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Report: John Brennan to Expand CIA’s Cyber Operations Under Reorg Plan

John BrennanCyberStock, director of the CIA, plans to lead the agency through a reorganization to boost its cyber-espionage operations and keep pace with the widespread use of technologies, the Washington Post reported Monday.

Greg Miller writes that some U.S. officials point to an expansion of cyber work across several operations, the formation of a cyber directorate or the creation of “hybrid centers” that combine some of the work of CIA’s analysis and operations groups.

“Advances in digital technology are having a revolutionary impact on the intelligence business, and it’s important for CIA to adapt its collection and covert action missions to account for the new opportunities and dangers,” Stephen Slick, director of the Intelligence Studies Project at the University of Texas at Austin and a former CIA official, told the Post.

Miller reports that the plan, which is still under internal deliberation, is modeled after the CIA Counterterrorism Center and could also add new reporting lines for employees.

The reorganization could also increase the role of the Information Operations Center and refocus the National Clandestine Service and the Directorate of Intelligence on talent and resource development, the report said.

U.S. officials told the Post that Brennan could carry out the initial phase of the reorganization within the month.

According to Miller, the CIA director has met with the leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees to discuss some details of the plan.

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