Greg Miller


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Miller, Greg. "CIA Promotes Top Paramilitary Officer to Lead Spying Branch." Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2015. []

On 29 January 2015, "[t]he CIA's top paramilitary officer was named head" of the National Clandestine Service. This move "may signal a broader organizational shake-up by Director John Brennan in the coming months.... The CIA did not reveal the identity of its new espionage chief.... But the officer's first name and middle initial -- Greg V. -- have appeared in numerous books cleared by agency censors."

[CIA/10s/15 & Components/NCS]

Miller, Greg. "CIA Pushed to Add Boston Bomber to Terror Watch List." Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2013. []

On 24 April 2013, U.S. officials said "[t]he CIA pushed to have" the name of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev placed on the National Counterterrorism Center's "database known as the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment" (TIDE), used "to feed information to other lists, including the FBI's main terrorist screening database."

[CIA/10s/13; Terrorism/10s/13]

Miller, Greg. "CIA Remains Behind Most Drone Strikes, Despite Effort to Shift Campaign to Defense." Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2013. []

"Six months after President Obama signaled his desire to shift the [drone war] campaign to the Defense Department, the CIA's drone operations center in Langley, Va., is still behind the vast majority of strikes."


Miller, Greg. "CIA Rushed to Save Diplomats as Libya Attack Was Underway." Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2012. []

According to U.S. intelligence officials on 1 November 2012, "[t]he CIA rushed security operatives to an American diplomatic compound in Libya within 25 minutes of its coming under attack and played a more central role in the effort to fend off a night-long siege than has been acknowledged publicly..... The agency mobilized the evacuation effort, took control of an unarmed U.S. military drone to map possible escape routes, dispatched an emergency security team from Tripoli,... and chartered aircraft that ultimately carried surviving American personnel to safety."


Miller, Greg. "CIA Ramping Up Covert Training Program for Moderate Syrian Rebels." Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2013. []

According to U.S. officials, the CIA "has sent additional paramilitary teams to secret bases in Jordan in recent weeks in a push to double the number of rebel fighters getting CIA instruction and weapons before being sent back to Syria. The agency has trained fewer than 1,000 rebel fighters this year, current and former U.S. officials said.... The descriptions of the CIA training program provide the most detailed account to date of the limited dimensions and daunting objectives of a CIA operation that President Obama secretly authorized in a covert action finding he signed this year."

[CA/10s/13; CIA/10s/13; OtherCountries/Syria]

Miller, Greg. "CIA's Ambitious Post-9/11 Spy Plan Crumbles." Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2008. []

"The CIA set up a network of front companies in Europe and elsewhere after the Sept. 11 attacks as part of a constellation of 'black stations' for a new generation of spies, according to current and former agency officials. But after spending hundreds of millions of dollars setting up as many as 12 of the companies, the agency shut down all but two after concluding they were ill-conceived and poorly positioned for gathering intelligence on the CIA's principal targets: terrorist groups and unconventional weapons proliferation networks."

[CIA/00s/08 & Components/NCS]

Miller, Greg. "CIA Says It Moved Iranian Scientist, 2nd Informant to U.S. over Safety Concerns." Washington Post, 17 Jul. 2010, A6. []

According to current and former U.S. officials, Shahram Amiri "was one of two CIA informants whisked out of Iran last year by the agency amid concerns that the Tehran government had discovered they were providing secrets to the United States." Officials noted that "Amiri was among half a dozen sources who had provided information to the CIA from inside Iran's nuclear program and were subsequently resettled in the United States."


Miller, Greg. "CIA Seeks to Expand Drone Fleet, Officials Say." Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2012. []

According to U.S. officials, CIA Director David H. Petraeus "is urging the White House to approve" the addition of "as many as 10 drones" to the agency's inventory of armed drones "that has ranged between 30 and 35 over the past few years."


Miller, Greg. "CIA Selects New Head of Clandestine Service, Passing over Female Officer." Washington Post, 7 May 2013. []

On 7 May 2013, CIA Director John O. Brennan announced that "a 57-year-old longtime officer who served tours in Pakistan and Africa and was recently in charge of the agency's Latin America division" had been named to lead the National Clandestine Service. The interim head, "the first woman to lead the agency's clandestine service," was not selected for the job, and "is expected to resume her prior role as [NCS} deputy." CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood "noted that women will fill two other senior CIA jobs": Meroe Park was named executive director and Deb Bonk will serve as Brennan's chief of staff."

Jeff Stein, "Nice Invisibilty Cloak!" Newsweek, 11 Oct. 2013, reports the naming in May 2013 of Frank Archibald as NCS director.

[CIA/10s/13 & Components/NCS]

Miller, Greg. "CIA to Station More Analysts Overseas as Part of Its Strategy." Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2010, A18. []

"The CIA's overseas expansion since Sept. 11, 2001, has mainly been evident on the operations side." But the agency also has been sending more analysts abroad, "in what officials described as a major shift in how the agency trains and deploys its analysts." The number of analysts overseas "is expected to grow under a plan unveiled this week by CIA Director Leon Panetta. In a speech to the agency workforce, Panetta said there would be 'more co-location of analysts and operators at home and abroad' over the next five years, and that the fusion of the two 'has been key to victories in counterterrorism and counterproliferation.'"

[CIA/2010 & Components/DI]

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