Walter Pincus



Pincus, Walter. "Reconnaissance Office Role to Be Reviewed: Satellite Agency's Place Is Uncertain." Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2005, A27. []

NRO Director Donald M. Kerr said on 1 September 2005 that "Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had ordered a review of the role of the organization.." Kerr said that it is "still uncertain whether he would have a Pentagon title, as had his predecessors who served as undersecretaries of the Air Force with responsibilities beyond NRO."


Pincus, Walter. "Request for Domestic Covert Role Is Defended." Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2005, A4. []

DIA General Counsel George Peirce said in an interview on 7 October 2005 that as part of the Pentagon's counterterrorism role, DIA "covert operatives need to be able to approach potential sources in the United States without identifying themselves as government agents." Peirce was defending "legislative language approved last week" by the SSCI. "The House's intelligence authorization bill ... does not include the provision."


Pincus, Walter. "Retired Admiral Sworn In As Director of Intelligence." Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2007, A8. []

Retired Vice Adm. John M. McConnell was sworn in on 20 February 2007 as DNI.


Pincus, Walter. "Richardson Accepts Nuclear Agency Plan: DOE Unit Would Be Semiautonomous." Washington Post, 8 Jul. 1999, A16. []

On 7 July 1999, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson agreed "to create a semiautonomous agency to run" the complex of "laboratories and plants that research, assemble and maintain America's nuclear weapons." Establishment of an Agency for Nuclear Stewardship (ANS) "would be the most significant change produced" after "more than a year of controversy over allegations of Chinese espionage and lax security at the weapons labs. The new agency also would represent the first major reorganization of the nuclear weapons complex in more than two decades," since the DOE was formed in 1976-1977. See also, Matthew L. Wald, "Secretary Agrees to Idea of Agency on Nuclear Weapons," New York Times, 8 Jul. 1999.


Pincus, Walter. "Richardson Cuts Lab Lie Tests Sharply: Plan Focuses on People in Sensitive Jobs." Washington Post, 16 Oct. 1999, A8. []

"Energy Secretary Bill Richardson ... has sharply reduced the number of federal employees who will be required to take polygraph examinations about their handling of nuclear secrets. Instead of imposing the 'lie detector' tests on more than 5,000 scientists and other employees at the nation's three nuclear weapons laboratories, the Department of Energy will limit the testing to several hundred people per lab, or a total of about 1,000 employees, DOE officials said."


Pincus, Walter. "Richardson May Urge Veto of Nuclear Agency." Washington Post, 7 Aug. 1999, A4. []

According to DOE director of public affairs Brooke Anderson, Secretary Bill Richardson has "a lot of problems" with a congressional plan to create a National Nuclear Security Administration as "a separately administered agency" inside the Energy Department.


Pincus, Walter. "Richardson Offers Nuclear Security Plan." Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2000, A15. []

On 7 January 2000, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson "sent Congress his plan for a new, semiautonomous agency to run his department's nuclear weapons programs. The plan ... calls for the director of the new National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), who will also serve as an undersecretary of energy, to be appointed and confirmed by March 1.... Richardson's plan gives NNSA its own general counsel but says that some other Energy Department employees will serve concurrently in positions inside and outside NNSA."


Pincus, Walter. "Rumsfeld Casts Doubt on Intelligence Reform Changes Suggested by Presidential Panel." Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2002, A17. []

On 8 April 2002, "Defense Secretary Donald F. Rumsfeld ... said he believes multiple sources for intelligence information are needed and cast doubt that any major reorganization to centralize U.S. intelligence collection will emerge from studies ordered last year by President Bush."


Pincus, Walter. "Rumsfeld: Intelligence 'Need to Know' Smacks of Not to Know." Washington Post, 5 May 1999, A29. []

"Former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other members of a commission weighing new missile threats saw something that seemed strange as they got briefed recently at CIA headquarters in Langley. According to a participant in the meeting, intelligence analysts constantly got up to leave the room when certain questions arose outside their specialty. The reason: The answers included highly classified material that the analysts were not cleared to hear.... For Rumsfeld, that briefing illustrated the little publicized but serious problem that compartmentalization has created in the government. Highly sensitive intelligence is so compartmentalized, Rumsfeld said during a recent interview, that wrong information is sometimes being given to policymakers because analysts do not have access to correct secret data. The situation so concerned Rumsfeld that he included it as a major issue in a classified report sent in March to Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet."

[CIA/90s/99/Gen; GenPostCW/90s/Rumsfeld]

Pincus, Walter. "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.


Pincus, Walter. "Russian Spies on Rise Here: Administration Worried About 'Aggressive' Economic Espionage." Washington Post, 21 Sep. 1999, A3. [http://www.washingtonpost. com]

"Three years ago, there was an unexplained increase in the number of Russian intelligence officers operating in this country, according to administration and congressional sources. The increase, which has not abated, reversed the almost 30 percent decline in the number of Russian operatives in the United States that had taken place after the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union, the sources said. Much of the increase appears to be among Russian military intelligence officers who are engaged in economic espionage."

[GenPostCW/90s/99; Russia/99]

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