Magazine article National Defense

Pentagon Official Challenges Information Industry

Magazine article National Defense

Pentagon Official Challenges Information Industry

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One of the biggest deficiencies in the intelligence community is "knowing what we do not know," said Richard Haver, the special assistant to the secretary of defense for intelligence.

"Our community ... has lost sight of what we do not know. Our systems do not cue us to the unknown, they cue us to the known," Haver said in a speech at the Technet 2003 conference organized by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

The industry's task in building next-generation systems, he said, is thinking about how to incorporate the unknown factors.

Haver challenged the notion of "information superiority" that has been circling in the intelligence and security community. Information, he said, is just a small part of a bigger picture. "I have a particular unhappiness with the term 'information superiority,'" he said. "It bothers me, because I do not think information is the answer."

That information needs to be converted into knowledge that has to be made readily available to decision-makers, he said. …

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