Intelligence Community Reorganization: Potential Effects on DoD Intelligence Agencies [August 6, 2004]   [open pdf - 76KB]

"Some Members of Congress and independent commissions, most recently the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, the 9/11 Commission, have argued that a lack of coordination among intelligence agencies contributed to the failure to provide warning of the terrorist attacks of September 2001. They have recommended that the current organization of the Intelligence Community be changed to establish more centralized leadership under a newly established Director of National Intelligence (DNI) or National Intelligence Director (NID). In some proposals, the DNI/NID controls budgetary resources of all intelligence agencies. All versions of the proposals currently under consideration would affect the relationship between the leadership of the Intelligence Community and the intelligence agencies in the Defense Department. Significant concerns have, however, been expressed by DoD officials, some Members of Congress, and various outside observers that initiatives to provide a DNI/NID with greater authority and control of intelligence agencies in DoD could jeopardize the increasingly close relationship between these agencies and the operating military forces. Some suggest that proposals to make the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence report both to the Secretary of Defense and to the DNI/NID would place this official in a difficult, if not untenable, position should the two leaders have different approaches to important issues."

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