DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE

2006

January - June

Materials presented chronologically.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Public Affairs Office. "ODNI Announces Senior Leadership Position." ODNI News Release No. 1-06. Washington, DC: 5 Jan. 2006. [http://www.dni.gov/]

On 4 January 2006, "Benjamin A. Powell was appointed by the President" to be ODNI General Counsel. He "was most recently Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to the President."

Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Public Affairs Office. "ODNI Announces Mission Managers and Senior Leadership Position." ODNI News Release No. 2-06. Washington, DC: 11 Jan. 2006. [http://www.dni.gov/]

Ambassador Joseph DeTrani is named Mission Manager for North Korea. In that position, he "is responsible for integrating collection and analysis on North Korea across the Intelligence Community, identifying and filling gaps in intelligence, and planning and ensuring the implementation of strategies, among other duties."

S. Leslie Ireland is named Mission Manager for Iran. In that position, she "is responsible for integrating collection and analysis on Iran across the Intelligence Community...."

Note: The role of the Mission Manager was recommended by the WMD Commission and endorsed by the President.  The DNI created four Mission Managers: one for counterterrorism (the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center); one for counterproliferation (the Director of the National Counterproliferation Center); and one each for the countries of Iran and North Korea.  "Mission Managers will not directly manage operations or analysis, but will instead lead the Intelligence Community at a strategic level."

William F. Dawson is named Director of the Intelligence Community Acquisition Risk Center. In this position, he "is responsible for conducting multi-source threat analysis of commercial entities doing business with any component of the Intelligence Community."

Pincus, Walter. "Some Lawmakers Doubt DNI Has Taken Intelligence Reins." Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2006, A9. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

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."

Pincus, Walter. "Intelligence Voices Blend Into One: Negroponte Dominates Threat Briefing to Senate Panel." Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2006, A3. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 2 February 2006, DNI John D. Negroponte showed "that he could certainly dominate what the leaders of the primary U.S. intelligence agencies say at a public hearing.... In his first time presenting the annual worldwide threat assessment" to the SSCI, he "took an hour and a half to deliver his ... prepared statement, while ... other intelligence officials sat silently beside him.... Negroponte's paper was prepared by the staff of the National Intelligence Council, with each intelligence agency supplying its views and the final product representing material to which they all agreed."

Waterman, Shaun. "Replacement of Boss Spells Delay for Information Sharing Project." United Press International, 7 Feb. 2006. [http://www.upi.com]

The departure of John Russack, the official charged with creating the Information Sharing Environment (ISE), "has highlighted the lack of progress on the issue." Russack "leaves amid concerns that the creation" of ISE "has been stalled by turf struggles and bureaucratic inertia.... There was broad agreement that Russack had been in a difficult ... situation more or less from the outset." The key issue was the decision to place the position in the DNI's office, "rather than in the executive office of the president, where congress had sited it in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004."

Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Public Affairs Office. "Drug Enforcement Administration Element Becomes 16th Intelligence Community Member." ODNI News Release No. 6-06. Washington, DC: 17 Feb. 2006. [http://www.dni.gov/]

On 17 February 2006, DNI John D. Negroponte and Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales announced "the designation of the Office of National Security Intelligence," part of the DEA's Intelligence Division, "as the 16th member of the Intelligence Community (IC).... This designation does not grant DEA new authorities, but it does formalize the long-standing relationship between the DEA and the IC."

Shane, Scott. "Year Into Revamped Spying, Troubles and Some Progress." New York Times, 28 Feb. 2006. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to former and current officials, "[a] year after a sweeping government reorganization began, the agencies charged with protecting the United States against terrorist attacks remain troubled by high-level turnover, overlapping responsibilities and bureaucratic rivalry.... Progress has been made, most of the officials say, toward one critical goal: the sharing of terrorist threat information from all agencies at the National Counterterrorism Center. But many argue that the biggest restructuring of spy agencies in half a century has bloated the bureaucracy, adding boxes to the government organization chart without producing clearly defined roles."

