Category: Reform

Bratton on Domestic Intel

Lately people have been calling on Washington to create a new domestic intelligence agency, without police powers — like Britain’s MI5 — to take over from the FBI and be the lead in gathering and analyzing intelligence as it relates…

Concern on the Pointy End

The Defense Department’s  plan to expand Army special operations forces is spreading waves of unease throughout the Special Forces community. The plan calls for a one-third expansion in the tactical units of all Army ground combat special operations forces: Special…

Who is Really Sharing Intel

Criminals covet your identity data like never before. What’s more, they’ve perfected more ways to access your bank accounts, grab your Social Security number and manipulate your identity than you can imagine. Want proof? Just visit any of a dozen…

Intel Sharing: Get On With It

A bipartisan group of senators is urging John Negroponte, the director of national intelligence, to see to it that an information-sharing implementation plan, as required by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, is submitted to Congress without…

Brainstorming Intel Reform

Senior U.S. intelligence officials meeting in Denver on Monday (8/21) revealed new measures to try to fix the nation’s ailing intelligence system, which insiders say leaves the government overloaded with data but unable to answer key questions. One leader compared…

Nearly five years after 9/11,

Nearly five years after 9/11, reports show the federal government has made limited progress on sharing terrorism information because of uncertainty about what to share, and how to do so without infringing on civil liberties. States are filling in some…

Pay for Performance

A good post at Secrecy News about changes in how intelligence officers are compensated. Perhaps it is because I can work like a fiend that I find the prospect of breaking free of the General Schedule so attractive. Knowing that…

Getting Wiki With It

Someone besides a General in Omaha talking about operating in the 21st Century: The intelligence community can learn from the behavior of ant colonies to improve information sharing — and it can use wikis and blogs, a CIA official said…

Briefing: IC Reform – Workforce

Analysis of the survey figures from the IC Human Capital Report quantify what most of us have known for a long time: the system is broke. Leadership is poor and untrustworthy, you might as well not have a first-line supervisor,…