January - April

Materials presented chronologically.

Pincus, Walter. "National Intelligence Director Proves to Be Difficult Post to Fill: Uncertainties Over Role, Authority Are Blamed for Delays." Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2005, A4. []

"Six weeks after President Bush signed the intelligence bill calling for a new director of national intelligence, the White House is still looking for what the president told reporters last week is 'the right person to handle this very sensitive position.' ... Within the intelligence community and on Capitol Hill, officials say they believe the delay stems at least partly from continuing uncertainty over what real power and authority the new director will have."

Jehl, Douglas, and Elisabeth Bumiller. "Bush Picks Longtime Diplomat for New Top Intelligence Job." New York Times, 18 Feb. 2005. []

President Bush on 17 February 2005 nominated John D. Negroponte to be director of national intelligence. The president chose Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden as Negroponte's top deputy. General Hayden "is expected to play a central role as a referee of competing military and civilian intelligence agencies and in exerting the director's authority over programs managed by the Pentagon." See also, Michael A. Fletcher and Walter Pincus, "Negroponte Named National Intelligence Chief: Ambassador to Iraq Would Oversee Nation's 15 Spy Agencies," Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2005, A1.

Priest, Dana, and Robin Wright. "Relationship With Bush Will Be Key: Negroponte Needs President's Support as He Negotiates Agencies' Bureaucracy." Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2005, A8. []

When he takes over as the nation's first intelligence czar, John D. Negroponte's "mission is to tame and unify a sprawling 15-agency intelligence bureaucracy." At the same time, he is stepping "into the job without clear guidance on how to implement" the new intelligence law.

Shane, Scott. "The Thinking Man's Spy: Michael Vincent Hayden." New York Times, 18 Feb. 2005. []

In six years as NSA chief, Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden "has mastered the technical wizardry of information-age spying, proved skillful in maneuvering for the agency's share of the Pentagon's annual intelligence budget, won powerful allies at the White House and on Capitol Hill, and forged ties with officials throughout the American intelligence archipelago." At NSA, General Hayden has been "a tough agent of change." According to current and former intelligence officials, "[h]e forced a rapid turnover in personnel as the agency belatedly adjusted to post-cold-war targets, replacing Russian with Arabic linguists, and took on such technological challenges as tapping into fiber-optic cable and breaking computerized encryption."

Pincus, Walter. "CIA to Cede President's Brief to Negroponte: White House Decision Seen as Signal to Intelligence Community on New Post." Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2005, A15. []

President Bush's Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. said on 18 February 2005 that the White House has decided that the new DNI, John D. Negroponte, "will take over from CIA Director Porter J. Goss the responsibility for producing the intelligence material given to President Bush each morning.... The President's Daily Brief (PDB) ... provides the foundation for the 30-minute national security briefing that starts Bush's day."

Eisenberg, Daniel. "Bush's New Intelligence Czar." Time, 21 Feb. 2005, 32-35.

Given the vagueness of the legislation that established the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), John Negroponte's "ultimate authority over the nation's" intelligence apparatus, "including an estimated $40 billion annual budget,... is an open question."

Jehl, Douglas. "Nominee Vows Tighter Control of Intelligence." New York Times, 13 Apr. 2005. []

John D. Negroponte, President Bush's nominee for director of national intelligence, promised on 12 April 2005 "to bring 'fundamental change' to the broad array of agencies he would oversee.... [He] vowed to a Senate panel to 'push the envelope' in asserting his authorities in a new job whose powers remain ambiguous." See also, Dana Priest and Walter Pincus, "Negroponte Stresses 'Mandate' for Change," Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2005, A4.

Shane, Scott. "Negroponte Confirmed as Director of National Intelligence." New York Times, 22 Apr. 2005. []

On 21 April 2005, by a vote of 98 to 2, the U.S. "Senate confirmed John D. Negroponte ... as the country's first director of national intelligence." Key senators urged Negroponte "to assert his power quickly over the nation's 15 spy agencies, improve their sharing of information and upgrade their intelligence collection on terrorism and other threats.... Michael V. Hayden, director of the National Security Agency for the last six years, was confirmed as principal deputy director of national intelligence. The Senate also approved his promotion from an Air Force lieutenant general to full general."

Negroponte and Hayden "are to preside over a staff of more than 500 people." On 15 April 2005, President Bush "named John Russack, the Energy Department's intelligence chief," as program manager, in which position "he will oversee information-sharing by the intelligence agencies."

