Western military officials meet to boost anti-terrorism data-sharing

On 26 April, US and Europe's top military officials met in Germany to discuss better information-sharing and coordination strategies to fight terrorism. The panel recognised that important steps forward have been taken in the last years. Still, data-sharing “remains one of the things that we’ve most got to work on," said US General Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of the US European Command.

The Islamic State (IS) is constantly improving its online capabilities with more refined use of social media and encryption. In April 2017, attacks in Stockholm and Paris, perpetrated by assailants previously known to the authorities, demonstrated how data-sharing is still perfectible. Besides the military meeting, similar meetings for judicial officials should be organised, Scaparrotti pointed out. He also recommended NATO members to boost military spending to face the “dramatically changing environment”. Europe’s security is tied to intelligence services’ capacity to sift through the web and share knowledge.

About author: Giorgio Sirtori

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