Collective impact and its application to the domestic intelligence enterprise
Noce, Vincent E.
Dahl, Erik J.
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For the past 40 years, the United States has implemented what is tantamount to a de facto domestic intelligence enterprise, which is comprised of a constellation of several state, local, and federal partners. It could be reasonably stated that these partners came into being for a few different reasons, (1) to demonstrate action following seminal event or crisis, (2) to address an unmet or previously unanticipated need, or (3) to comply with a policy or legal initiative. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, several national strategies and information-sharing initiatives have been implemented that compel these entities to engage in more robust collaborative activities. This thesis summarizes three selected elements of the domestic intelligence enterprise, which are missioned to provide a variety of services to state and local homeland security stakeholders, and introduces the concept of collective impact as a possible framework for enhanced collaboration. Additionally, it examines how each element, within its internal network, may already be practicing the core concepts of collective impact and offers recommendations for how cross-network implementation of collective impact may benefit each element and produce efficiencies within the domestic intelligence enterprise.
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