Waterman, Shaun. "Analysis: Clapper's Record at DIA." United Press International, 15 Jan. 2007. [http://www.upi.com]
The man expected to be named as the next undersecretary of defense for intelligence, retired U.S. Air Force Gen. James Clapper, "instituted a controversial and ultimately failed reorganization" at DIA in the 1990's. More recently, Clapper left his post as head of the NGA in June 2006, "several months earlier than he had wanted, after clashing with [Defense Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld over his support for the idea" that the DNI "should have authority over the five major U.S. intelligence agencies inside the Department of Defense....
"Retired Army Col. Pat Lang, who was a senior official at the agency at the time, and left after clashing with Clapper over the reorganization, called it 'disastrous ... extremely destructive.'" Lang added that "Clapper 'had no interest whatsoever in the (agency's) national-level role in developing strategic intelligence for policy-makers.'" Instead, he "organized analysts 'strictly to support the military-technical side of things,' like assessing the capabilities of weapons systems."
[MI/00s/07; MI/DIA/90s & 00s; MI/NGA/00s/07]
Waterman, Shaun. "Analysis: FBI Heads New Cyber Task Force." United Press International, 21 Apr. 2008. [http://www.upi.com]
In the summer of 2007, "the FBI quietly established" the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force "with U.S. intelligence and other agencies to identify and respond to cyber threats against the United States.... [A]ccording to the man in charge, Shawn Henry, the bureau's deputy assistant director in charge of its cyber division," the group "has 'several dozen' personnel working together at an undisclosed location in the Washington area."
Waterman, Shaun. "Analysis: New Defense Intelligence Policy." United Press International, 28 Sep. 2007. [http://www.upi.com]
"A new Pentagon policy directive for U.S. military intelligence mandates information-sharing with U.S. domestic agencies and foreign partners and recognizes the leading role" of the DNI. Deborah Barger, head of policy in the office of the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, retired Gen. James Clapper, said that "'[r]esponsibility to provide' was the new principle replacing need-to-know."
Waterman, Shaun. "Analysis: New DNI Says He Lacks Authority." United Press International, 10 Apr. 2007. [http://www.upi.com]
DNI Michael McConnell "says he doesn't have the authorities he needs to lead the 16 agencies he oversees -- and that his office isn't properly structured to take best advantage of the authorities he does have. At least he can fix the latter, and officials say he is trying to do so in a little-noticed redrawing of his office's organization chart last month."
Waterman, Shaun. "Baker-Hamilton Report Slams U.S. Intel on Iraq, Says Violence Under-Counted." United Press International, 7 Dec. 2006. [http://www.upi.com]
The Iraq Study Group's report found that "U.S. military and intelligence agencies 'have not invested sufficient people and resources to understand the political and military threat to American men and women in the armed forces' from the insurgency in Iraq." The report "said that statistics complied by the U.S. military deliberately under-counted violence in Iraq." It concludes: "Good policy is difficult to make when information is systematically collected in a way that minimizes its discrepancy with policy goals." See also, Walter Pincus, "Intelligence Agencies 'Must Do Better': Panel Faults Quality of Information on Insurgency, Militias," Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2006, A31.
Waterman, Shaun. "Bush Reforms Security Clearances, Again." United Press International, 1 Jul. 2008. [http://www.upi.com]
"President Bush signed an executive order [on 1 July 2008] streamlining the background checks undergone by federal employees, including those who need security clearances to access secret information."
Waterman, Shaun. "Congress: 'Little Progress' on Intelligence Reform." United Press International, 27 Jul. 2006. [http://www.washingtontimes.com]
A report prepared by HPSCI staff, released on 27 July 2006, says that the DNI "has largely failed so far to put in place strategic planning and acquisition systems for the 16 U.S. spy agencies he manages, and 'heavy-handed' efforts to expand his budgetary powers risk provoking a turf war." The report goes on to say that "much progress has been made in better managing the intelligence community's analytic resources, and in identifying 'unintended and unwanted overlaps and, more importantly, critical gaps' in the capabilities of its different agencies. It also praises the changes made by the FBI in restructuring itself and reorienting its mission more towards domestic intelligence gathering, while insisting that much more remains to be done."
Waterman, Shaun. "Democrats Give Obama Secrecy for Intelligence: Only 'Gang of 8' Would Be Briefed." Washington Times, 30 Sep. 2010. [http://www.washingtontimes.com]
In passing "the first intelligence bill likely to become law in six years," House Democrats on 30 September 2010 "softened legislation that would have required broader notification of Congress about secret intelligence operations.... The deal means the president can continue to restrict briefings about these programs to just a handful of lawmakers, known as the 'Gang of Eight.'... Congress passed a bill in 2008, but President Bush vetoed it."
The compromise allows "the president to restrict briefings on covert action notification to the Gang of Eight," but requires him "to provide a statement of the reasons for the restrictions; and to provide 'a general description' of the program to other committee members. Every 180 days, officials would review the decision to restrict the briefings and issue a new statement of reasons to the Gang of Eight if the restrictions are to continue."
Other provisions of the bill "would allow declassification of the total annual U.S. intelligence budget, and would require reports to Congress about cost overruns in major secret acquisition programs"; would give the DNI "powers to launch reviews into errors or misconduct by intelligence officials, and could open the door to a new role for intelligence oversight by congressional investigators" in the GAO; and would make the ODNI inspector general "a Senate-confirmed post with broad statutory powers."
Waterman, Shaun. "DNI Appoints Chief Financial Officer." United Press International, 13 Nov. 2007. [http://www.upi.com]
DNI Michael McConnell has named Janice Lambert as chief financial officer for the National Intelligence Program. She "was previously chief financial officer of the Internal Revenue Service [IRS], a post she held since March 2005.... Before joining the IRS, Lambert was budget director at the U.S. Department of Treasury." Clark comment Lambert's title is Associate Director of National Intelligence and Chief Financial Officer of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Waterman, Shaun. "The DNI's Civil Liberties Office: Poachers Turned Gamekeepers?" United Press International, 8 Aug. 2006. [http://www.upi.com]
"Tim Edgar, formerly a senior legislative counsel at the ACLU's Washington office, started work [in July 2006] as the deputy civil liberties protection officer" in the office of DNI John Negroponte. Edgar "is one of a three-person civil liberties and privacy team headed by Alexander Joel," who previously worked in the CIA general counsel's office and was appointed last year to the new civil liberties post.
Waterman, Shaun. "GAO Report Slams U.S. Counter-terror Information Sharing." United Press International, 19 Apr. 2006. [http://www.upi.com]
On 17 April 2006, GAO investigators "panned the administration's efforts to share vital counter-terrorism information among the large number of federal agencies involved in protecting the U.S. homeland." The DNI's "Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment John Russack, quit earlier this year," complaining "that his effort was hamstrung by turf struggles and bureaucratic inertia."
Waterman, Shaun. "Intelligence Offices Remain Separated." Washington Times, 24 Oct. 2005, A11. [http://www.washingtontimes.com]
Charlie Allen, DHS's chief intelligence officer, has said in an interview that the department "is still not close to integrating the 10 separate intelligence offices run by its 22 component agencies." Vulture, NIPQ 22.1 (Jan. 2006), comments that Allen has "the daunting task of defining the department's role in the increasingly crowded field of U.S. intelligence agencies and managing a hodge-podge of 'nontraditional' intelligence-gathering operations." [emphases in original]
Waterman, Shaun. "Military Intelligence Pulled from NCTC Ops Center." United Press International, 29 Mar. 2007. [http://www.upi.com]
"For more than four months there have been no representatives of military intelligence in the 24-hour operations room" at the National Counter-Terrorism Center. According to NCTC spokesman Carl Kropf, three DIA representatives "were withdrawn from the operations center" in November 2006. "A representative of Northern Command ... had been withdrawn earlier," he told UPI.
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