July 19th, 2010
07:50 AM ET

Report: U.S. intelligence community inefficient, unmanageable

The September 11, 2001, attacks have created an intelligence community so large and unwieldy that it's unmanageable and inefficient - and no one knows how much it costs, according to a two-year-long
investigation by the Washington Post.

Ahead of the publication, many in the intelligence community worried that the stories would disclose too much information about contractors and the classified tasks they handle.

The Post article that appeared in Monday's edition says its investigation uncovered "a Top Secret America hidden from public view and lacking in thorough oversight. After nine years of unprecedented spending and growth, the result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe is so massive that its effectiveness is impossible to determine."


Update: Acting Director of  National Intelligence, David C. Gompert issued the following response –

This morning, the Washington Post began a series of articles on the growth of the Intelligence Community following the terrorist attacks on 9/11.   The reporting does not reflect the Intelligence Community we know.

We accept that we operate in an environment that limits the amount of information we can share.  However, the fact is, the men and women of the Intelligence Community have improved our operations, thwarted attacks, and are achieving untold successes every day.

In recent years, we have reformed the IC in ways that have improved the quality, quantity, regularity, and speed of our support to policymakers, warfighters, and homeland defenders, and we will continue our reform efforts.  We provide oversight, while also encouraging initiative.  We work constantly to reduce inefficiencies and redundancies, while preserving a degree of intentional overlap among agencies to strengthen analysis, challenge conventional thinking, and eliminate single points of failure.  We are mindful of the size of our contractor ranks, but greatly value the critical flexibility and specialized skills they contribute to our mission.

The challenges that lie ahead are difficult and complex.  We will continue to scrutinize our own operations, seek ways to improve and adapt, and work with Congress on its crucial oversight and reform efforts.  We can always do better, and we will.  And the importance of our mission and our commitment to keeping America safe will remain steadfast, whether they are reflected in the day’s news or not.

David C. Gompert

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  1. PH53

    They are only ineffective, because they watch people of color, instead of the kkk, and nazi extremist terror organizations. These two groups are the only terrorist regimes in America. Well, theres the Tear Party, Glenn "in the closet" Beck, and Rush Limp-baugh..but we'll let nature, and father time deal w/them. (and what a job Mr.Time is doing with them)

    July 19, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Breetai

    A spy industry infrastructure has lobbyists lobbying government to keep them relevand and we're surprised at the loss of fundamental freedoms?

    For those who don't know about it. Please watch "Eisenhower's Farewell Address" to fully understand the importance of the implications. We were warned about this 50 years ago.


    Congress does not control the government. The Lobby does.

    July 20, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TJ Johnson

    In ref to the recent article about National Security...it really upsets me that even the "simplest" things like a request (I made recently through the Cory Station School of Cryptology) for transcripts, so I can gain the college credits, resulted in me receiving another persons transcripts and last four of his SSN. I carried a clearance higher than a Top Secret Clearance (which is an SCI Sensitive Compartmented Information Clearance). Maybe I should have spoken to a person with a higher clearance like an SCI instead of a lowly TS clearance to get my transcripts. I guess my complaint is..... I dont want "MY" transcripts sent to some unknown goofball saying he is "ME". Heck...who knows who t be getting my information as to why I went to school as a "SPY" for the USNavy/NSA

    July 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |