DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE

2007

January - March

Materials presented chronologically.

Clark comment: It is sad but instructive that this year's initial news from the Intelligence Community is the departure, after less than 2 years in the job, of the first DNI for a lesser ranked job at the State Department. At a minimum, Negroponte's transfer suggests an attitude toward the DNI job on the part of both the individual and the administration that is less than hopeful for establishing the position as the genuine manager or even coordinator of U.S. intelligence. With all due and genuine respect for the talents of Admiral McConnell, it is similarly instructive that that the first name to pop up as a potential replacement DNI (likely to hold the position for no more than 2 years) is a military officer. His appointment would place the control of almost all the purely intelligence agencies (the NRO remains an exception) in the hands of U.S. military personnel.

Kessler, Glenn. "Negroponte to Leave Job to Be State Dept. Deputy." Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2007, A11. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Government officials said on 3 January 2007 that John D. Negroponte will leave his post as DNI and move to the State Department as deputy to Condoleezza Rice. See also, Mark Mazzetti, "Intelligence Chief Is Shifted to Deputy State Dept. Post," New York Times, 4 Jan. 2007.

Zagorin, Adam, and Elaine Shannon. "Behind Negroponte's Move." Time, 4 Jan. 2007. [http://www.time.com]

John D. Negroponte's departure as DNI "after little more than 20 months on the job is being viewed as a setback for America's beleaguered spy community and the continuity of leadership at the top that many believe it needs. By most accounts, Negroponte did a creditable job as DNI."

Mazzetti, Mark, and David E. Sanger. "Spy Chief’s Choice to Step Back Feeds Speculation." New York Times, 5 Jan. 2007. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to colleagues and friends, "John D. Negroponte felt miscast" as DNI. Thus, "he agreed to ... trade a cabinet-level job for a subcabinet post." Negroponte leaves office "after only 19 months and with mixed reviews." A new intelligence bureaucracy was "created to solve the problems laid bare after the Sept. 11 attacks"; however, "Negroponte barely had time to get it running."

Shane, Scott. "Man in the News: John Michael McConnell, a Member of the Club." New York Times, 5 Jan. 2007. [http://www.nytimes.com]

In choosing Mike McConnell to be DNI, "President Bush is turning again to a steady intelligence professional who first achieved prominence during his father’s administration." William P. Crowell, McConnell’s deputy at NSA, "called him a 'consummate professional' who managed the agency with great care at a difficult time of severe post-cold-war budget cuts.... Former colleagues invariably remark on his quiet and courteous manner and say he rarely shows a temper."

McLaughlin, John. "The New Intelligence Challenge." Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2007, B7. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The former DDCI (2000-2004) argues that the top priority for the next DNI "must be achieving a more integrated and collaborative effort among 16 agencies with diverse foreign and domestic missions. These agencies have worked together more smoothly in recent years than is commonly perceived, but deeper collaboration has been hindered by a shortage of critical 'enablers,' such as common information systems, common hiring and personnel evaluation policies, uniformly understood standards for collecting and analyzing information, and shared security policies.... Success in these endeavors could transform American intelligence. To succeed, any DNI will have to keep the priority on long-range strategic objectives and avoid getting caught up in the day-to-day minutiae of analysis and clandestine operations."

Pincus, Walter. "New Top Spy Inherits an Office Still Finding Its Way." Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2007, A10. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

President Bush's choice to be DNI, retired Navy Vice Adm. John M. McConnell, "must pick up the job of restructuring the nation's $42 billion intelligence community, which after 19 months is still very much a work in progress.... He will manage the collection and analysis of intelligence from the 17 agencies and roughly 100,000 people in the U.S. intelligence community....

"The DNI's other major role is as the president's top intelligence adviser. That means being present six mornings a week when Bush gets his national security briefing.... This part of the job requires the DNI to take time the night before to read the roughly 28-page daily briefing report and to show up at his Old Executive Office Building suite next to the White House at about 6:30 each morning to go over the latest intelligence."

Office of the Director of National Intelligence. "Management, Integration, and Oversight of Intelligence Community Analysis." Intelligence Community Directive Number 200 [ICD 200]. Washington, DC: 8 Jan. 2007. Available at: http://www.fas.org/irp/dni/icd/icd-200.pdf.

This directive "establishes the policy framework for the management of national intelligence analysis and the analytic community" by the DNI. "It also delineates the authorities and responsibilites of the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis (DDNI/A)."

Waterman, Shaun. "'Spiral Development' Strategy for US Tech." ISN Security Watch, 9 Jan. 2007. [http://www.isn.ethz.ch]

Dale Meyerrose, the DNI's chief information officer, told ISN Security Watch on 8 January 2007 that he is seeking to "revolutioniz[e] the way the government buys computers and software." He is pushing a "new strategy called 'spiral development.'" See also, Shaun Waterman, "A Litmus Test for U.S. Information-Sharing." United Press International, 10 Jan. 2007.

Pincus, Walter. "Negroponte Calls Intelligence Restructuring a 'Work in Progress.'" Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2007, A8. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

In a farewell address on 19 January 2007 to "400 senior intelligence community officials and a portion of the 1,700 employees" that make up the DNI's office, John D. Negroponte said that "[t]he 'complex and demanding' process of restructuring the U.S. intelligence community is still 'a work in progress.'"

Gertz, Bill. "Senate Seeks Intelligence Hub to Shield Satellites." Washington Times, 6 Feb. 2007. [http://www.washingtontimes.com]

"A provision of the Senate intelligence authorization bill for fiscal 2007 would require the Bush administration" to create "a new National Space Intelligence Center to better spy on space-based and other threats to U.S. military, intelligence and commercial satellites." The new center would be part of the Office of the DNI.

Pincus, Walter. "Incoming Intelligence Chief Plans to Ease Hiring of Arab Americans." Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2007, A15. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

At his confirmation hearing on 2 February 2007, DNI-nominee John M. McConnell told the SSCI that he "plans to change security rules to make it easier for intelligence agencies to hire first-generation Arab Americans for highly sensitive jobs."

Pincus, Walter. "Retired Admiral Sworn In As Director of Intelligence." Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2007, A8. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

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

Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Public Affairs Office. "DoD CIO and DNI CIO Establish New Office to Enhance Information Sharing Between DoD and the Intelligence Community." ODNI News Release No. 8-07. Washington, DC: 8 Mar. 2007. [http://www.dni.gov/]

On 1 March 2007, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration (NII)/Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (CIO) John Grimes and Associate Director of National Intelligence/CIO Dale Meyerrose "signed the Unified Cross Domain Management Office Charter ... to enhance information sharing between the DoD and the Intelligence Community (IC). The charter establishes a Unified Cross Domain Management Office to support DoD and the IC and puts in place agreed upon responsibilities, functions and operations for the new organization."

Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America, 2007. Washington, DC: 2007. Available at: http://www.ncix.gov/publications/policy/CIStrategy.pdf.

From "Preface": "This National Counterintelligence Strategy ... elaborates the fundamental responsibility for US intelligence to warn of and help prevent terrorist attacks against the homeland, engage other asymmetric threats, and provide reliable intelligence on traditional and enduring strategic issues. It also describes a way forward by which the counterintelligence organizations of the US government will engage elements in the public and private sectors to address the threat posed by the intelligence activities of foreign powers and groups and protect our nation’s secrets and the means by which we obtain those secrets."

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