tracking the program.

At its current pace, the program won't be fully in place for two years, a congressional official said.

More here, in the Wall Street Journal.