Dozier, Kimberly. "AP Exclusive: Building a Network to Hit Militants." Associated Press, 5 Jan. 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
"The Obama administration has ramped up its secret war on terror groups with a new military targeting center to oversee the growing use of special operations strikes against suspected militants in hot spots around the world, according to current and former U.S. officials. Run by the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, the new center would be a significant step in streamlining targeting operations previously scattered among U.S. and battlefields abroad and giving elite military officials closer access to Washington decision-makers and counterterror experts, the officials said."
Dozier, Kimberly. "CIA Following Twitter, Facebook." Associated Press, 4 Nov. 2011. [http://www.ap.org]
At the CIA's "Open Source Center, a team known affectionately as the 'vengeful librarians' ... pores over [tweets,] Facebook, newspapers, TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms -- anything overseas that anyone can access and contribute to openly."
Dozier, Kimberly. "CIA Forms New Center to Combat Nukes, WMDs." Associated Press, 18 Aug. 2010. [http://www.ap.org]
CIA Director Leon Panetta said on 18 August 2010 that the CIA "is opening a counterproliferation center to combat the spread of dangerous weapons and technology.... The center would formalize the collaboration between the agency's analysts and operators."
Dozier, Kimberly. "CIA Punished 16 Officers in Peru Plane Shootdown." Associated Press, 1 Nov. 2010. [http://www.ap.org]
"A declassified 2008 CIA inspector general report released [on 1 November 2010] recommended [administrative] punishments" for 16 retired and current CIA officers "for their role in Peru's 2001 shootdown of a plane that killed two innocent Americans." CIA Director Leon Panetta "accepted those penalties in December 2009, the CIA said in a statement." See U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Inspector General, Report of Investigation: Procedures used in Narcotics Airbridge Denial Program in Peru, 1995-2001, 25 Aug. 2008 [Approved for release 1 Nov. 2010], at: http://www.foia.cia.gov.
Dozier, Kimberly. "Defense Intelligence Community to Tighten Belt." Associated Press, 11 Aug. 2010. [http://www.ap.org]
"The defense intelligence community is combing its budgets to figure out where to cut 10 percent of its contractors as part of Defense Secretary Robert Gates' drive to reduce costs in the Pentagon.... [A]s part of defense budget goals he announced this week,... Gates ordered a review to be completed by Nov. 1 of all Defense Department intelligence missions, organizations, relationships and contracts to eliminate needless duplication. Gates also directed an immediate 10 percent reduction in funding for contractors who provide management, analysis and engineering as well as a freeze on the number of senior executive positions in defense intelligence organizations."
Dozier, Kimberly. "Drone Strike Shows that Secret CIA Attacks Will Continue Despite Obama Pledge for Transparency." Associated Press, 30: May 2013. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
The drone attack that killed Pakistan Taliban deputy leader Waliur Rehman [Wali ur-Rehman] on 29 May 2013 "was a clear signal that despite President Barack Obama's promise last week of new transparency in the drone program, the CIA will still launch secret attacks on militants in north Pakistan." See also, Mark Mazzetti and Declan Walsh, "Pakistan Says U.S. Drone Killed Taliban Leader," 29 May 2013; and Ismail Khan and Ihsanullah Tipu Mehsud, "Hints of a Rift After Pakistani Taliban Deputy's Death," New York Times, 30 May 2013.
[CIA/10s/13; MI/Ops/Afghan/13; Terrorism/10s/13]
Dozier, Kimberly. "'Fixing Intel' General Taking Over Defense Post." Associated Press, 24 Jul. 2012. [http://www.ap.org]
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is taking over commend of the DIA from Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr.on 24 July 2012. Burgess is retiring "from the Army after 38 years of service." See also, Cheryl Pellerin, "New DIA Director Expects Intensified Demands for Intelligence," American Forces Press Service, 10 Aug. 2012.
Dozier, Kimberly. "Four-Star Petraeus Becomes Spymaster Petraeus, Sworn in as 20th Director of CIA." Associated Press, 6 Sep. 2011. [http://www.associatedpress.com]
David Petraeus was sworn in as CIA director on 6 September 2011 by Vice President Joe Biden.
[CIA/2010s/11 & DCIAs/Petraeus]
Dozier, Kimberly. "General-Turned-Spy-Chief Gives Military Greater Role in CIA Analysis of Afghan War." Associated Press, 14 Oct. 2011. [http://www.associatedpress.com]
According to U.S. officials, D/CIA David Petraeus "has ordered his intelligence analysts to give greater weight to the opinions of troops in the fight.... CIA analysts now will consult with battlefield commanders earlier in the process as they help create elements of a National Intelligence Estimate on the course of the war, to more fully include the military's take on the conflict.... Critics of the change say allowing the military more pushback will have a chilling effect on the analysts' ability to give the war a failing grade, a senior intelligence official said."
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