Shrader, Katherine. "Negroponte Takes Over Daily Bush Briefings." Associated Press, 29 Apr. 2005. []

On 27 April 2005, DNI John Negroponte "stepped into the Oval Office ... to present President Bush with his classified daily intelligence briefing." The meeting "underscored that the White House is not immediately heeding the advice of a blue-ribbon presidential commission on intelligence, which recommended last month that someone other than Negroponte brief the president each day."

Burger, Timothy J., and Brian Bennett. "Negroponte's First Test?" Time, 29 Apr. 2005. []

DNI John Negroponte "already has a major shouting match between the FBI and CIA to referee. The disagreement is about human spies -- who's in charge of recruiting them inside the U.S. and then handling them abroad against terrorists and foreign governments."

Jehl, Douglas. "New Intelligence Chief Begins Rounding Out His Office's Structure." New York Times, 7 May 2005. []

DNI John D. Negroponte has named "four senior lieutenants to fill newly created posts": Patrick F. Kennedy, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations for management and reform, "will oversee management"; Mary Margaret Graham, veteran CIA clandestine service officer and most recently chief of its counterintelligence operations, "will oversee collection"; Thomas Fingar, head of the State Department's intelligence branch, "will oversee analysis and also become chairman of the National Intelligence Council"; and David R. Shedd, a CIA official who is currently senior director for intelligence programs and reform at the National Security Council, "will become chief of staff and associate director, overseeing a new 24-hour-watch office that is being established at an annex in suburban Virginia, along with other activities."

Negroponte "has set up temporary headquarters in an office building across the street from the White House, but he and his staff are expected to move first to Bolling Air Force Base in Washington next fall and then to a permanent headquarters that has yet to be chosen."

Pincus, Walter. "Negroponte Steps Into Loop: CIA Station Chiefs Are Instructed to Include Him in Reporting." Washington Post, 13 May 2005, A4. []

According to senior intelligence officials, DNI John D. Negroponte in April 2005 "sent a message to the CIA chiefs of station around the world telling them to report back to him when carrying out matters related to the overall U.S. intelligence community."

Johnston, David. "Antiterror Head Will Help Choose an F.B.I. Official." New York Times, 12 Jun. 2005. []

The FBI "will allow" DNI John D. Negroponte "to help choose" jointly with FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III the FBI's associate director for intelligence. The recommendation to appoint a head of intelligence was contained in the report of the Silberman-Robb presidential commission on U.S. intelligence in Iraq.

Pincus, Walter. "House Approves Intelligence Measure: Bill Would Not Limit Negroponte's Authority." Washington Post, 22 Jun. 2005, A6. []

In approving the fiscal 2006 intelligence authorization bill on 21 June 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives eliminated language that would have limited the authority of DNI John D. Negroponte to transfer employees in intelligence agencies to new duties. "The amount of funding provided ... is classified but is estimated to be $42 billion."

CNN. "Bush Creates National Security Service." 29 Jun. 2005. []

On 29 June 2005, "President Bush ... directed the creation of a new National Security Service within the FBI." The "service will specialize in intelligence and other national security matters and follow the priorities laid out" bythe DNI. "The service will operate within the FBI and combine the disparate assets of the Justice Department's counterterrorism, intelligence and espionage units." See also, Douglas Jehl, "Bush to Create New Unit in F.B.I. for Intelligence," New York Times, 30 Jun. 2005.

Kamen, Al. "The DNI and the DNIplos." Washington Post, 6 Jul. 2005, A15. []

DNI John D. Negroponte is naming Kenneth C. Brill, former ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency and currently international affairs adviser to the commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, to the post of "director of the National Counterproliferation Center, an Executive Level II job (it outranks undersecretaries)."

Gertz, Bill, and Rowan Scarborough. "Inside the Ring: Negroponte's Home." Washington Times, 15 Jul. 2005. []

DNI John D. Negroponte will move his headquarters to Bolling Air Force Base "once the two top floors in the Defense Intelligence Analysis Center are readied. The move to Bolling ... is viewed as semi-permanent. The DNI likely will stay there three to five years while a permanent facility is built.... Negroponte now works at the New Executive Office Building near the White House."

Jehl, Douglas. "Intelligence Briefing for Bush Is Overhauled." New York Times, 20 Jul. 2005. []

According to two senior intelligence officials on 19 July 2005, DNI John D. Negroponte has ordered that the President's Daily Brief (PDB) be expanded "to include significant contributions from sources other than the Central Intelligence Agency." In addition, the PDB "will soon be modified further to absorb a separate daily terrorist threat assessment."

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