"The Committee took a number of important steps to improve the country's ability to collect, analyze, and produce intelligence about America's adversaries. The Committee achieved strong consensus that timely intelligence is essential for sound policy and military success. Legislation reported by the Committee stressed the intelligence targets that threaten America today and tomorrow, setting guideposts toward future technologies for collecting and processing intelligence. Funds were authorized above the President's budget request because the Committee believes there are areas where additional resources are needed in this post-Cold War period of uncertainty. While the mission of U.S. intelligence gathering organizations has not changed, the areas on which they must focus have become more diverse and challenging. For that reason, the Committee concentrated additional resources in the five areas of counternarcotics, counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation, counter-intelligence, and effective covert action. The Committee also focused on a series of critical challenges facing the Intelligence Community, including faulty analysis that led to a failure to forecast India's nuclear tests, an aging U.S. signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection system, the requirement for more effective tools for countering terrorists and weapons of mass destruction, and the Clandestine Service's eroding technical competence."
S. Rept. 106-3; Senate Report 106-3
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