INTELLIGENCE REFORM

Material from the 1990s

IC21 - HPSCI Report

 

Text of the HPSCI report is available at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-IC21/content-detail.html. The text is both searchable and accessible by chapter.

Included here:

1. The Report

2. Reportage and Comment

3. Assessing IC21's Impact

1. The Report

U.S. Congress. House. Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Staff Study. IC21: The Intelligence Community in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: 9 Apr. 1996. [Available at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-IC21/content-detail.html]

U.S. Congress. House. Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. IC21: The Intelligence Community in the 21st Century: Summary. Washington, DC: 4 Mar. 1996.

Click for the official summary of the House report. See also [Larry Combest,] IC21: The Intelligence Community in the 21st Century. The Intelligence Community Act of 1996. Statement by Chairman Larry Combest, March 4, 1996 (Washington, DC: 1996).

2. Reportage and Comment

[Combest, Larry.] IC21: The Intelligence Community in the 21st Century. The Intelligence Community Act of 1996. Statement by Chairman Larry Combest, March 4, 1996. Washington, DC: 1996. American Intelligence Journal 16, no. 2/3 (Autumn/Winter 1995): 5-10.

Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report. Editors. "Combest Has 'Fairly Radical' Intelligence Agency Plans." 9 Mar. 1996, 635.

HPSCI Chairman Combest is proposing creation of a new spy agency that would combine the CIA's Directorate of Operations with the Defense Department's overseas collection activities. He has also proposed abolishing the NSA and creating a new Technical Collection Agency to collect all satellite, signals intelligence, and air reconnaissance data.

Combest subsequently toned down his proposals, removing many of "the sweeping structural changes" he had originally included in his bill. Lori Nitschke and Mark T. Kehoe, "Panel Scales Back Proposal to Revamp Spy Apparatus," Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 11 May 1996, 1317.

Pincus, Walter. "Untangling the Spy Network's Webs: Rep. Combest Wants CIA Clandestine Operations Separate and NRO Split." Washington Post, 5 Mar. 1996, A13.

"One difference between the DO of today and the proposed clandestine service is that a new emphasis would be placed on creating two types of clandestine officers: those who want to go on to management and those who want to remain as operators overseas. In that sense it would be more like the British MI6, which is much smaller than CIA's Directorate of Operations."

Weiner, Tim. "Proposal Would Reorganize U.S. Intelligence Agencies." New York Times, 5 Mar. 1996, A20.

"What would be left [of the CIA] is a small box on a big flow chart."

 

3. Assessing IC21's Impact

Miller, Abraham H., and Brian Alexander. "Structural Quiescence in the Failure of IC21 and Intelligence Reform." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 14, no. 2 (Summer 2001): 234-261.

"IC21 was, in a large sense, the boldest, most innovative and most radical of the proposals" of the time for Intelligence Community reform. However, the "[r]eforms necessary to deal with the issues that brought IC21 into existence were beyond its reach." The HPSCI "provided no linkage between its diagnosis of the problem and its prescription for reform." IC21's writers "created a model that had little if anything to do with why they were initially convened.... Structural reform was ultimately prevented because of the competing efforts of powerful officials.... [T]he interests of the Pentagon ... prevailed in the battle over reform."

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