DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE

2010

July - December

Materials presented chronologically.

Taylor, Andrew. "Senate Approves Clapper Nomination as Intel Chief." Associated Press, 5 Aug. 2010. [http://www.ap.org]

On 5 August 2010, the U.S. Senate confirmed Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper [USAF (Ret.)] as the next DNI.

Benson, Pam. "Director of National Intelligence Names Deputy to Boost Collaboration." CNN, 20 Aug. 2010. [http://www.cnn.com]

DNI James Clapper announced on 20 August 2010 that Robert Cardillo, DIA deputy director, will assume the newly created position of deputy director for intelligence integration. "Clapper said the new position is designed 'to elevate information sharing and collaboration' between those who collect intelligence and those who analyze it."

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."

Pincus, Walter. "Intelligence Official Shares His Organizational Vision." Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2010. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Speaking last week at a conference sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center, DNI James R. Clapper Jr. said he is "making structural and personnel changes in his organization." Clapper told the conference that he "was going to give his principal deputy the job of chief operating officer." Clapper has named David R. Shedd the principal deputy DNI and Robert Cardillo as DNI deputy director for intelligence integration. As described by Clapper, ithe latter job "replaces two former DNI deputy directors, one who was in charge of collection and another who handled analysis."

Nakashima, Ellen. "National Intelligence Director Says Budget Will Be Moved from Pentagon Control." Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2010. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

DNI James R. Clapper Jr. told a U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation conference in New Orleans on 2 November 2010 that he has a "conceptual agreement" with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates "to remove the $53 billion national intelligence budget from Pentagon control and place it under his purview by 2013, as part of an effort to enhance his authority over the U.S. intelligence community."

White House. Office of the Press Secretary. "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts." 9 Dec. 2010. [http://www.whitehouse.gov]

"Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals:... Stephanie O'Sullivan, Nominee for Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Office of the Director of National Intelligence[:] Stephanie O'Sullivan serves as the Associate Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Prior to this role, Ms. O'Sullivan led the [CIA's] Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T)..... Ms. O'Sullivan joined the CIA in 1995, after working as an engineer for the Office of Naval Intelligence. Before that she was a member of the technical staff at TRW."

Aftergood, Steven. "ODNI Secrecy Activity, 'Population' Increased in 2010." Secrecy News, 20 Jan. 2011. [http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy]

In a 12 November 2010 report to the Information Security Oversight Office, ODNI Information Management Director John F. Hackett reported that "[t]he number of ODNI 'derivative classification decisions'... increased 7.6% to 1,762,999 from the year before....  'The increase in total decisions was largely driven by population growth, which increased by 17% from last year.'" The report also states that "There were two discretionary declassification decisions made by the Acting DNI during FY10 (declassification of 'QUILL' as a Radar Imager and declassification of the fact of GAMBIT/HEXAGON overhead ISR missions)."

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