Biden and Trump documents expose wider problem: Missing classified records not uncommon

The Biden and Trump classified document revelations are very different, even though both indicate U.S. national security could have been put at risk by sensitive

government documents stored in unsecured personal locations. But they do have one similarity, security analysts tell USA TODAY: Both cases underscore how the

U.S. system of safeguarding classified presidential documents is in urgent need of improvement, especially during the critical period when one administration hands over the White

House keys to another. The massive volume of records generated or used by the president, vice president and their large National Security Council staff are

among the most closely held secrets in the U.S. government. Some would constitute a “grave threat” to U.S. national security if left unsecured or stored in places where they could

potentially fall into the hands of America’s adversaries, according to U.S. intelligence guidelines. Some could disclose such things as the names of U.S. undercover spies and

covert operations. Others could divulge the nuclear weapons capabilities of U.S. allies and enemies.  Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each

morning. 5 key questions: What still don't know about Biden's documents Yet problems with safeguarding such documents have been known for

years, if not decades. And current and former government officials, security analysts and private watchdog groups have been pushing for reforms, with little success.