Role of Intelligence Services in a Globalized World: Remarks by John C. Gannon, Chairman, National Intelligence Council at the Conference Sponsored by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Berlin, Germany, May 21, 2001 [open pdf - 46KB]
This article reveals observations about the future drawn from the findings of a strategic study the NIC published recently called Global Trends 2015. Global Trends 2015 is not just a product. More importantly, it reflects a process of engagement with outside sources of information and expertise that exemplifies how our intelligence community must behave in the future. It has been discussed with several USG agencies, including FBI, military services, diplomats at State Department, as well as with numerous experts in academia and with foreign governments. To deal with this future, these services will require a revolution in five areas: First in communication with senior policymakers who must understand and support their mission and who must benefit directly from the intelligence they provide; second, in collaboration with new partners within governments, with law enforcement, and with liaison abroad; third, in an approach to advanced technology, which will be critical to the world's success; fourth, in the recruitment and development of the skills needed to achieve a specific mission; and, fifth, in the commitment to leverage outside expertise, which will require unprecedented transparency in much of the way this country does business.