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Pincus, Walter. "National Intelligence Director Proves to Be Difficult Post to Fill: Uncertainties Over Role, Authority Are Blamed for Delays." Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2005, A4. []

"Six weeks after President Bush signed the intelligence bill calling for a new director of national intelligence, the White House is still looking for what the president told reporters last week is 'the right person to handle this very sensitive position.' ... Within the intelligence community and on Capitol Hill, officials say they believe the delay stems at least partly from continuing uncertainty over what real power and authority the new director will have."


Pincus, Walter. "National Intelligence Director Says He'll Stay On." Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2006, A6. []

DNI John D. Negroponte, "who had been rumored to be going over to the State Department as deputy secretary," has said in an interview with C-Span "that he plans to remain in his current position through the end of the Bush administration." Negroponte has "assembled a staff from other agencies that now totals 1,200."


Pincus, Walter. "Negroponte Calls Intelligence Restructuring a 'Work in Progress.'" Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2007, A8. []

In a farewell address on 19 January 2007 to "400 senior intelligence community officials and a portion of the 1,700 employees" that make up the DNI's office, John D. Negroponte said that "[t]he 'complex and demanding' process of restructuring the U.S. intelligence community is still 'a work in progress.'"


Pincus, Walter. "Negroponte Steps Into Loop: CIA Station Chiefs Are Instructed to Include Him in Reporting." Washington Post, 13 May 2005, A4. []

According to senior intelligence officials, DNI John D. Negroponte in April 2005 "sent a message to the CIA chiefs of station around the world telling them to report back to him when carrying out matters related to the overall U.S. intelligence community."


Pincus, Walter. "New Chief Is Critical of Barriers Within CIA." Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2006, A6. []

DCIA Gen. Michael V. Hayden "told agency employees [on 18 September 2006] that their intelligence activities are too segmented, saying that operations officers ... need to work more closely with the analysts." One tactic in breaking down barriers "will be to limit much of the independence each directorate had in the past and centralize more authority with Hayden."

[CIA/00s/06; CIA/DCIs/DCIAs/Hayden]

Pincus, Walter. "New Law to Spread the Use of CIA's Analysis Approach." Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2004, A21. []

The "intelligence reform act requires several key CIA analysis practices to be enforced throughout the entire intelligence community" (IC). The DNI "must pick an 'individual or entity' to be responsible for ensuring that 'elements of the [IC] conduct alternative analysis of the information and conclusions in intelligence products.'... Another CIA practice being spread ... is to have a quality control office or officer make sure that analyses conform to high standards." The DNI must also "appoint an individual [within the director's office] who would provide" the function of the CIA's "ombudsman to whom analysts and others can raise concerns about problems that do not require a full investigation" by the inspector general.

[Analysis/Gen; CIA/00s/04/Gen; Reform/00s/04/Act]

Pincus, Walter. "New Top Spy Inherits an Office Still Finding Its Way." Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2007, A10. []

President Bush's choice to be DNI, retired Navy Vice Adm. John M. McConnell, "must pick up the job of restructuring the nation's $42 billion intelligence community, which after 19 months is still very much a work in progress.... He will manage the collection and analysis of intelligence from the 17 agencies and roughly 100,000 people in the U.S. intelligence community....

"The DNI's other major role is as the president's top intelligence adviser. That means being present six mornings a week when Bush gets his national security briefing.... This part of the job requires the DNI to take time the night before to read the roughly 28-page daily briefing report and to show up at his Old Executive Office Building suite next to the White House at about 6:30 each morning to go over the latest intelligence."


Pincus, Walter. "9/11 Panel's Plan Would Reduce Influence of CIA: Experts Predict Realignment of Roles." Washington Post, 29 Jul. 2004, A6. []

"The intelligence reorganization proposed by the Sept. 11 commission would have the overall effect of sharply reducing the influence of the CIA while increasing the importance of the Pentagon and giving the White House more direct control over covert operations, according to assessments by a range of experts including commission and congressional staff members, legislators and current and former intelligence officials."


Pincus, Walter. "No Decision Near on Altering Pollard's Sentence, White House Says." Washington Post, 10 Jan. 1999, A4. []


Pincus, Walter. "Not a Happy Camper: Aldrich Ames, the CIA Spy, Is Warring with the Agency Over His Prison Conditions." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 21-27 Apr. 1995, 10-11.

Pincus, Walter. "Not-So-Secret Agent Man." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 13-19 Nov. 1995, 35.

DCI Deutch's announcement to Congress that U.S. policymakers will be granted access to details about the sources of CIA information has created a stir among present and former Directorate of Operations officers.


Pincus, Walter. "NSA System Crash Raises Hill Worries: Agency Computers Termed Out of Date." Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2000, A19. []

According to members of the House and Senate intelligence committees on 1 February 2000, the failure of NSA's information processing system last week "is merely the latest sign that the super-secret agency has allowed some of its computer technology to fall woefully out of date."


Pincus, Walter. "NSA System Inoperative for Four Days." Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2000, A2. []

From the evening of 24 January through early 28 January 2000, "the main computers of the National Security Agency failed, causing an unprecedented blackout of information [at NSA's processing facility] at Fort Meade," officials said on 29 January. "Most of the data that were not processed were stored, and that backlog is now being worked on to see what may have been missed.... 'There was a significant loss of processing, but collection continued unaffected,' [a] senior intelligence official said. 'We may have lost timeliness, but we have not lost intelligence.'"


Pincus, Walter. "Nuclear Security Blanket: Compromise May Be Near on New Agency to Oversee Atomic Arms." Washington Post, 20 Jun. 1999, A3. [http://www.]

"[T]he Department of Energy and its congressional critics are moving toward a compromise: creating a new agency within the department to oversee the production of America's nuclear weapons."


Pincus, Walter. "Officials Say Iranian Messages About Anti-Saddam Plot Triggered FBI Probe of CIA." Washington Post, 18 Feb. 1998, A15.

"Messages between Iranian intelligence officials describing an alleged CIA-financed plot to kill Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in early 1995 triggered an unusual FBI investigation into whether agency clandestine officers had violated a U.S. ban on involvement in political assassinations.... Five CIA case officers were brought back from northern Iraq, interrogated and given polygraph tests by the FBI about the alleged assassination plot, according to a report in Sunday's Los Angeles Times.... The agency officers eventually were cleared, according to sources."


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