Aggressive classification of US government documents A new report concludes it harms national security and limits communication on key projects.
The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC) has released the white paper titled “Overrated Rating: How Bad Is It, What’s the Fix?” earlier this month.
The report posits that “excessive secrecy of sophisticated confidential information, called Special Access Programs or SAPs, causes significant harm to our country’s security and overly inflated budgets, and reduces our innovative capacity.” “The unimpeded spread of these SAPs and the lack of oversight and accountability is deeply troubling, as China is rapidly developing new weapon systems and tools that we cannot adapt in this challenging environment.”
She continues, “Military advisors and personnel in the Air Force, Army, Navy, and the nation’s intelligence community make similar complaints. Each has a story of military dysfunction aided or abetted by excessive categorization. For example, military units on the battlefield often resorted to using commercial imagery because they did not They have access to highly classified images obtained from SAP.”
The report was based on interviews with current and former officials within Department of Defense and the intelligence community.
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The National Anti-Corruption Committee also collected data and testimonies from Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials and insiders in Congress.
Prior to release, the report was submitted to the Congressional Public Interest Declassification Board at a special meeting earlier in the month.
Examples of ratings obstruction include duplicate programs within the military in development without cross-communicating, as well as US Space Force The President’s inability to mention satellites that are frequently referred to by name in the press.
NPEC said of it: “Our government currently has over 2,000 security rating guides and nearly 1,400 original rating agencies. It’s impractical in today’s fast-paced environment where decision advantage is critical. No one can reference them all and they don’t.” the findings.
The nonprofit added, “These numbers, and the impossibility of mastering their directives, are a major reason why so many government employees simply hit the rated button—it’s safe, it’s easy, it’s a no-brainer.”