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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A "philosophical change" is needed to help break barriers that keep the United States from sharing information with its coalition partners, the top commander in the Middle East told a lunchtime audience here May 12.
"The question should not be 'need to know,' it should be 'need to share,' " U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), said at a joint war-fighting conference. "If you approach this issue with the imperative of sharing," rather than restricting information, "you literally change the way you approach the whole process."