Siobhan Gorman

 

Gorman, Siobhan. "Chief of NSA Urges 'Action': Alexander Wants New Approach, to Fix Systemic Woes." Baltimore Sun, 10 Mar. 2007. [http://www.baltimoresun.com]

An internal memorandum on 21 February 2007 by NSA's director, Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, says "the agency must totally rethink its approach to spying and fix 'systemic problems' identified" after the 9/11 attacks. According to the memo, the problems facing NSA "include obtaining enough electric power to run the high-tech networks at its Fort Meade headquarters, fixing an ailing computer infrastructure, and overcoming difficulties in building a system to uncover threat information in the vast volume of data that the NSA captures every day."

[NSA/00s/07]

Gorman, Siobhan. "CIA Man Is Key to U.S. Relations With Karzai." Wall Street Journal, 24 Aug. 2010. [http://online.wsj.com]

According to "U.S. officials as well as current and former diplomats and military figures," the CIA's station chief in Afghanistan is being used by the Obama administration "to troubleshoot Washington's precarious relationship with President Hamid Karzai" and, thus, "has become a pivotal behind-the-scenes power broker in Kabul.... The station chief's position became more crucial following the June [2010] firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, perhaps the only other senior American who had a close relationship with Mr. Karzai....

"The station chief, a former Marine in his 50s, is known to some colleagues by his nickname, 'Spider.' ... Besides his relationship with Mr. Karzai, he serves the more traditional role of running CIA operations in Afghanistan, a growing component of the war. The CIA is expanding its presence there by 20% to 25%, in its largest surge since Vietnam. The several hundred officers assigned to Afghanistan outnumber those in Iraq at the height of that war."

[CIA/2010s/10; MI/Ops/Afgh/10]

Gorman, Siobhan. "For Spy Agencies, Another Trim in Latest Obama Budget." Wall Street Journal, 7 Mar. 2014. [http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/]

"President Barack Obama's $58.9 billion spending request [for all U.S. spy agencies] for 2015 reflects a 6% drop from the 2014 request of $62.8 billion, the director of national intelligence and the Pentagon said [on 6 March]. Total spy agency spending was $67.6 billion in 2013.... The military intelligence budget request took a larger percentage trim -- nearly 9% -- falling to $13.3 billion in the 2015 request from $14.6 billion for the 2104 budget. The budget request for non-military spy agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency dropped 5%. The $45.6 billion spending request for 2015 is $2.6 billion less than the 2014 request of $48.2 billion."

[GenPostwar/Budgets/15]

Gorman, Siobhan. "Hacker Attacks Hitting Pentagon: But NSA's Methods for Safeguarding Data Are Growing Obsolete." Baltimore Sun, 2 Jul. 2006. [http://www.baltimoresun.com]

"The number of reported attempts to penetrate Pentagon computer networks rose sharply in the past decade.... At the same time, the nation's ability to safeguard sensitive data in those and other government computer systems is becoming obsolete as efforts to make improvements have faltered and stalled. A National Security Agency program [Key Management Infrastructure] to protect secrets at the Defense Department and intelligence and other agencies is seven years behind schedule,... according to intelligence officials and unclassified internal NSA documents obtained by The Sun."

[GenPostwar/InfoWar; NSA/00s/06]

Gorman, Siobhan. "Imagery Intelligence Agency Chief Being Forced from Post." Baltimore Sun, 6 Jan. 2006. [http://www.baltimoresun.com]

According to current and former government officials, James R. Clapper Jr. [LTGEN/USAF (Ret.)] will step down as director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) on 13 June 2006. His departure comes "[a]fter clashing with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld ... over Clapper's testimony to Congress in 2004. The NGA director testified that it would not harm his agency's work if the NGA was removed from the full control of the Pentagon."

[MI/NGA/00s]

Gorman, Siobhan. "Obama Picks Military Man, Blair, as Top Spymaster: Retired Admiral, Next Director of National Intelligence, Is Expected to Play Advisory Role in Choosing CIA Chief." Wall Street Journal, 19 Dec. 2008. [http://online.wsj.com]

President-elect Barack Obama will name retired Adm. Dennis C. Blair as DNI, "according to people close to the transition." Obama is "weighing options" for CIA director. A 34-year veteran of the Navy and former commander in the Pacific, "Blair did one tour as the CIA's military liaison in the mid-1990s."

[DNI/08]

Gorman, Siobhan. "Wanted: Spy Chief." National Journal, 12 Jun. 2004, 1842-1849.

The resignation of DCI George Tenet opens up the need for someone to manage the nation's intelligence efforts. Also, there is discussion of who might take over the new position of Director of National Intelligence (DNI).

[CIA/00s/04/Gen]

Gorman, Siobhan, and Richard E. Cohen. "Hurtling Toward an Intelligence Overhaul." National Journal, 18 Sep. 2004, 2807-2810.

[Reform/00s/04/Debate]

Gorman, Siobhan, and Adam Entous. "CIA Plans Yemen Drone Strikes." Wall Street Journal, 14 Jun. 2011. [http://online.wsj.com]

According to U.S. officials, the CIA "is preparing to launch a secret program to kill al Qaeda militants in Yemen, where months of antigovernment protests, an armed revolt and the attempted assassination of the president have left a power vacuum.... The covert [Clark comment: Can't be all that covert if I am reading about it in the WSJ and other papers] program that would give the U.S. greater latitude than the current military campaign is the latest step to combat the growing threat from al Qaeda's outpost in Yemen." See also, Mark Mazzetti, "C.I.A. Building Base for Strikes in Yemen," New York Times, 14 Jun. 2011; and Greg Miller, "CIA to Operate Drones over Yemen," Washington Post, 14 Jun. 2011.

[CIA/10s/11]

Gorman, Siobhan, and Sydney J. Freedberg. "Carter and Turner on Intelligence Reform." National Journal, 9 Oct. 2004, 3080-3082.

[Reform/00s/04/Debate]

Gorman, Siobhan, and Evan Perez. "FBI Wrestling With Remake as Intelligence Agency: Critics Say Bureau Needs Culture Shift; Director to Testify." Wall Street Journal, 16 Sep. 2008. [http://online.wsj.com]

According to documents reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, an internal study performed last year found a number of weak points in the FBI's efforts to "remak[e] itself into a domestic-intelligence organization." These include "an insufficient number and quality of intelligence sources; a lack of understanding of what information should be collected; intelligence officers with limited awareness of their local areas; and quality-control problems with analysis.... FBI officials said they are implementing fixes to address the problems."

[FBI/00s/08]

Gorman, Siobhan, Yochi J. Dreazen, and August Cole. "Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones." Wall Street Journal, 17 Dec. 2009. [http://online.wsj.com]

According to senior defense and intelligence officials, Iranian-backed Shiite insurgents in Iraq "have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they need to evade or monitor U.S. military operations.... U.S. officials say there is no evidence that militants were able to take control of the drones or otherwise interfere with their flights.... The potential drone vulnerability lies in an unencrypted downlink between the unmanned craft and ground control."

[MI/Ops/00s/Iraq/09; Recon/UAVs/00s]

 

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