Director of National Intelligence

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Office of the Director of National Intelligence
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence.svg
Agency overview
FormedApril 22, 2005
Preceding AgencyOffice of the Director of Central Intelligence (CIA)
JurisdictionFederal Government of the United States
HeadquartersLiberty Crossing
Tysons Corner, Virginia[1]
Employees1,750[2]
Agency executivesJames R. Clapper, Director
Stephanie O'Sullivan, Principal Deputy Director
Child agenciesNational Counterterrorism Center
National Counterproliferation Center
Websitewww.dni.gov
 
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Office of the Director of National Intelligence
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence.svg
Agency overview
FormedApril 22, 2005
Preceding AgencyOffice of the Director of Central Intelligence (CIA)
JurisdictionFederal Government of the United States
HeadquartersLiberty Crossing
Tysons Corner, Virginia[1]
Employees1,750[2]
Agency executivesJames R. Clapper, Director
Stephanie O'Sullivan, Principal Deputy Director
Child agenciesNational Counterterrorism Center
National Counterproliferation Center
Websitewww.dni.gov

The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) is the United States government official – subject to the authority, direction, and control of the President – required by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 to:

Further, by Presidential policy directive signed in October 2012, the DNI was given overall responsibility for Intelligence Community whistleblowing and source protection through Presidential Policy Directive 19.

Under 50 U.S.C. § 403-3a, either the Director or the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence should be an active-duty commissioned officer in the armed forces or have training or experience in military intelligence activities and requirements. Only one of the two positions can be held by a military officer at any given time. The statute does not specify what rank the commissioned officer will hold during his or her tenure in either position, but historically a four-star general or admiral has served. On July 20, 2010, President Obama nominated retired Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper for the position. Clapper was confirmed by the Senate on August 5, 2010, and replaced acting Director David C. Gompert. The prior DNI was retired Navy four-star admiral Dennis C. Blair, whose resignation became effective May 28, 2010.[3]

On July 30, 2008, President Bush issued Executive Order 13470,[4] amending Executive Order 12333 to strengthen the DNI's role.[5]

History[edit]

Before establishment of the DNI, the head of the Intelligence Community was the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI). The DCI concurrently served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Establishment of the DNI position was one of the recommendations in the report by the 9/11 Commission investigating the September 11 attacks. The report, which was released on July 22, 2004, identified major intelligence failures that called into question how well the Intelligence Community was able to protect U.S. interests against foreign terrorist attacks.

Soon thereafter Senators Dianne Feinstein, Jay Rockefeller and Bob Graham introduced legislation to create a Director of National Intelligence, S. 2645, introduced on June 19, 2002. Other, similar, legislation soon followed. After considerable debate on the scope of the DNI's powers and authorities, the United States Congress passed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 by votes of 336–75 in the House of Representatives, and 89–2 in the Senate. President George W. Bush signed the bill into law on December 17, 2004. Among other things, the law established the DNI position as the designated leader of the United States Intelligence Community and prohibited the DNI from serving as the CIA Director or the head of any other Intelligence Community element at the same time. In addition, the law required the CIA Director to "report" his agency's activities to the DNI.

Critics say compromises during the bill's crafting led to the establishment of a DNI whose powers are too weak to adequately lead, manage and improve the performance of the US Intelligence Community.[6] In particular, the law left the United States Department of Defense in charge of the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). (The limited DNI role in leading the U.S. Intelligence Community is discussed in the Intelligence Community article.)

On February 17, 2005, President George W. Bush named U.S. Ambassador to Iraq John Negroponte to the post, pending confirmation by the Senate. It was reported that President Bush's first choice for Director of National Intelligence was former Director of Central Intelligence Robert M. Gates, who was serving as president of Texas A&M University; however, Gates declined the offer.[7] Negroponte was confirmed by a Senate vote of 98 to 2 in favor of his appointment on April 21, 2005, and was sworn in by President Bush on that day.

On February 13, 2007, John Negroponte was sworn in as Deputy Secretary of State, and John Michael McConnell became the 2nd Director of National Intelligence.

