DNI and IC points of interest
- The U.S. intelligence system
- CIA's lengthy clearance system
- The FBI and DHS
- FBI's domestic security and intelligence operations
An overhaul of the Intelligence System, beyond that established by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, is necessary to improve connectivity between the community, and between the IC and law enforcement. Two of the main issues that remain unsolved are information sharing and a full integration and transformation of the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI's intelligence component. As such, the DNI and the leaders of the IC should take steps towards making these necessary changes to improve communication between the agencies.
[...] The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, altered the relationship between the FBI and the intelligence community, and institutionalized the FBI's intelligence capabilities. However, there is still the issue of the law enforcement, and not intelligence guided mentality. FBI special agents must be transformed from law enforcement officers to intelligence collectors. In order to achieve this, training must be altered and career intelligence officers should be placed within the Bureau to help with this process. Nevertheless, one of the most important improvements has been the establishment of centralized terrorist investigation units, reinforced by local and state Joint Terrorism Task Forces. [...]