Speed of info sharing more important than ever: Burgess

When breaches occur, safeguards can be put in place without stopping data flow

The value of information sharing transcends the temporary damage caused by pitfalls in the process such as the WikiLeaks publication of classified material, said Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, reports the American Forces Press Service.

Those events shouldn't slow down the process of information sharing, which because of the Internet and social media must occur rapidly, but safeguards can be put in place while information sharing continues, Burgess said July 26. He spoke at the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies and the Seminar on Transatlantic Civil Security at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Burgess said a heightened level of shared knowledge, greater speed of information sharing and having intelligence professionals present on the battlefield are crucial to the success of future U.S. military endeavors.

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