Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Make Intelligence Services Great Again

Eliminate the director of national intelligence and put the CIA back in charge!

For example, U.S. intelligence agencies have increased their efforts to counter cyberwarfare over the last few years by creating large, separate organizations to address this issue.

These include: The ODNI Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, created in 2015. The U.S. Cyber Command, created in 2009, to defend Department of Defense networks, systems and information, to defend the homeland against cyberattacks, and to provide support to military and contingency operations.

The Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, created in 2009, to monitor cyber threats across government agencies and critical infrastructure.

The CIA Directorate of Digital Innovation, created in 2015.

There are many other examples of such duplication and redundancy, especially concerning counterterrorism. To the greatest extent possible, these types of offices should be streamlined into a single inter-agency entity with one agency having the lead. A reconstituted DCI should also take the lead in doing a better job of encouraging cooperation between intelligence agencies by pressing intelligence officers to take temporary assignments in other agencies.

 To deal with emerging security threats, we need more out-of-the-box and “competitive” analysis that provides policymakers with alternative assessments of global threats. There also is a great need for better strategic analysis of future threats.

Outside managers and experts could also help counter the politicization of intelligence by intelligence officers who don’t like 45. This was a serious problem for previous Republican presidents.

Recent leaks to the press by intelligence officers about 45’s daily briefings suggest this problem has already resurfaced. Implementing intelligence reforms to make U.S. intelligence agencies into the innovative and effective institution they once were will take strong leaders in top intelligence positions who will act independently and are not beholden to the intelligence community. These officials must have the full backing of the president.

45, by appointing Mike Pompeo as CIA director, General Mike Flynn as National Security advisor, and KT McFarland as deputy national security advisor, is off to an excellent start to implementing these kinds of intelligence reforms to make American intelligence great again