Pamela Hess


Hess, Pamela. "CIA Expands Legal Help for Workers." Associated Press, 17 Mar. 2008. []

On 17 March 2008, the CIA announced that "it will now pay the full cost of legal liability insurance for about two-thirds of the agency workforce. The insurance costs about $300 a year. Until now the CIA has paid just half of the premium annually. Only about 15 percent of eligible employees actually apply for reimbursement."

CIA Director Michael Hayden said that "he had expanded the pool of those eligible to be reimbursed for insurance to include all employees involved in covert activities, not just those involved in counterterrorism and counterproliferation. Any agency employee who supervises one or more employees is eligible to be reimbursed as will attorneys, grievance officers, equal employment opportunity counselors, auditors, IG inspectors and investigators, polygraph examiners, recruiters or hiring advisers and security officers."


Hess, Pamela. "CIA, Intel Director Locked in Spy Turf Battle." Associated Press, 27 May 2009. []

According to current and former government officials, DNI Dennis Blair and CIA Director Leon Panetta "are locked in a turf battle over overseas posts, forcing National Security Adviser James L. Jones to mediate." The dispute "centers on Blair's effort to choose his own representatives at U.S. embassies instead of relying only on CIA station chiefs."

Reacting to Hess's report, Marc Ambinder, "An Intelligence Turf War or Just Unfinished Business," The Atlantic, 28 May 2009, cautions: "don't draw from [the term "turf battle"] the notion that Blair and Panetta are at daggers drawn. They've simply asked the White House to resolve a question that Congress dropped in their laps when it created the DNI structure and took away the CIA chief's power to direct the activities of the nation's other 15 intelligence agencies." See also, Mark Mazzetti, "Turf Battles on Intelligence Pose Test for Spy Chiefs," New York Times, 9 Jun. 2009.

[CIA/00s/09 & DCIAs/Panetta; DNI/09]

Hess, Pamela. "DIA's New Mission Adds to Intel Arsenal." Associated Press, 5 Aug. 2008. []

With the establishment of the Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center (DCHC), the "DIA joins just three other military organizations authorized to carry out offensive counterintelligence operations -- the Army Counterintelligence office, the Navy Criminal Investigative Service and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations."

[MI/CI & DIA/00s]

Hess, Pamela. "Intel Chief Wants New Spy Satellite Program." Associated Press, 3 Apr. 2009. []

According to government, military, and industry officials, the DNI and the defense secretary "are asking the Obama administration to approve" the building of "two sophisticated satellites equal to or better than the huge, high-resolution secret satellites now in orbit.... [T]he government would also commit to spend enough money on commercial satellite imagery sufficient to pay for the construction and launch of two new commercial satellites." The uniformed military had argued for developing a "new class of more numerous, less expensive, lower-orbiting satellites."


Hess, Pamela. "Intelligence Agencies in Turf War." Associated Press, 28 May 2008. []

According to former and current CIA officials, the ODNI "is angling for more power over and insight into spy operations worldwide. At stake is the authority of the CIA's legendary station chiefs, who for 60 years have enjoyed a great deal of autonomy in overseas intelligence operations."

[CIA/00s/08; DNI/08]

Hess, Pamela. "Pentagon to Retire U-2 Spy Plane." United Press International, 4 Jan. 2006. []

According to Pentagon, industry, and congressional officials, Program Budget Decision (PBD) 720 calls for the termination by 2011 of the U-2 reconnaissance airplane. Three U-2s are to be retired in 2007, six in 2008, seven in both 2009 and 2010 and the final 10 in 2011. The plane will "likely be supplanted by the ... high-altitude Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle." Previous "attempts to retire the U-2 have been rebuffed by Congress."


Hess, Pamela. "Pentagon Will Acquire, Build Spy Satellites." Associated Press, 2 Jul. 2008. []

According to government and industry officials, the Pentagon "will buy and operate one or two commercial imagery satellites and plans to design and build another with more sophisticated spying capabilities .... The Broad Area Surveillance Intelligence Capability (BASIC) satellite system will cost between $2 billion and $4 billion." The NRO will "buy and operate the satellites." Military commanders "will, for the first time, have the power to dictate what satellites will photograph when they pass overhead. The concept is known as 'assured tasking.'... Now, they submit their requests to a national intelligence authority that prioritizes the missions."


Hess, Pamela. "Senate: Iranian Intel Concealed from CIA, DIA." Associated Press, 5 Jun. 2008. []

A Senate Intelligence Committee report released on 5 June 2008 says that in late 2001 and 2002 "Defense Department officials refused to allow 'potentially useful and actionable intelligence' to be shared with intelligence agencies, even the Pentagon's own Defense Intelligence Agency."


Hess, Pamela. "Spy Chief to Restrict Intel Estimates." Associated Press, 26 Oct. 2007. []

According to David Shedd, a deputy to DNI Mike McConnell, the DNI "has reversed the recent practice of declassifying and releasing summaries of national intelligence estimates."

[Analysis/Est; DNI/07]

Hess, Pamela. "US Counterintel Chief to be Replaced." Associated Press, 26 Jun. 2009. []

In a message to employees on 26 June 2009, DNI Dennis Blair announced that "Joel Brenner, the national counterintelligence executive for the last three years," will leave his post on 4 July 2009. "No reason was given for Brenner's departure and his replacement has not yet been announced."

[CI/00s; DNI/09]

Hess, Pamela. "US Spent $43.5 Billion on Intel in 2007." Associated Press, 30 Oct. 2007. []

According to DNI Mike McConnell on 30 October 2007, "[t]he U.S. government spent $43.5 billion on intelligence in 2007." The figure was released "under a new law implementing recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission.... Around 80 percent of the intelligence budget is consumed by military intelligence agencies, including the National Security Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office."

Walter Pincus, "2007 Spying Said to Cost $50 Billion," Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2007, A4, notes that when military spending is added to the figure released by the DNI, "aggregate U.S. intelligence spending for fiscal 2007 exceeded $50 billion." Mark Mazzetti, "$43.5 Billion Spying Budget for Year, Not Including Military," New York Times, 30 May 2006, adds that the figure released by McConnell is for those activities that are part of the National Intelligence Program.

[GenPostCW/00s/07/Gen; GenPostwar/Budgets/07]

Hess, Pamela, and Anne Flaherty. "Controversial Ex-CIA Director Named to Spy Panel." Associated Press, 5 Feb. 2009. []

According to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), DNI Dennis Blair "has asked former CIA Director John Deutch, who was stripped of his security clearance nearly a decade ago for mishandling classified information, to sit on an advisory panel on spy satellites.... [C]oncerns about the appointment [were raised] at the confirmation hearing [on 5 February 2009] of Leon Panetta to become CIA director."

[CIA/DCIs/Deutch/FrmMar00; DNI/09]

Hess, Pamela, and Adam Goldman. "AP Sources: Tenet Canceled Secret CIA Hit Teams." Associated Press, 16 Jul. 2009. []

According to former intelligence officials, DCI George Tenet "terminated a secret program to develop hit teams to kill al-Qaida leaders" in 2004. The officials told Associated Press that Tenet "ended the program because the agency could not work out its practical details." Replacing Tenet in 2005, Porter Goss "restarted the program, the former officials said. By the time Michael Hayden succeeded Goss as CIA chief in 2006 the effort was again flagging because of practical challenges. CIA Director Leon Panetta drove the final stake into the effort in June after learning about the program."


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