June 21, 2004
"Bad Fix for CIA's Defects" (editorial, June 14) correctly diagnosed the ills in our intelligence community but implied that efforts to fix them by creating a director of national intelligence amounted to little more than an additional, unnecessary bureaucracy. On the contrary. Some proposals, such as the Intelligence Transformation Act, co-sponsored by more than 20 members of Congress, would focus on changes designed to network the intelligence agencies into an integrated, ultimately more effective, capability.
March 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Cyber-attacks and cyber-espionage pose a greater potential danger to U.S. national security than Al Qaeda and other militants that have dominated America's global focus since Sept. 11, 2001, the nation's top intelligence officials said Tuesday. For the first time, the growing risk of computer-launched foreign assaults on U.S. infrastructure, including the power grid, transportation hubs and financial networks, was ranked higher in the U.S. intelligence community's annual review of worldwide threats than worries about terrorism, transnational organized crime and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
January 5, 2007
NEVER MIND THE new faces on Capitol Hill, where Congress has changed hands for the first time in 12 years. The real action is at the White House, in Foggy Bottom and across the river at the Pentagon, where the Bush administration's game of musical chairs seems to be over for now. For all the new jobs, however, there are precious few new faces, and anyone expecting new policies is bound to be disappointed. It has been a busy few weeks. Today, President Bush is expected to name John D.
May 21, 2010 |
National Intelligence Director Dennis C. Blair announced his resignation Thursday after a rocky 16-month tenure during which he found himself on the losing end of turf battles and struggled to develop a close relationship with President Obama. The White House has been interviewing candidates to replace Blair but has not chosen one, several officials said. Blair's departure surprised his staff and many members of Congress. He had told associates that he intended to remain in the job for four years.
July 21, 2010 |
President Obama's nominee to lead the nation's sprawling intelligence apparatus promised Tuesday to strengthen the "perceived weakness" of the position amid concerns that the 16 intelligence agencies are duplicating effort and failing to coordinate. Retired Air Force Gen. James R. Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee at his confirmation hearing that he would "push the envelope" as the nation's fourth director of national intelligence, pursuing greater authority for a post that has been seen as too weak for its occupant to assert control.
January 5, 2007 |
The abrupt departure of John D. Negroponte as the nation's spy chief prompted angry responses from Capitol Hill and triggered new debate Thursday over whether a position created to fix the nation's intelligence problems is itself fundamentally flawed. President Bush is expected to announce today that Negroponte will become the top deputy at the State Department. Bush also is set to nominate retired Navy Vice Adm. J. Michael McConnell to be the next director of national intelligence.