Information Sharing and Collaboration

Wednesday, September 26, 2007
AFCEA Intelligence

This white paper focuses on opportunities for integration that may be achieved by modifying the Intelligence community (IC) planning, programming, and budgeting process, i.e., the process of budget formation with an eye toward stronger, integrated execution resulting in better collaboration across the Community. Today’s process does not easily accommodate efforts to integrate programs and activities across the IC, nor do they serve the goal of a more collaborative Community. The observations and recommendations included in this paper are pertinent both to the executive and legislative branches. Modifying the process could help the IC integrate activities at the conceptual stage and minimize the tendency to cobble together capabilities later when it becomes more difficult and costly. A more streamlined and cohesive process would also offer the IC a way to develop and deploy technologies, tools, and techniques more rapidly—both for operational and collaborative use and in anticipation of new challenges.The complex and archaic planning, programming, and budgeting process was created in a different era and has worked remarkably well, considering how many people with varying roles touch the budget during the lengthy process of request and approval. The experience of 9/11, the challenges arising from agile terrorists, and the complex nature of today’s global intelligence and national security environments, however, mandate that it is time to take another look at the process.A full discussion of the intricacies of this process is beyond the scope of this paper. What is offered is a high-level examination from the role of the executive branch in developing the IC budget request to submit to Congress, to the subsequent stage when Congress considers and acts upon the request.

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I am impressed with your paper and some of the observations you make. Having spent a career in the DOD part of the budget process I can attest to the cumbersome aspects of the process. What do you all do to get your ideas some visibility? Simply posting your paper on your website isn't goint to do it.

Impressed, but concerned:

The government and industry members of the AFCEA Intelligence Committee prepare these white papers (this is the eighth)in conjunction with classified symposia they run each fall and spring.

The fall symposium website is

Each attendee and speaker is given a copy. Additionally, following the symposium, the paper will be disseminated to the IC leadership and others.

Steve Ritchey
Vice President for Intelligence
AFCEA International

We do try to give these papers wide distribution among key Community individuals and on the Hill. We would be happy to send the paper to people whom our readers suggest.

The absence of provisions in existing PPBS policy to fund multi-agency, cross-discipline initiatives supporting ICA Key Issues aimed at rebalancing, optimizing, and integrating programs predominately managed as disparate, parallel systems testify to the need for change advocated by this paper. While future PPBS policy adjustments should provide for the continued advancement of capabilities central to each intelligence-discipline competency(e.g., CCP, NGP, GDIP, NRP), adjustments should also be made to enable principals and stakeholders in these respective domains to concurrently invest and be accountable for achieving cohesive cross-discipline transformation precedents. As alternatives for PPBS reform are examined, any selected course(s) of action should equip partners with the means to integrate business, performance, and technology architecture components necessary for a comprehensive Integrated Intelligence Architecture foundation. Current business-process-focused multi-agency initiatives (e.g., EIX-08 in support of ICA tasks) and technology-focused efforts by CIO partners lend demonstrable testaments to the need for PPBS reform.