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Running head: Midterm Case Study1Midterm Case StudyBradly M. ColemanINFO531Dr. FloresAmerican Military University
Midterm Case Study2AbstractThis paper is going to be covering the topic of the Terrorist Watch List Database consolidationfrom the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center (TSC). The goal of the consolidation of this watch listis to effectively screen and identify potential terrorists who are trying to enter the country. Bydoing so, they can keep the terrorists out of the country and prevent a potential attack on theUnited States of America. In this paper, we will discuss the issues that are involved with thiswatch list database. There are many inconsistencies and duplicated data entries that causeprivacy and constitutional rights issues to the American people. We will talk about theseinconsistencies and potential solutions to minimize them as well as be better organized to handlethe situation. There are many different agencies that are managing this watch list. In this paperwe will discuss how a hierarchy of inter-agency cooperation could be beneficial to the nationalsecurity regarding the terrorists on this watch list.
Midterm Case Study3Midterm Case StudyTrouble with the Terrorist Watch List DatabaseConceptsSome of the concepts from chapter six of“Management Information Systems: Managingthe Digital Firm”that this case study covers are things like organizational management, dataredundancy and inconsistency, program-data dependency, and different aspects of a databasemanagement system (DBMS). Organizational management explains how the file systemhierarchy stores data. It takes different pieces of information that group together to make onerecord and stores them accordingly (Laudon, 2015). The important thing here is that theinformation be updated when flaws are found with the information in the database. In the case ofthe terrorist watch list, the records can get unorganized really fast if there is not a personadministering it that has superb organizational management skills.This also falls in line with data redundancy and inconsistency. This is when multipledepartments are storing the same data in multiple different places (Laudon, 2015). This is a hugeproblem regarding the terrorist watch list database. There are way too many entries being madeinto the database which is causing inconsistency and unnecessary redundancy. Program-datadependency is a way of describing how data may need to be changed if a system’s software isupdated. If the data cannot be changed, the data will then be inaccurate after the update. As perthe case study, it makes no mention of software updates, but it could be hard to believe that therewere no software updates due to the effort of trying to make the system more reliable.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation, Database management system, Watchlist, Secure Flight

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