Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft
26 March 1999. Thanks to Dan Dupont.
Inside the Pentagon, March 25, 1999
Cohen: attestation process has become a 'nuisance'
HAMRE, STAFF ARE FIRST TO TAKE NEW PLEDGE OF COMMITMENT TO SECRECY
Daniel G. Dupont
Continuing a string of initiatives designed to improve the security of military information, Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre and 10 members of his staff last week became the first in the Pentagon to make an "oral attestation" of their commitment to the terms and conditions of their security clearances.
The new demand for an oral attestation, in addition to the current mandate for a written pledge of commitment, adds to the growing number of requirements for gaining access to the military's highest secrets as the national security establishment grows warier of leaks and insufficient information protection.
The new policy springs from a belief held by Hamre and others that the security of military information is more vulnerable than ever. Last year Hamre instituted new rules governing the types of information that can be released to the public via Internet sites, creating a new layer of secrecy that labels some unclassified information available in paper form more dangerous when it is accessible electronically (Inside the Pentagon, Oct. 1, 1998, p1).