"Some of the most important intelligence reforms proposed by the 9-11 Commission, including the creation of a Director of National Intelligence (DNI), might have been adopted over a decade ago if not for the opposition of the Secretary of Defense at the time, Dick Cheney. In a March 1992 letter to Congress, Secretary Cheney defended the status quo and objected to proposed intelligence reform legislation, particularly the DNI position. A companion letter from the DoD General Counsel elaborated on Secretary Cheney's objections, complaining that the intelligence reform proposal would 'give the DNI far more extensive authority and responsibility for program and budget matters than is now exercised by the DCI,' which is indeed the whole point." This letter is the full text of Senator Cheney's comments, as well as commentary on post-Cold War intelligence reform.
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