Donald M. Kerr was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence on October 4, 2007. He was sworn in on October 9, 2007. Kerr, from Virginia, was most recently the Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, and he was previously the Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Earlier in his career, he was the Assistant Director of the Justice Department's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Declan McCullagh at News.com wrote on August 24, 2007, that the DNI site apparently was configured to repel all search engines to index any page at DNI.gov. This effectively made the DNI website invisible to all search engines and in turn, any search queries.[8] Ross Feinstein, the Spokesman for the DNI said that the cloaking was removed as of Monday, September 3, "We're not even sure how (the robots.txt file) got there" – but it was again somehow hidden on September 4. Another blog entry by McCullagh on September 7, states that the DNI site should, again, now be open to search engines.[9] This explanation is plausible because some software used for web development has been known to cause servers to automatically generate and re-generate robots.txt, and this behavior can be difficult to turn off. Therefore if the web developers working for the DNI had tried to solve the issue by simply removing robots.txt, this would have looked like it worked at first but then fail once the server had undergone a self-check for the robots.txt file.[10] http://dni.gov/robots.txt has been configured to allow access to all directories for any agent.

In September, 2007, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released Intelligence Community 100 Day & 500 Day Plans for Integration & Collaboration. These plans include a series of initiatives designed to build the foundation for increased cooperation and reform of the U.S. Intelligence Community.[11]

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)[edit]

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 established the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) as an independent agency to assist the DNI. The ODNI's goal is to effectively integrate foreign, military and domestic intelligence in defense of the homeland and of United States interests abroad.[12] The budget for the ODNI – and the Intelligence Community for fiscal year 2013 is $52.6 billion[13] and the base request for fiscal year 2014 was $48.2 billion.[13] The Military Intelligence Program (MIP) base budget request for fiscal year 2014, excluding overseas contingency funds, is $14.6 billion, which together with the NIP, comprise an Intelligence Community budget request of $62.8 billion for fiscal year 2014.[14] The ODNI has about 1,750 employees.[2]

On March 23, 2007, DNI Mike McConnell announced organizational changes, which include:


The ODNI continued to evolve under succeeding directors, culminating in a new organization focused on intelligence integration across the community. The ODNI has six centers and 15 Offices that, together with the centers, support the Director of National Intelligence as the head of the Intelligence Community (IC) in overseeing and directing implementation of the NIP and acting as the principal advisor to the President, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council for intelligence matters related to national security. The six ODNI centers include:

ODNI Organization[edit]

The ODNI is divided into core, enabling, and oversight offices. The Principle Deputy Director (PDDNI) to the DNI, in a role similar to that of a Chief Operating Officer, oversees operation of ODNI offices, manages Intelligence Community (IC) coordination and information sharing, reinforces the DNI's intelligence integration initiatives, and focuses on IC resource challenges.

Core mission[edit]

The core mission functions of the ODNI are organized under the Deputy DNI for Intelligence Integration (DDNI/II). The DDNI/II facilitates information sharing and collaboration through the integration of analysis and collection, and leads execution of core mission functions. These include:

Mission enablers[edit]

Mission enablers include policy, engagement, acquisition, resource, human capital, financial, and information offices.

Oversight[edit]

Oversight offices include the General Counsel, civil liberties, public affairs, Inspector General, Equal Employment Opportunity, and legislative affairs functions.[15]

Directors of National Intelligence[edit]

  Denotes acting Director
No.DirectorTerm of OfficePresident(s) served under
1.John Negroponte official portrait State.jpgJohn NegroponteApril 21, 2005 – February 13, 2007George W. Bush
2.Mike McConnell, official ODNI photo portrait.jpgVADM John Michael McConnell, USN (Ret.)February 13, 2007 – January 27, 2009George W. Bush

Barack Obama

3.Dennis Blair official Director of National Intelligence portrait.jpgADM Dennis C. Blair, USN (Ret.)January 29, 2009 – May 28, 2010Barack Obama
David Gompert official portrait.jpgDavid C. Gompert (Acting)May 28, 2010 – August 5, 2010
4.James R. Clapper official portrait.jpgLt. Gen. James R. Clapper, USAF (Ret.)August 5, 2010 – present

