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Designing for Intelligence Integration: Understanding and Creating Colocated, Cross-Functional Teams

Designing for Intelligence Integration: Understanding and Creating Colocated, Cross-Functional Teams

Frank Strickland and Chris Whitlock

In March, 2015, CIA Director John Brennan announced a major reorganization that included a num­ber of new multi-function centers modeled on CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. Brennan’s move is similar to one that was begun in the Defense Intelligence Agency two years earlier, bringing analysts, technical collec­tors, and human intelligence collec­tors together in four mission centers. While these major agency-wide reorganizations naturally cause con­sternation, these changes are a contin­uation of intelligence integration initiatives sparked by the 9/11 attacks and furthered by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) of 2004. From a histori­cal perspective, the mission center concept is part of a long evolution begun in 1947 to promote informa­tion sharing and collaboration across intelligence stovepipes.

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