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Loeb, Vernon. "IntelligenCIA: Portrait of a Pessimist." Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2000. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
This is a report on a "recent lecture at the Smithsonian" by HPSCI staff director John Millis. He "is strikingly pessimistic about the future of America's spy agencies.... The problem ... begins at the top": the DCI has far too little authority. The Pentagon controls more than 85 percent of the intelligence community.... But even if the DCI had the power he needs,... it is not clear better management would help all that much in a high-tech world where technology, paradoxically enough, has suddenly become enemy number one.
"Signals intelligence ...'is in a crisis,' threatened by hard-to-decode digital cell phone traffic, hard-to-tap fiber optic cable and proliferating encryption software that, for all intents and purposes, is impossible to break. At the same time, America's near monopoly on high-resolution satellite imagery is about to end.... All of these changes, meanwhile, are taking place in a post-Cold War environment in which intelligence targets -- rogue states, weapons proliferation, terrorists and narco-traffickers -- have multiplied and become harder than ever to penetrate....
"Such an environment, Millis said, puts a premium on ... [h]aving an effective clandestine service ... [which] enables the president to make effective use of covert action, from paramilitary operations to maneuvers designed to influence another country's political system.... 'We must have the capability of influencing foreign media,' Millis said. 'But we almost have totally gotten out of that business. It's ridiculous for [us] alone out of all the major nations in the world' to have nothing in the covert action tool box between 'a feckless demarche and calling in the bombers...'
"The one bright spot Millis noted is counterintelligence ... [where] real improvement has come within the intelligence community through the cooperative efforts of the CIA and the FBI."
Risen, James. "Intelligence Agencies Not Up to the Job, Lawmakers Report." New York Times, 18 May 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]
A HPSCI report issued on 17 May 2000 says that "[p]oor organization, inadequate funding and a lack of aggressive leadership have eroded the ability" of the U.S. intelligence community "to face new threats."
Ignatius, David. "When Does Blowing Secrets Cross the Line?" Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 10 Jul. 2000, 27.
Discusses the implications of Washington Times reporter Bill Gertz' ability to get "scoops" based on classified intelligence reports.
1. "A War, Not a Battle." Federal Computer Week, 17 Jul. 2000. [http://www. fcw.com]
"Intelligence experts characterized the latest report on the bill from the House Armed Services Committee as little more than a tool in the struggle for control over the intelligence budget between the House and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.... Others said the debate centers on the larger questions of reforming the intelligence community and who should be in charge."
2. "Intell Turf Battles Rage." Federal Computer Week, 17 Jul. 2000. [http:// www.fcw.com]
Defense Secretary William Cohen and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Henry Shelton "recently sent a letter to senior lawmakers on Capitol Hill protesting" a HPSCI proposal "to establish an intelligence community communications architect position within the CIA. The chief architect would ... be funded with $80 million in start-up money taken directly from the budgets" of the NRO, NSA, and DIA.
Dobbs, Michael. "Revolution by Focus Group." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 18 Dec. 2000, 13-14.
The Washington, DC-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) worked on much of the "$41 million U.S. democracy-building campaign in Serbia" that led to the defeat of Slobodan Milosevic. The overthrow of the Yugoslav President "may ... go down in history as the first poll-driven, focus group-tested revolution."
Loeb, Vernon. "Bush Transition." Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2000, A37. [http://www. washingtonpost.com]
"Richard L. Haver, a veteran naval intelligence officer and former executive director of intelligence community affairs at CIA headquarters, is the Bush administration's transition officer for intelligence."
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