New Law and National Security Report – No More Secrets: National Security Strategies for a Transparent World
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 3, 2011—Recent events highlight the difficulty of keeping secrets in today’s increasingly transparent world. A new report released by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security summarizes workshop discussions led by national security experts identifying national security strategies for addressing this challenge. The group examined the implications of a world without secrets and what today’s secrets involve.
The team that convened included government, private sector, non-profit and academic national security experts. Although members of the working group did not all agree in every aspect of the discussion, there was general consensus that the government and private sector “confront an enormous challenge in trying to learn how to prevail in an increasingly transparent world.”
The report recommends that the government operate with fewer secrets to gain a significant advantage over those who “continue to cling to traditional notions of indefinite information monopoly.”
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The “No More Secrets: National Security Strategies for a Transparent World” Workshop was not for attribution. The materials contained herein represent the opinions of the discussants and do not reflect the official policy of their respective agencies, private sector organizations, or any entity of the United States government. The materials do not represent the policy position of the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive or the American Bar Association or the Standing Committee on Law and National Security. These materials and any forms and agreements or views herein are intended for educational and informational purposes only, and imagine a world where technological intrusion coupled with insider threats has threatened the ability for secure communications. This discussion was based on this hypothetical situation and is intended to help spark discussions to assist policymakers, educate lawyers, the media and the public.