Tag Archives: CIA

Gates: Ruffling Feathers ‘Part of Leadership’

“It is not at all unusual to hear the Pentagon being criticized for its bloat, bureaucracy and spending binges,” CBS news program 60 Minutes began its report on soon-to-retire Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. But what makes this particular criticism so insightful and hard-hitting is that it comes from the …

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CIA Director-in-Waiting Petraeus No Stranger to Intel

He has a wealth of experience on the battlefield. But for Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, his next act will likely involve the secretive and bureaucratic intrigue of being the nation’s top spy. While the job switch — which will likely occur in early September …

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New Defense Secretary Panetta Expected to Wield Budget Ax

In his new role as head honcho of the Defense Department, observers say Leon Panetta — maybe even more than predecessor Robert Gates — is expected to continue and perhaps even expand departmental budget cuts and cost-savings. His managerial elan, which earned him rave reviews at the CIA where he …

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Intelligence Officials Expect ‘Belt Tightening’

An array of intelligence officials warned of the possibility of increased budget trimming across the Intelligence Community, even as the threat landscape continues to change, with everything from the national debt to cybersecurity posing potential hazards. “We all understand that we’re going to be in for some belt tightening,” Director …

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ODNI Releases $53 Billion Intel Budget

In likely the most complete disclosure of the intelligence budget ever released, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence revealed the annual cost of U.S. intelligence for 2010: $53.1 billion. Federal News Radio also reported an additional $27 billion for military intelligence in addition to the amount for the …

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New Sheriff in Town for CIA

David B. Buckley was sworn in late last week as the CIA’s new inspector general. Upon his confirmation by the Senate last Friday, CIA Director Leon Panetta praised President Barack Obama’s pick and the CIA internal watchdog position itself. A robust, independent inspector general is essential to our success as …

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