Principal Deputy Directors of National Intelligence[edit]

NameTerm of OfficePresident(s) served under
Gen Michael Hayden, USAFApril 21, 2005–May 26, 2006George W. Bush
LTG Ronald L. Burgess, Jr., USA (Acting)June 2006–January 2007George W. Bush
Donald KerrOctober 2007–January 2009George W. Bush
LTG Ronald L. Burgess, Jr., USA (Acting)January 2009–February 2009Barack Obama
David C. GompertNovember 10, 2009–August 2010Barack Obama
Stephanie O'SullivanFebruary 18, 2011–presentBarack Obama

Director of the Intelligence Staff/Chief Management Officer[edit]

NameTerm of OfficePresident(s) served under
LTG Ronald L. Burgess, Jr., USAMay 2007–February 2009George W. Bush, Barack Obama
LTG John F. Kimmons, USAFebruary 2009–October 2010Barack Obama
Mark EwingNovember 2010–presentBarack Obama

Intelligence Community Inspector General[edit]

NameTerm of OfficePresident(s) served under
I. Charles McCullough, IIINovember 2011–presentBarack Obama

Deputy Directors of National Intelligence[edit]

NameOfficeTerm of OfficePresident(s) served under
Robert CardilloIntelligence Integration (oversees collection and analysis)September 2010–presentBarack Obama
Peter LavoyAnalysisDecember 2008–?George W. Bush
VacantCollectionApril 2010–?Barack Obama
David SheddPolicy, Plans and RequirementsMay 2007–?George W. Bush
Dawn MeyerriecksAcquisition and TechnologySeptember 2009–?Barack Obama

Assistant Directors of National Intelligence[edit]

NameOfficeTerm of OfficePresident(s) served under
Debra KircherIC Chief Human Capital OfficerOctober 2011–presentBarack Obama
Al TarasiukIC Chief Information OfficerFebruary 2011–presentBarack Obama
Marilyn A. VaccaChief Financial OfficerApril 2009–presentBarack Obama
Dr. L. Roger Mason, Jr.ADNI for Systems & Resource AnalysesMay 2009–presentBarack Obama
Dawn MeyerriecksADNI for Acquisition, Technology & Facilities?–presentBarack Obama

Assistant Deputy Directors of National Intelligence[edit]

NameOfficeTerm of OfficePresident(s) served under
Dan ButlerAssistant Deputy Director for Open SourceApril 2008–?George W. Bush, Barack Obama
Andrew HallmanAssistant Deputy Director for Intelligence IntegrationSeptember 2010–presentBarack Obama

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ dni.gov. "Director James R. Clapper Interview With Andrea Mitchell". 
  2. ^ a b Clark, Charles. "Lifting the Lid". Government Executive-September 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Miller, Greg. Dennis C. Blair to resign as director of national intelligence, Washington Post. Published May 21, 2010. Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  4. ^ Executive Order 13470
  5. ^ "Bush Orders Intelligence Overhaul", by Associated Press, July 31, 2008
  6. ^ Kaplan, Fred (7 December 2004). "You Call That a Reform Bill?". Slate (magazine). 
  7. ^ CNN.com (2005) Bush names Negroponte intelligence chief. Retrieved May 14, 2006.
  8. ^ Feds use robots.txt files to stay invisible online. Lame. CNET News.com
  9. ^ National Intelligence Web site no longer invisible to search engines | The Iconoclast - politics, law, and technology - CNET News.com
  10. ^ Auto generated robots.txt file in WordPress. Codegrad. Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  11. ^ DNI.gov
  12. ^ "Public Affairs Office, ODNI". Office of the Director of National Intelligence. ODNI. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "National Intelligence Program". US GPO. Retrieved 14 Apr 2013. 
  14. ^ "DoD Releases MIP Base Request for FY 2014". Department of Defense. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  15. ^ Public Affairs Office, ODNI. "Organization". ODNI. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 

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