Improving Information Sharing to Support US National Interests

  • September 01, 2014
  • Colonel James C. Royse

Existing national and DoD classified military information (CMI) foreign disclosure policy does not effectively support U.S. security interests. The US National Security Strategy promotes US security interests through partner capacity, emphasizing at-risk states. Diplomatic and military elements of national power require support from the information element. Foreign disclosure policy can be changed to support better alignment of US interests and partner nation action. Principal-agent theory offers a way to frame foreign disclosure policy changes by applying a metric of improved interest alignment gained through reduced information asymmetry. A more effective national policy reflects the information environment, leverages technology to support foreign disclosure, and leverages CMI disclosure as a means of reducing information asymmetry to improve partner state interest alignment with U.S. security interests. The proposed information sharing policy enables the information element of national power to support U.S. interests in at-risk states in the context of a multi-polar international order.