16 years ago, on July 22, 2004, the 9-11 Commission Report was released.
Do you remember one of the most important revelations in the 9-11 Commission Report?
National intelligence is still organized around the collection disciplines of the home agencies, not the joint mission. The importance of integrated, all source analysis cannot be overstated. Without it, it is not possible to “connect the dots”. No one component holds all the relevant information. The biggest impediment to all source analysis – to a greater likelihood of connecting the dots – is the human or systemic resistance to sharing information.
The 9-11 Commission Report revealed there were more than enough indicators and warning signs BEFORE the horrific attacks occurred, but the joint mission failed because there was no all source analysis which made it impossible to “connect the dots”.
Here we are 16 years later, and the obvious questions is this – are joint mission, all source analysis, and connecting the dots efforts working better today?
Based on increasing shootings in schools, workplaces, and communities, increasing violence (gang, drug, domestic, workplace, etc.), increasing fears/stressors among community members, increasing attacks on law enforcement officers, widening trust gaps with law enforcement, and now the pandemic on top of it all… we know schools, workplaces, and communities are struggling to keep up and struggling to prevent preventable incidents and tragedies. WHY?
If there was a “Community-based Commission Report” today, it might read like this:
Community-based intelligence is still organized around the collection disciplines of silo entities, not the community-based joint mission. The importance of integrated, all source analysis cannot be overstated. Without it, it is not possible to “connect the dots”. No one silo (See Something Say Something, Fusion Centers, State/Local Law Enforcement, State Hotlines, Local Hotlines, School Hotlines, Text Reporting, App Reporting, Trusted Adult Reporting, Suicide Hotlines, Drug Hotlines, Gang Hotlines, and many others) holds all of the relevant information. The biggest impediment to all source analysis – to a greater likelihood of connecting the dots – is the human or systemic resistance to sharing information and not utilizing innovative strategies and technologies to securely share information in a joint community-based mission.
Now more than ever, with pains, fears, anxiety, violence, shootings, and the unknowns of an ongoing pandemic, it is time for community leaders, school leaders, organization leaders, and law enforcement leaders to replace outdated silo-based strategies, flawed conventional thinking, and systemic resistance to sharing information at the community level. It is time for a joint community-based mission.
Awareity began creating new community-focused strategies and technologies in 2009. In 2012, the first early adopter organizations implemented Awareity’s new community-based strategies and technologies. In 2016, the first early adopter community leaders implemented Awareity’s new and updated community-based strategies and technologies.
The results have been impressive because now there is a real joint mission at the community-level, a proven integrated all source analysis, and a secure and trustworthy way to connect the dots so team members can intervene and prevent BEFORE at-risk individuals escalate and execute their plans.
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