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Pincus, Walter. "Pentagon Gaining Turf from the CIA: Intelligence Aides Deny Accounts that Deutch Lets Langley Lose Ground to Military." Washington Post, 16 Nov. 1995, A21.

SSCI Vice Chairman Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) has announced his opposition to DCI John "Deutch's proposed consolidation of intelligence imagery analysis in a new Pentagon-run agency, which would swallow up the CIA's National Photo[graphic] Interpretation Center along with the Defense Department-based Central Imagery Office and Defense Mapping Agency."

[CIA/90s/95/Gen; MI/NIMA]

Pincus, Walter.

1. "Pentagon May Get New Intelligence Chief: Undersecretary Post Wins Hill Support." Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2002, A11. []

"Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's plan to create a new post, undersecretary of defense for intelligence, picks up a 10-year-old idea that ... now appears on the verge of gaining congressional approval.... Rich Haver,... Rumsfeld's special assistant for intelligence, is the favorite to get the job."

2. "Rumsfeld Move in Pentagon Criticized." Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2002, A16. []

"Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's decision to create an undersecretary of defense for military intelligence is being criticized by lawmakers and analysts, who say it is aimed at heading off a more fundamental reorganization of the intelligence system and is a potential challenge" to DCI George J. Tenet.

[MI/00s & Management]

Pincus, Walter. "Pentagon Plans More Espionage; Unified Service Might Use Phony Businesses For Spying Overseas." Washington Post, 30 Oct. 1995, A1, A7. "Spies in Uniform." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 6-12 Nov. 1995, 32.

The new Defense HUMINT Service (DHS) brings together the military's uniformed and civilian clandestine assets previously spread among the four services. DHS has a three-year provisional go ahead for setting up overseas businesses as cover for collection activities.


Pincus, Walter. "Pentagon to End Talon Data-Gathering Program." Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2007, A10. []

Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr. "is moving to end the controversial Talon electronic data program. The program "collected and circulated unverified reports about people and organizations that allegedly threaten" DoD facilities." Talon -- Threat and Local Observation Notices -- began in 2003 and has been "operated under the direction of the Counterintelligence Field Activity" (CIFA).


Pincus, Walter. "Pentagon's Intelligence Authority Widens: Fact Sheet Details Secretive Agency's Growth From Focus on Policy to Counterterrorism." Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2005, A10. []

According to a fact sheet obtained by the Washington Post, the Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA), "charged with protecting military facilities and personnel wherever they are, is carrying out intelligence collection, analysis and operations within the United States and abroad.... CIFA's authority is still growing." Earlier this month, DoD "gave CIFA authority to task domestic investigations and operations by the counterintelligence units of the military services."

[GenPostCW/00s/05; MI/00s/05; Overviews/Legal/Military]

Pincus, Walter. "Pentagon to Upgrade Intelligence Structure: Officials Want Analysts on Front Lines." Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2005, A17 [].

DoD "is seeking to remodel and upgrade its intelligence structure and operations, based on experience in Afghanistan and Iraq and current and expected systems for collecting technical and human intelligence... Among the first steps the Pentagon is planning is upgrading intelligence from being a staff function at headquarters to having analysts and human intelligence collectors on the front lines, particularly in the war on terrorism."


Pincus, Walter. "Petraeus Calls CIA a 'Bargain' at Confirmation Hearing." Washington Post, 23 Jun. 2011. []

At his confirmation hearing on 23 June 2011 to be CIA director, "Gen. David H. Petraeus called the CIA the 'best bargain' the country gets." The general said "that, contrary to reports, he wants the CIA directorship and has told others he hopes to be in the position for a long time." Petraeus also "raised a subject of great concern to the intelligence community: the continuing criminal investigations associated with detainee deaths and the harsh interrogation methods undertaken by the CIA during the George W. Bush administration. Petraeus said that it is time to stop 'looking in the rearview mirror' and that the nation should consider the mood in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."


Pincus, Walter. "Predator to See More Combat: Drone Will Get More Weapons for 'Hunter-Killer' Missions." Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2005, A3. []

According to Pentagon documents, the Air Force's Predator B UAV "will perform primarily 'hunter-killer' missions.... The current Predator's primary mission has been to supply real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for other forces. The new Predator B will perform that as a secondary role."


Pincus, Walter. "President Gets to Fill Ranks of New Intelligence Superstructure: Reform Legislation Is Set to Be Signed Into Law on Friday [17 December 2004]." Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2004, A35. []

"President Bush is searching ... for a new director of national intelligence [DNI]..., a principal deputy DNI, a director of a new national counterterrorism center, and a general counsel to the DNI, all of whom must be presidential appointees subject to Senate confirmation. In addition, the new chief information officer for the DNI ... will also be a presidential appointee confirmed by the Senate, under a provision of the fiscal 2005 intelligence authorization bill. Further, the intelligence reform bill requires the president to name a chairman and a vice chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board.... They, too, are subject to a Senate vote."


Pincus, Walter. "Prescriptions for Keeping Secrets: Report on Chinese Espionage Inspires a Variety of Hill Proposals." Washington Post, 27 May 1999, A3.

"One day after a House select committee delivered its Chinese espionage report in Congress, legislators in both houses began discussing what to do about it. Proposals ranged from requiring nuclear lab employees who visit sensitive foreign countries to be accompanied by an anti-spying expert to setting up a bipartisan commission to review counterintelligence across the federal government."


Pincus, Walter. "Primacy of CIA Station Chiefs Confirmed, Ending Interagency Row." Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2009. []

According to U.S. intelligence officials, "[n]ational security adviser [Gen.] James L. Jones has decided that CIA chiefs of station in countries across the world will continue also to represent the office of the director of national intelligence, ending a brief turf battle between the heads of the two spy organizations."

Walter Pincus, "Settling an Intelligence Turf War," Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2009, adds that in addition to his decision that CIA station chiefs will also be the DNI's representatives in other countries, national security adviser Gen. James L. Jones decided that DNI Adm. Dennis C. "Blair will name the intelligence community representative to NSC meetings... On covert actions and their oversight, the CIA would continue to deal directly with the White House but must report oversight findings also to the DNI. And Blair, when requested by the White House, will undertake strategic oversight, meaning the director will evaluate effectiveness on whether the operations meet national policy objectives."

[CIA/00s/09; DNI/09]

Pincus, Walter. "Punishment in Guatemala Affair Sparks Angry Backlash at CIA." Washington Post, 3 Oct. 1995, A14.


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