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  • INSPIRING REFORM THROUGH INFORMATION SHARING

    Enhancing national security and civil liberties

 

About National Security

  • The events of 9/11 drove home the critical need for timely information sharing among agencies charged with protecting the nation. Already examining how best to protect the nation from terrorist threats, Markle convened the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age to help create a collaborative environment for information sharing. In a series of reports, the bipartisan Markle Task Force developed policy and technology recommendations for protecting America against the threats of the modern era while protecting civil liberties.
  • The Markle Task Force’s work formed the basis for intelligence reform and information sharing. Many of its recommendations informed the 9/11 Commission Report, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act 2004, the Protect America Act of 2007, and a wide range of actions in the public and private sectors. As a result, there has been a virtual reorganization of government, a new way of thinking that inspires reform in the way agencies, people, and technology collaborate and communicate.
 

Post-9/11 Legacy

  • Since 9/11, there has been measurable progress in protecting the nation against terrorism and other threats to our national security. In recognition of the tenth year anniversary, Zoë Baird Budinger, President of the Markle Foundation, and Jeffrey H. Smith, a member of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, concluded in a Washington Post Op-Ed that there is evidence in the fight against terrorism that, in fact, government has been able to transform itself.
  • More than ten years later there has been a virtual reorganization of government, a new way of thinking that inspires reform in the way agencies, people, and technology collaborate and communicate. Over the years, the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age has recommended ways to improve decisions affecting our national security by changing how government works, transforming business and information sharing processes.
 

Our Impact

  • National Security Reports

    The Markle Task Force reports reframed the role of intelligence in protecting the nation while preserving civil liberties. They informed the 9/11 Commission Report and were embraced in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and the Protect America Act of 2007.

  • National Security Reports

    The Markle Task Force reports reframed the role of intelligence in protecting the nation while preserving civil liberties. They informed the 9/11 Commission Report and were embraced in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and the Protect America Act of 2007.

  • Sharing and Collaboration

    From 2002 to 2012, the Markle Task Force offered a broad vision and detailed recommendations on key policy and technology issues affecting the creation of a trusted information environment. Many were adopted by executive order and incorporated in federal legislation.

  • Sharing and Collaboration

    From 2002 to 2012, the Markle Task Force offered a broad vision and detailed recommendations on key policy and technology issues affecting the creation of a trusted information environment. Many were adopted by executive order and incorporated in federal legislation.

  • The Lawfare Blog

    The Lawfare blog provides daily coverage of legal developments and debates on national security. Developed with support from Markle, it is a go-to resource managed by key scholars and practitioners for the policy community.

  • The Lawfare Blog

    The Lawfare blog provides daily coverage of legal developments and debates on national security. Developed with support from Markle, it is a go-to resource managed by key scholars and practitioners for the policy community.

 

Task Force

Markle convened the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age in 2002 to determine how best to make information discoverable and accessible to the right officials at the right time to enable improved decision making with regard to major security threats against our nation while protecting traditional civil liberties.

James L. Barksdale

  • Partner and Co-founder, The Barksdale Group
  • Co-chair, Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age

Zoë Baird

  • President, Markle Foundation
  • Co-chair, Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age

Robert D. Atkinson, PhD

  • President, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Rand Beers

  • Under Secretary for the National Protection & Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security

Eric A. Benhamou

  • Chairman and CEO, Benhamou Global Ventures LLC

Bruce Berkowitz

  • Research Fellow, Hoover Institution