DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE

2007

April - December

Materials presented chronologically.

Van Cleave, Michelle K. Counterintelligence and National Strategy. Washington, DC: School for National Security Executive Education, National Defense University Press, Apr. 2007.

The author was National Counterintelligence Executive (NCIX) from July 2003 to March 2006.

For the author, the NCIX was established "to ensure the integration and strategic direction of CI community operations and and resources." A strategic approach to CI "is within reach, but we are not there yet.... [T]he DNI bureaucracy has become part of the problem as CI responsibilities have been dispersed across the the DNI organization." The bilateral interactions among the FBI, CIA, and military services "do not equal a cohesive, integrated whole." We need "an elite national CI strategic operations center ... to integrate and orchestrate the disparate operational and analytic activities across the CI community."

Pincus, Walter. "Six Weeks In, Top Spy Struggles To Find a Deputy." Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2007, A2. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

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."

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."

Shane, Scott. "Government Keeps a Secret After Studying Spy Agencies." New York Times, 26 Apr. 2007. [http://www.nytimes.com]

In a telephone briefing, Ronald P. Sanders, the DNI's chief human capital officer, discussed a study of "just how many contractors work" in the Intelligence Community. Sanders said the study found "that about 25 percent of the intelligence work now contracted out resulted from personnel ceilings imposed by Congress. But 25 percent of what, he said he could not disclose." See also, Richard Willing, "Contractors Playing Major Role in U.S. Intelligence," USA Today, 25 Apr. 2007.

Pincus, Walter. "Intelligence Director Urged to Take Charge: House Committee Cites 'Chronic Problems.'" Washington Post, 11 May 2007, A4. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The HPSCI wants DNI Mike McConnell "to assume a greater managerial role to correct what it describes as gaps in what is known about enemies and threats.... In a report released on the eve of a House vote on the roughly $48 billion intelligence authorization bill for fiscal 2008, the committee says it is concerned that McConnell 'has not taken a consistent approach on whether [he] will serve as coordinator or executor of intelligence community functions.'...

"[T]he House approved the bill by a vote of 225 to 197, after members concerned about the proposed growth of McConnell's office voted to limit its size to the number of employees working there as of May 1. The committee report also criticizes progress being made on the future architecture of the U.S. space intelligence satellites, saying a problem has been 'festering for some time' because of cost overruns and delays in completing projects."

Office of the Director of National Intelligence. "Intelligence Community Civilian Joint Duty Program Implementing Instructions." Intelligence Community Policy Guidance (ICPG) 601.01. Washington, DC: 25 Jun. 2007. Available at: http://www.fas.org/irp/dni/icd/icpg601-01.pdf.

"[A] civilian employee will not be promoted or assigned to a senior civilian position in the IC unless that employee has been awarded joint duty certification.... Such certification requires successful completion of at least one temporary or permanent assignment of at least 12 months duration that meets the criteria for IC joint duty." Among other implementation details, the ICPG sets out a timetable for phasing in this requirement, establishes procedures for exemptions and waivers, and provides for certain internal assignments to qualify as joint duty assignments.

McConnell, [John M.] Mike [VADM/USN (Ret.)]. "Overhauling Intelligence." Foreign Affairs 86, no. 4 (Jul.-Aug. 2007): 49-58.

The DNI argues that the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and the creation of the post of DNI were "timely and appropriate" actions "but, by themselves, insufficient." Washington needs to "forge a collaborative approach to intelligence that increases the agility of individual agencies and facilitates the effective coordination and integration of their work." He concludes that "[i]t will take years to fully clarify and coordinate the DNI's responsibilities and powers, transform the collection and analysis of intelligence, accelerate information sharing, change institutional cultures, build high-tech capabilities, and boost the acquisition of new technologies."

Richard L. Russell, "Letters to the Editor: Missing Intelligence," Foreign Affairs 86, no. 5 (Sep.-Oct. 2007), argues that "[c]ontrary to the optimistic tone of McConnell's article, a hard look leads" to the conclusion "that on its current trajectory, the intelligence community will only succeed in better sharing mediocre human intelligence and will not protect U.S. national interests any better than it did before 9/11 or the Iraq war."

Waterman, Shaun. "Spy Chief's Spokesman Quits after 3 Months." United Press International, 11 Aug. 2007. [http://www.upi.com]

The DNI's chief of media relations, Stephen Shaw, "has quit after just three months" in the job. At least two other of the DNI's public affairs posts remain vacant.

Block, Robert. "U.S. to Expand Domestic Use of Spy Satellites." Wall Street Journal, 15 Aug. 2007, A1. [http://online.wsj.com]

A May 2007 decision by DNI Michael McConnell "greatly expanded the range of federal and local authorities who can get access to information" from U.S. spy satellites. A memo to Secretary Michael Chertoff asked DHS "to facilitate access to the spy network on behalf of civilian agencies and law enforcement." DHS chief intelligence officer Charles Allen "will be in charge of the new program."

Harris, Shane. "Intelligence Veteran Aims to Motivate Young Analysts." GovernmentExecutive.com, 24 Sep. 2007. [http://www.govexec.com]

Mike Wertheimer, assistant deputy director of national intelligence for analytic transformation and technology, has the task of transforming "the massive intelligence bureaucracy into a collaborative network." A key element "is a suite of new information-sharing and collaborative technologies that look and feel a lot like ... the networking and search tools that younger analysts grew up using." Wertheimer "and his bosses are betting that collaboration is the way to fix what's broken with intelligence."

Office of the Director of National Intelligence. 500 Day Plan for Integration and Collaboration. Washington, DC: 10 Oct. 2007. Available at: http://www.dni.gov/500-day-plan/500-day-plan.pdf.

From "Introduction": This plan "continues to build the foundation to enable the IC to work as a single, integrated enterprise so we can collaborate across critical missions, enhance our support to a wide range of customers and partners, contribute to our national security priorities, and reduce the risks that the nation faces today and in the future."

Hess, Pamela. "Spy Chief to Restrict Intel Estimates." Associated Press, 26 Oct. 2007. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to David Shedd, a deputy to DNI Mike McConnell, the DNI "has reversed the recent practice of declassifying and releasing summaries of national intelligence estimates."

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.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Public Affairs Office. "DNI Announces New Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Collection." ODNI News Release No. 25-07. Washington, DC: 21 Dec. 2007. Available at: http://www.dni.gov/press_releases/20071221_release.pdf.

The DNI has announced that Glenn A. Gaffney will join the ODNI as the DDNI for Collection. Gaffney is currently CIA Deputy Director for Science and Technology, "a position he has held since November 2006..... Gaffney replaces Mary Margaret Graham, the first DDNI/Collection under the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, who will retire effective 7 January" 2008.

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