Sharing. Tomorrow. Maybe.

Standards currently being developed for intelligence information sharing are expected to be fully incorporated into federal enterprise architecture reviews and budgets by fiscal 2009, according to a schedule submitted to Congress by National Intelligence Director John Negroponte.

A description of how the standards are being created, along with a schedule for their completion, is included in the 186-page Information-Sharing Environment Implementation Plan Report released on Nov. 16.

The broad-ranging document lays out a vision of how the environment is to work as a trusted partnership of users to facilitate, coordinate and expedite access to terrorism-related information. The environment encompasses federal, state, local, foreign and private communities of users. […]

The information-sharing environment will be rolled out on the following schedule:

  • McNamara will convene and chair a new working group to select and issue information-sharing standards by Dec. 31, 2006.
  • Version 2.0 of the standards will be ready by July 31, 2007.
  • State intelligence fusion centers will incorporate the standards by July 31, 2008.
  • The private sector will incorporate the standards by Sept. 30, 2008.

2008. Great. Thank goodness we can count on technology, the operational environment, the political environment and of course the world to remain static for the next two years.

It’s a bureaucracy and you can’t expect much better than a five-year plan as long as the re-treads are running the show.

Intellipedia was a start but it still isn’t the standard; the same with internal blogs. The fact of the matter is you can’t over-engineer this sort of thing because people won’t trust it and they won’t use it (see reports on HISN for details). Every formal public-private “sharing” initiative is the same; the same lightly-updated PowerPoint stacks saying we need to share more delivered by a rotating cast of glib appointees. Where does the real work get done? After-hours when the expense-account booze and smokes are brought out. The “I know a guy who knows a guy” approach still beats every formal mechanism devised to date and the current crop of online mechanisms are just a means to facilitate and expand those relationships.

How to make sharing happen now? Make Wikified production the only means of production, and make sharing a performance rating item (people tend to act on the things that impact their checkbooks).

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