Vernon Loeb

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Loeb, Vernon. "Tenet, Krongard Alter CIA Power Structure." Washington Post, 1 May 2001, A21. []

DCI George J. Tenet and Executive Director A.B. Krongard "told CIA employees late last week they plan to abolish" the Directorate of Administration (DA) "so that support personnel would work much more closely with CIA operatives, analysts and scientists." The reorganization is scheduled to become effective 4 June 2001. The DA's functions "will be centralized in five entities -- information technology, finance, security, global support and human resources. The heads of those entities will join the CIA's Executive Board, where they will be on a par with the leaders of the agency's three primary power centers," the DO, DI, and DS&T.

[CIA/00s/01/Gen; CIA/C&C/DA]

Loeb, Vernon. "Tenet Offers 'No Excuse': Senate Panel Hears CIA Chief on Deutch's Security Lapses." Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2000, A21. []

DCI George J. Tenet told a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on 2 February that "he has 'no excuse' for the CIA's failure to notify the Justice Department in December 1996 that former CIA director John M. Deutch had kept 'enormously sensitive material' on unsecure computers in his home." See also, James Risen, "C.I.A. Admits Slow Move in Security Slip," New York Times, 3 Feb. 2000.


Loeb, Vernon. "Test of Strength." Washington Post, 29 Jul. 2001, W08. [http://www.]

This is a lengthy and generally well-focused magazine article surveying in some depth the challenges facing NSA and its director, Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden. It is worth a read.


Loeb, Vernon. "3 Los Alamos Officials Penalized Over Probe." Washington Post, 11 Sep. 1999, A10. []

Although not named in the 10 September 1999 announcement, Sig Hecker, Los Alamos National Laboratory's former director, Robert S. Vrooman, the Laboratory's former counterintelligence chief, and Terry Craig, a counterintelligence team leader, have "received relatively mild administrative sanctions ... for failing to properly handle an investigation into suspected Chinese espionage at the nuclear weapons facility."


Loeb, Vernon. "U.S. Intelligence Efforts to Get Major Review." Washington Post, 12 May 2001, A3. []

On 9 May 2001, President George W. Bush signed National Security Presidential Directive 5, ordering "a comprehensive review of the nation's intelligence capabilities." DCI George J. Tenet is directed "to determine how the CIA and a dozen sister agencies are coping with rapid technological change and difficult new targets.... Tenet must name an internal panel of intelligence officials and an external panel from the private sector to conduct the review and make recommendations. The directive calls for Tenet to consult with national security adviser Condoleezza Rice in naming the external team."


Loeb, Vernon. "U.S. Is Relaxing Rules on Sale of Satellite Photos." Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2000, A3. []

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has granted a license to Colorado firm Space Imaging Inc. "to sell extremely high-resolution satellite photographs to its customers around the world, effectively relinquishing intelligence agencies' monopoly on precision imagery from space.... Starting in 2004, when Space Imaging plans to launch its next-generation imaging satellite, everyone ... may have access to 'half-meter resolution' images of cities, airports and military bases around the globe, down to what type of radar is mounted on what model tank."


Loeb, Vernon. "U.S. Is Urged to Preempt Terrorists." Washington Post, 4 Jun. 2000, A1. "Just a Suggestion: Get Tougher with Terrorists." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 12 Jun. 2000, 30.

The report of the National Commission on Terrorism, created by Congress in 1998 in the wake of the bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa, urges "the federal government to take more aggressive steps to prevent terrorism, including monitoring all foreign students in the United States, loosening restrictions on the CIA and threatening sanctions against such friendly states as Greece and Pakistan....

"While generally complimentary of the FBI and the CIA, the 10-member commission recommended the repeal of regulations that require senior officials at CIA headquarters to approve the recruitment of any counterterrorist informant who may have committed serious criminal violations.... Similarly, the commission said the FBI should streamline its rules on what justifies opening a preliminary or full investigation of a terrorist suspect."

The commission is chaired by L. Paul Bremer III, and includes Maurice Sonnenberg, Richard K. Betts, Gen. Wayne A. Downing; Jane Harman, Fred C. Ikle, Juliette N. Kayyem, John F. Lewis Jr., Gardner Peckham, and R. James Woolsey.

