Walter Pincus

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Pincus, Walter. "Satellite Agency Has Tradition of Secrecy; Joint Defense-CIA Enterprise Uses Many Contract Employees Such as Alleged Spy." Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2001, A10. []

This is a quick view of the NRO and its activities.


Pincus, Walter. "Security Not a Priority For Bush Energy Chief: Breaches Have Led to Nuclear Lab Changes." Washington Post, 14 Jun. 1999, A14.

"When retired Adm. James D. Watkins took over the Energy Department in early 1989, then-President George Bush told him that security and safeguards at the department's nuclear weapons laboratories were 'a complete mess.'... Watkins instituted a study of security and beefed up some personnel rules and physical barriers. But the former chief of naval operations ... made his first priority restructuring responsibility within the department, particularly environmental, safety and health standards."


Pincus, Walter. "Senate Clears Bill Raising Intelligence Spending 7 Pct." Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2001, A13. [http://www.]

On 8 November 2001, the Senate "unanimously approved the fiscal 2002 intelligence authorization bill.... The measure, which approves spending more than $30 billion during the fiscal year ending next Sept. 30[,] adds substantial funds for human intelligence and continued upgrading of the National Security Agency.... It also adds money for analysis of the growing amount of intelligence gathered by satellites. Although the exact amounts being spent are classified, the Senate bill was said to represent a 7 percent increase" over the FY2001 budget.


Pincus, Walter. "Senate Confirms Tenet to Be Director of Central Intelligence." Washington Post. 11 Jul. 1997, A21.


Pincus Walter. "Senate Panel Backs DNI In Turf Battle With CIA." Washington Post, 23 Jul. 2009. []

In its 22 July 2009 report on the fiscal 2010 intelligence authorization bill, the SSCI asserted that DNI Dennis Blair, "not CIA Director Leon Panetta, should have ultimate authority to name the top U.S. intelligence delegates overseas."

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

Pincus, Walter. "Senate Realigns Intelligence Procedures: New Reform Statute Calls for Some Change." Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2004, A21. []

In the next Congress, the SSCI "will have ... a much larger staff," with each of the 15 panel members "entitled to choose a new staff member." These "staffers were added because the committee was going to handle both legislation that authorizes intelligence activities and appropriations legislation that funds them." However, this plan has changed. Although the committee "will continue to authorize intelligence programs,... a new subcommittee on intelligence within the Senate Appropriations Committee will handle the money.... The addition of the staffers is just one of several new provisions of the intelligence reform law."


Pincus, Walter. "Senate Votes for New DOE Nuclear Weapons Agency: Proposal's Prospects in House Are Less Certain." Washington Post, 22 Jul. 1999, A4. [http://www.washingtonpost. com]

"In its first legislative response to allegations of Chinese spying, the Senate voted overwhelmingly [on 21 July 1999] to give responsibility for nuclear weapons research and production to a new agency inside the Department of Energy." See also, Eric Schmitt, "Spying Furor Brings Vote in Senate for New Unit," New York Times, 22 Jul. 1999.


Pincus, Walter. "Senator Assails Tenet on Iraq: Likely Arms Sites Were Underreported." Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2004, A20. []

Senator Carl M. Levin (D-MI) "has renewed his longtime claim that CIA Director George J. Tenet misled Congress last year when Tenet said the CIA had given U.N. inspectors all the top suspect weapons sites in Iraq prior to the war." Levin said on 20 February 2004 that numbers declassified by the CIA showed that "21 of the 105 high and medium priority top suspect sites on the CIA list were not shared."


Pincus, Walter. "Senators Seek Better Defense Imagery: Committee Wants More Photos, Video and Maps Available to Troops in Field." Washington Post, 6 Jun. 2006, A13. []

In its report on the fiscal 2007 intelligence authorization bill, the SSCI seeks to give the DNI "authority to direct the NGA to 'analyze, disseminate and incorporate' into its national system 'likenesses, videos, or presentations produced by ground-based platforms including handheld or clandestine photography taken by or on behalf of human intelligence collection organizations.'" The committee wants NGA to "provide U.S. forces on the ground with laptop computers that display still pictures and video of what may lie over the next hill."


Pincus, Walter. "Senators Question Polygraph Use: 'Potential Unreliability' of Test Spurs Drive for FBI, CIA Analysis of Alternatives." Washington Post, 24 Jul. 1999, A2. [http://www.]

The SSCI has directed "the CIA and FBI to explore alternatives to polygraphing because of the 'potential unreliability' of the so-called lie-detector exams."


Pincus, Walter. "Showdown Vote Sought on CIA Nomination." Washington Post, 1 Mar. 1997, A7.


Pincus, Walter. "Sifting the Trash to Find a Spy." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 6-12 Feb. 1995, 34.


Pincus, Walter. "Six Weeks In, Top Spy Struggles To Find a Deputy." Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2007, A2. []

DNI Mike McConnell "has been unable to find a deputy acceptable to the White House during his first six weeks in office. Several candidates ... either turned down the job or were rejected by the White House, according to current and former administration officials.... The position of deputy director of national intelligence has been vacant since May [2006], when Gen. Michael V. Hayden left to become the director of the CIA."


Pincus, Walter. "Smaller Spy Satellites May Give U.S. Stealth Capability Over Trouble Spots." Washington Post, 1 Feb. 1998, A9.

Some new generation satellites, beginning in 2003, "may be equipped with stealth technology so they cannot be tracked by radar, several sources said. But other sources doubt a way has been found to prevent detection of the satellites."


Pincus, Walter. "Some Lawmakers Doubt DNI Has Taken Intelligence Reins." Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2006, A9. []

Lawmakers have expressed "varying degrees of concern about whether" John D. Negroponte "has moved quickly enough to establish his leadership as the nation's first" DNI. Several members of Congress "are particularly focused" on whether he "has been able to exert effective control over the Pentagon.... Others also question whether Negroponte's agency, once envisioned as a relatively lean operation, is becoming another bureaucratic layer that will make agile responses to threats more difficult."


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