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Collaborative Approach Yields Intelligence Sharing

Collaborative Approach Yields Intelligence Sharing

The RED DART program educates cleared defense contractors and other businesses about insider and outsider threats to their trade secrets. “But the other aspect of the program is that RED DART participants share information from industry about suspicious activity and then make that information available to the intelligence community,” said Special Agent Michelle Brody of the Defense Security Service (DSS).

In addition to the FBI, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and DSS, other RED DART participants include the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, the U.S. Army 902nd Military Intelligence Group at Fort Bragg, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service. According to FBI Special Agent Lou Velasco, before RED DART these agencies tended to do this work on their own, which duplicated efforts and hindered intelligence sharing.

“RED DART is a great platform for intelligence sharing,” he said. “And since the 9/11 attacks, we have learned that intelligence is what drives investigations.”

The concept is catching on. RED DART programs are now operating in Virginia, South Carolina, and Mississippi.