UPI. The US has a backlog of more than 1/2 million security clearances!! This is total BS. Frankly, the whole system is wrong-headed.

First, secrecy is a burden. Our current levels of secrecy makes it
virtually impossible to hire the talent we need. It also prevents the
levels of information sharing we need to be flexible. It is a process
that manufactures silos at an alarming rate.

Second, this level of secrecy isn't in line with the threat we
face. It was built to defend against a nation-state threat. We don't
have one, nor are we likely to have one.

Third, almost everything we need from a security clearance can
be gained through automated means (system monitoring — a real use for
Poindexter's TIA). [John Robb's Weblog]

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