Dozier, Kimberly. "House Votes To Spend More on 2013 Spy Budget than White House Wants, Signaling Fight To Come." Associated Press, 31 May 2012. [http://www.therepublic.com]
On 31 May 2012, the House voted 386-28 "to give the intelligence community a few billion dollars more" than the White House had requested in the 2013 intelligence budget. The Senate will need to "vote on its own version" of the intelligence budget. According to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI), the White House had requested "$72 billion to fund spying activities in 2013, but the House voted for a 'modest' increase to pay for satellite and other spying technology." Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-MD, noted that "the amount is 4 percent less than last year's budget," which "would put this year's House request at about $77 billion."
Dozier, Kimberly. "Memorial Day 2012: CIA Remembers Those Lost in Covert War on Terror." Associated Press, 26 May 2012. [http://www.huffingtonpost.com]
"The CIA is remembering those lost in the hidden, often dangerous world of espionage, adding a new star to the intelligence agency's memorial wall and more than a dozen names to its hallowed Book of Honor. The new star carved into the wall is for Jeffrey Patneau, a young officer killed in a car crash in Yemen in September 2008."
Dozier, Kimberly. "New Inspector General Finally Watching CIA." Associated Press, 7 Oct. 2010. [http://www.ap.org]
The CIA "says new Inspector General David Buckley started work this week, filling a post that had been empty for a year and a half.... Buckley, a former Air Force special agent, served previously on the House intelligence committee, the Senate investigations subcommittee and inspector general offices at Treasury and the Pentagon."
[CIA/2010s/10 & Components/ODCIA]
Dozier, Kimberly. "Pentagon Says Intel Contractors Went Too Far." Associated Press, 29 Oct. 2010. [http://www.ap.org]
"A high-level Defense Department inquiry [has] concluded that defense contractor Michael Furlong ... ran what amounted to an illegal spying ring of private military contractors" in Afghanistan. The report, "[d]rafted by Michael Decker, the Pentagon's assistant secretary for intelligence oversight," says that "Furlong's human intelligence collection program, known as 'Information Operations Capstone,' amounted to a 'violation of executive orders' and Defense Department policy.... There are two more Pentagon investigations under way into the matter," one by the Defense Department inspector general and another by the Air Force.
Dozier, Kimberly. "Special Operations Troops Learn the Art of Gathering Evidence to Aid the Anti-terror Fight." Associated Press, 4 Jan. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
"Special operators of all types are learning" how to gather evidence "at Fort Bragg's Special Warfare Center.... The coursework is similar to the CIA's ... training center called The Farm, and is at the brainchild of Green Beret Maj. Gen. Bennet Sacolick, a veteran of elite special operations units and a long stint on loan to the CIA.... The school is also an illustration of how special operations and intelligence forces have reached a less-contentious coexistence."
Dozier, Kimberly. "US Officials: White House Picks Special-Ops Chief." Associated Press, 3 Jan. 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
"The top Pentagon job overseeing the secret special operations war on terrorist groups has been offered to former U.S. counterterrorism ambassador Michael Sheehan, according to two senior U.S. officials.... The post, currently held by CIA veteran Michael Vickers, comes with the cumbersome title of assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity conflict & interdependent capabilities.... Vickers is running the office while awaiting his own confirmation hearing for the Pentagon's top intelligence job, his spokesman said." [Michael G. Vickers was confirmed as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USDI) by the Senate on 17 March 2011. See http://www.defense.gov/bios/biographydetail.aspx?biographyid=178]
Dozier, Kimberly. "Wraps Come Off Special Operations Afghan War Plan." Associated Press, 12 Apr. 2012. [http://www.ap.org]
The head of U.S. special operations, Adm. Bill McRaven, "is mapping out a potential Afghanistan war plan that would replace thousands of U.S. troops with small special operations teams paired with Afghans to help an inexperienced Afghan force withstand a Taliban onslaught as U.S. troops withdraw. While the overall campaign would still be led by conventional military, the handfuls of special operators would become the leading force to help Afghans secure the large tracts of territory won in more than a decade of U.S. combat."
[MI/Ops/Afgh/12 & SpecOps/12]
Dozier, Kimberly, and Munir Ahmed. "AP Sources: Pakistan Issues Dozens of CIA Visas." Associated Press, 22 Jun 2011. [http://www.associatedpress.com]
"Pakistan has issued more than three dozen visas to CIA officers as part of confidence-building measures following the U.S. raid that killed ... Osama bin Laden and humiliated Pakistan, officials from both countries" said on 22 June 2011.... The CIA officers would be part of an expanded joint counterterrorism force in Pakistan focused on hunting terrorism suspects."
Dozier, Kimberly, and Robert Burns. "Bin Laden Raid Shows Blur Between Military and Intelligence: Who's a Soldier, Who's a Spy?" Associated Press, 5 May 2011. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
"Navy SEALs carried out what those involved call a textbook military operation that killed ... Osama bin Laden. Yet the man in charge was CIA Director Leon Panetta.... That speaks volumes about the government's rarely noticed post-9/11 melding of military might with intelligence craft.... In the bin Laden mission, the chain of command extended from [President] Obama to Panetta to Navy Adm. William H. McRaven," commander of the military's Joint Special Operations Command. "The military is capable of leading a counterterror operation like the bin Laden raid, but putting the CIA in charge avoided potential controversy over legal questions."
[CIA/10s/11; MI/SpecOps/10s/11; Terrorism/10s/11]
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