Intelligence Community Reorganization: Potential Effects on DOD Intelligence Agencies [Updated December 6, 2004] [open pdf - 90KB]
"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. Intelligence Reform legislation currently under consideration would modify current organization of the Intelligence Community to establish more centralized leadership under a newly established National Intelligence Director (NID) or Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Although there appears to be a consensus that the NID/DNI needs a stronger statutory base to ensure effective coordination of the national intelligence effort than the Director of Central Intelligence currently possesses, the extent of the budgetary and administrative authorities to be assigned to the NID/DNI is the subject of extensive debate. Significant concerns have been expressed by DOD officials, some Members of Congress, and various outside observers that some provisions that would provide the 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."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32515