General Counterdrug Intelligence Plan   [open pdf - 589KB]

This Review was commissioned in September 1997 by the Attorney General, the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and supported by the Secretaries of Defense, Transportation, and State. The Review responded to the requirement for a study of the national counterdrug intelligence architecture that was mandated in the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act of 1998, and a review of the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) that was mandated in the 1998 Intelligence Authorization Act. The field review was conducted over a seven-month period by the White House Task Force (WHTF), which comprised details from the Department of Justice, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), ONDCP, and the Departments of Defense, Transportation, Treasury, and State. Issues identified in the WHTF Report were resolved by representatives of the Cabinet Principals meeting as the Senior Working Group (SWG) and later as the Counterdrug Intelligence Coordinating Group (CDICG). This General Counterdrug Intelligence Plan (GCIP) is the culmination of deliberations by the SWG, the CDICG, and the Cabinet Principals to address issues identified in the Review. The WHTF found that there is no single, all-encompassing national counterdrug intelligence architecture. Instead, there are two loosely associated systems, one each for the intelligence and law enforcement communities. The Intelligence Community has a centralized intelligence-sharing system and interagency information-sharing structure; the law enforcement community does not. Within the law enforcement community, each agency has developed its own information-sharing and communication systems that serve agency-specific needs. Terminology, practices, techniques, and expectations vary widely within the law enforcement agencies and between the law enforcement and intelligence communities.

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