IN500 Final - IN500 Final Question 1(Essay worth 100 points...

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IN500 Final 09/24/2006 Question 1 (Essay worth 100 points) In his book, Fixing Intelligence , General Odom argues persuasively for major structural reform of the Intelligence Community. (His principal recommendations are summarized in Chapter 3). Conversely, in Chapter 20 of The U.S. Intelligence Community , Jeffrey Richelson argues equally persuasively for the IC status quo . (See pp. 452-461 in particular). Your assignment is to attempt to make sense of these competing arguments. Identify Odom’s principal recommendations for reform. Summarize the Odom arguments for the recommendation and the Richelson argument against in each case. For each recommendation come to your own conclusion with regard to the weight of the argument and justify your decision. Find historical instances or events described in A Century of Spies that support your position. Conclude the exam with your own summary of recommendations for reform. ( Note : Richelson wrote pre-9/11 and pre-Iraq WMD controversy, and Odom pre-dates much of this controversy as well. Since then there have been many arguments for and against particular IC reforms, as well as landmark legislation institutionalizing significant reform. These arguments and legislative results are not relevant to this exam. You will be graded only with respect to your mastery of the assigned readings.) General Odom advocates in Fixing Intelligence, that since the beginning of its structuring the Intelligence Community looks good on the paper, but not in reality. General Odom cites major events or the creation of new structures, bodies or boards designed to implement the Intelligence process of regulation, acquisition, analysis, and proper dissemination. General Odom cites on chapter 3 the DCI-CIA relationship as harmful for the Intelligence Community “but the main obstruction has been the double-hating of the DCI as the director of the CIA” making this relation as a potential conflict of interest to the sole supervisor of our Intelligence Community, but also responsible for bringing success to the Agency under his responsibilities. General Odom mainly streamlined his beliefs of re-structuring the Intelligence Community (IC) with the following suggestions: Separation of the DCI from the Director of the CIA, creating regional/national managers for collection disciplines, and affording to the DCI absolute organizational support; Implementation of the Planning Program Budgeting System within the intelligence community to regulate proper budget allocation to effective programs or “better relates dollar inputs to intelligence outputs.” (Odom); and also the creation of the National Counterintelligence Service under the DCI. General Odom arguments in Fixing Intelligence that the DCI has three distinctive roles, and they are: - Collection Management, Intelligence Analysis and Production, and Dissemination; - Resource Management and Policy for the Intelligence Community; - Intelligence Community Coherence.
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The recommended changes for the DCI will deal directly with his Position, Role and Authority. General Odom suggest the following recommendations: - No Statutory
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  • Spring '07
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  • Central Intelligence Agency, Intelligence Community, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, U.S. Intelligence Community

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