Pincus, Walter. "Intelligence Redo Is Harshly Judged: A Judge Critiques 9/11 Overhaul, and Finds It Top-Heavy." Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2006, A17. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Speaking on 24 March 2006 at an off-site conference of the CIA's Office of General Counsel, "U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard A. Posner sharply criticized the restructuring of U.S. intelligence agencies." He said that "the overhaul has done nothing to rectify flaws exposed by al-Qaeda's Sept. 11, 2001, attacks." Posner "questioned 'the wisdom and consequences' of the intelligence overhaul passed by Congress in December 2004, which he said was based on 'a deep misunderstanding of the limitations of national security intelligence.'"

Duffy, Michael, and Timothy J. Burger. "10 Questions for John Negroponte." Time, 24 Apr. 2006, 6.

Basically, slowpitch softball questions for the DNI. On HUMINT, there was the following exchange: "[Question] President Bush wants more human spies. How's that going? [Answer] We're beefing up in places where we hadn't been, where we'd allowed things to atrophy after the end of the cold war -- in Latin America and Africa."

Shrader, Katherine. "Negroponte's Office a Work in Progress." Associated Press, 13 Apr. 2006. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

In one year, the DNI's office "has grown from a staff of zero to 1,500, raising concern about whether it is becoming another clumsy bureaucracy." On 13 April 2006, "10 senior intelligence officials sought to dispel the negative narrative ... in a rare on-the-record, two-hour session with reporters" to discuss the past 12 months. The top Democrat on the HPSCI, Rep. Jane Harman of California, "worries that Negroponte is getting away from Congress' plan to have one person coordinate the spy agencies."

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."

Pincus, Walter. "Intelligence Director's Budget May Near $1 Billion, Report Finds." Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2006, A11. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The HPSCI report on the FY 2007 intelligence authorization bill "contains a figure by the Congressional Budget Office of $990 million for the intelligence community management account that provides the principal funding" for the DNI office. "[S]pending for the intelligence community management account, when it served the former CIA director in his role of director of central intelligence, was less than $200 million a year.... The proposed budget, which is about one-third the size of all CIA funding in years before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is far larger than expected. DNI officials recently attributed the growth to their absorbing of existing agencies and unfunded tasks."

Shane, Scott. "In New Job, Spymaster Draws Bipartisan Criticism." New York Times, 20 Apr. 2006. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Both the top Republican and the top Democrat on the HPSCI, Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), and Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), "are disquieted by the first-year performance" of DNI John D. Negroponte. The two lawmakers fear that Negroponte "is creating just another blanket of bureaucracy." Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), "who played a central role in devising the intelligence overhaul, said she was worried about what she said was Mr. Negroponte's failure to confront the Defense Department over an aggressive grab for turf over the past year."

Office of the Director of National Intelligence. "Report on the Progress of the Director of National Intelligence in Implementing the 'Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.'" May 2006. Available at: http://www.dni.gov/reports/CDA_14-25-2004_report.pdf.

"The DNI is making substantial progress in the implementation of the IRTPA and toward improving intelligence products so that policymakers have the information necessary to protect the Nation today. The DNI has established a vision of the IC as an integrated enterprise and is implementing strategic plans to make that vision a reality. The future intelligence enterprise is key to making the Nation safer. Dozens of institutional and policy reforms have been initiated; major budget decisions have been made; and the customer community that receives intelligence has been involved more deeply in the process of determining which threats and trends deserve our IC's priority attention."

Duffy, Michael. "The Spy Master Cracks the Whip." Time, 15 May 2006, 26-27.

"Negroponte struggled in his first year as spy czar as many of the well-entrenched agencies refused to bend to his will.... Goss's departure means Negroponte's next test will be facing down the Pentagon, which has steadily been gathering clout in intelligence since the war on terrorism began."

Ignatius, David. "Avoiding Another 'Slam-Dunk.'" Washington Post, 24 May 2006, A23. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

DNI John Negroponte has picked INR's chief, Thomas Fingar, to be his deputy for analysis. "Fingar's first job was to figure out who worked for him. He ... found more than 15,000 analysts at the 16 intelligence agencies under the DNI umbrella.... Though some people (including me) think that Negroponte should consolidate all-source analysis under his DNI structure, he and Fingar have resisted that approach. Instead, Fingar wants to create 'virtual teams' of analysts drawn from across the intelligence community.... The CIA's Directorate of Intelligence will still have a crucial role, but it is no longer the central and dominant player. At the center of the new structure is the National Intelligence Council, chaired by Fingar, which reports to Negroponte."

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