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James Clapper: Federal Agencies Must Work Toward ‘Vertical’ Integration

James Clapper
James Clapper

James Clapper, director of national intelligence, has called on federal government and law enforcement agencies to collaborate toward what he calls vertical intelligence integration.

Clapper told audiences at the IATA – AVSEC World conference on Monday that “intelligence integration” has been the theme of his leadership for the past four years.

He noted the establishment of an air domain intelligence-integration and analysis fusion cell at the Transportation Security Administration in September to help public and private sector analysts and security professionals share threat data and intelligence.

Clapper also said he has observed an increase in cooperation between the intelligence community and civil aviation to detect threats to air travel.

He added that the “diversity of threats continues to grow, across the board, for global regions and intelligence functions.”

“And in the civil aviation world, the threats, as all of you know painfully well, are myriad. That includes both ‘threats to’ aviation and threats ‘enabled by’ aviation,” Clapper said.

Clapper said that while his office is “headed in the direction of more transparency, we also have to protect our intelligence sources and methods, our sensitive tradecraft, so we can keep using them.”

“In other words, transparency is great, but a double-edged sword,” Clapper added.

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