The Commission Report, "Countering the Changing Threat of International Terrorism," is available at:


Loeb, Vernon. "U.S. Lacked Certainty on Target in Sudan." Washington Post, 21 Aug. 1999, A1. []

"One month before the United States bombed the El Shifa pharmaceutical plant in Sudan, CIA analysts said more testing would be needed before they could firmly conclude that the plant was producing a key component of deadly VX nerve gas."


Loeb, Vernon. "U.S. Spent $3 Billion to Protect Embassies." Washington Post, 23 Jul. 2001, A20. []

"Since terrorist bombs destroyed two U.S. embassies in East Africa nearly three years ago, the State Department has spent $3 billion on security initiatives that include shatter-proof windows, high-tech screening devices and plainclothes surveillance teams at embassies around the world. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell is proposing an additional $1.3 billion for even more security upgrades in the coming fiscal year as the number of intelligence reports on possible terrorist threats have grown higher than ever."


Loeb, Vernon. "Wall St. Wiz Is More Than CIA's Cyber-Eye." Washington Post, 7 Oct. 1999, A33. []

A year and a half ago, DCI George J. Tenet "brought in Wall Street heavyweight A.B. 'Buzzy' Krongard to serve as his 'counselor'.... The man who helped underwrite Microsoft and AOL as head of Alex Brown & Co." is now "helping Tenet & Co. start up a CIA venture capital firm ... that's supposed to keep the agency abreast of computer technology."


Loeb, Vernon. "Wanted: A Few Good Spies; After Dry Spell, CIA Hiring Again." Washington Post, 27 Nov. 1998, A1. []

The CIA "has launched its largest recruiting campaign ... in more than a decade." Recruiters say they are holding their own "against private sector competition for candidates with skills such as imagery analysis, engineering, computer science and language fluency in Farsi, Arabic, Korean, Chinese and Japanese." The CIA is focusing on "66 colleges and universities with which it either has -- or hopes to develop -- close recruiting ties. The list includes the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, Cornell, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Howard, Grambling, Brigham Young, Texas A&M, Texas, Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue, Stanford and Berkeley."

See also, Bruce B. Auster, "Spies Wanted: James Bond Need Not Apply," U.S. News & World Report, 15 Jun. 1998, 32.


Loeb, Vernon. "Weaving a Web of Secrets: Intranet Transforms Intelligence Sharing." Washington Post, 1 Dec. 1998, A23. []

"Imagery, communications intercepts and all manner of intelligence reports move in seconds across an intelligence community intranet called Intelink, a top-secret, super-secure network that has revolutionized the dissemination of U.S. intelligence and become a potent, searchable analytic tool for analysts and military officers all over the world.

"Fredrick Thomas Martin, a former National Security Agency official, tells how all this happened in a new book called 'Top Secret Intranet,' describing a journey through cyberspace in which the nation's 13 intelligence agencies have gone from zealously guarding their own secrets to sharing many of them over what the book touts as 'the world's largest, most secure network.'"


Loeb, Vernon. "Web Security, Privacy Are Goals of CIA Effort: Agency Funding Software Development." Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2000. []

Gilman Louie, president and CEO of the CIA's venture capital fund, said in an interview on 15 February 2000 that In-Q-Tel "has entered into a $3 million contract with Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) for development of software designed to protect Web sites against 'denial of service' attacks and to make computer addresses invisible to 'sniffer' programs."


Loeb, Vernon. "Where the CIA Wages Its New World War: Counterterrorist Center Makes Many Arrests, Pursues Bin Laden With Aid of FBI, NSA." Washington Post, 9 Sep. 1998, A17. []

"[T]he CIA's Counterterrorist Center created an unusual bin Laden 'station' in 1996 to target the Islamic extremist and disrupt his worldwide terrorist network, intelligence officials say. Since then, the Counterterrorist Center has assisted foreign intelligence and law enforcement in the arrest of 40 alleged terrorist operatives, including numerous bin Laden associates, the officials say. Twenty-one of those arrests have come since June, the officials said."

[CIA/90s/98/Gen; Terrorism/90s/98/Gen]

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