May 8, 2006
General Hayden, Director, Human Intelligence Agency
Two things can be expected from Bush's nomination of General Hayden to be the Director of National Intelligence:
a) During the confirmation hearings, Hayden's role in the NSA wiretapping will be discussed ad infinitum, with lots of posturing by Democrats. Sadly, this will not work in their favor. In the end, they'll either vote for Hayden, angering their own base, or vote against Hayden, showing the country yet again that, "if Al Qaeda makes a phone call to someone in the US" the Democrats don't want to know what is discussed.
b) All of this activity around the NSA wiretapping story will probably cause the larger issue to fade from the spotlight: the CIA is being retooled into an HIA, or Human Intelligence Agency. This is not yet a fait accompli, but it seems that much of the analytical capability of the agency is being transferred over to the Director of National Intelligence, or at least being reproduced there. Whether this is a good thing or not is hard to determine. But it seems to be happening. Perhaps the Bush Administration has decided that rebuilding analysis capabilities in whole or in part is the best way to circumvent the leak-prone CIA: after all, if the place is turned into solely a resource for human intelligence and covert action, its employees will be firmly ensconced around the world, yes? instead of installed in the Beltway's subculture, with Washington Post reporters on speed dial . . .
Posted by Chester at May 8, 2006 4:04 PM
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I'm not sure how this changes anything. If the analysis takes place in some other part of the government, the leakers will simply come from different offices.
What we need is the same treatment for college-educated suits in the bureaucracy that we have always had for us grunts in intel. You leak - you go to jail.
Posted by: antimedia at May 8, 2006 10:08 PM
The CIA poges should never see the light of day and that includes McCarthy.
Posted by: Mike H. at May 9, 2006 7:29 PM
Unfortunately the entire Intelligence Community needs and overhaul so that it can join the 21st Century of skills-based analysis instead of bureaucratic domains and turf wars. The failure of the IC, as a whole, to work together for information exchange and create a 'dot-connecting' environment in which analysts trained in many different areas can collective give perspective to advancing problems is one that will continue to harm this Nation.
Bureaucracies should *not* have the keys to each domain, but should have a definable set of skills and requirements to assess those skills so that the *entire* skill set of the IC can be put to use. Without individuals that can understand how INTEL in one domain can immediately move actions in *another* domain, or by not putting an environment of co-operation to fuse skills together to do this, the entire IC, as a conception and current state, fails to address the internetworked threats of this century.
The pointy end of the military has learned to do this in the field, crossing domains of local culture, logistics, merchant trade, familial blood ties, military potential and creating operations that *fit* within their environment that their capability needs to be *examined* and infused as a *concept* into the IC.
The Cold War is over, yet the boxes remain unchanged.
Divvying up INTEL into smaller boxes creates hurdles and bureaucratic kingdoms to defend and waste time.
Who expected an expert in typography and fonts to give lie to the Dan Rather 60 Minutes report?
Why are FBI threat analysis appraisals limited to their own bureaucracy and not given an error and reliability factor and posted as a 'dot' for all to see, so that someone may recognize airline plans by al Qaeda and increased Middle Easterners training for jumbo jet piloting?
An Army of Translaters has stood up to do the job that NO ONE in the IC has been funded to do, and finding out the true scope of Iraq under Saddam.
Shuffling Directors is *not* the answer.
Creating a 21st Century IC requires a complete rethinking of how to utilize all of those that have given Oath to the Nation so that they may better protect it with ALL of their skills and knowledge, not just those officially trained for. That era is over and has been ever since one could run a Transnational Terrorist organization for the price of a cup of coffee for each member at an Internet cafe anywhere in the world.
The Jacksonian Party recognizes this and sees it as an ongoing problem that will give rise to threats that cannot be countered by a disparate group of fiefdoms of thisINT and thatINT. Once done every worker in the IC will be on-call 24/7 to have their skills ready via the best means possible to assess threats to this Nation and protect it.
Posted by: a jacksonian at May 12, 2006 6:30 AM