Director of National Intelligence
Washington, DC 20511
July 19, 2010
Acting Director of National Intelligence, David C. Gompert, reaction to the Washington Post series
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
(sigh) the usual form letter from another liberal David (I assume) like Axelrod is too.
with all that "intelligence", why is Obama still tyrannizing us and why is Osama Bin Ladin not in Guantanamo Bay?
Can't send Osama there... we are closing it... remember?
With the continual persistence to perpetuate a failed agenda with the war in Afghanistan I do believe National Intelligence in this context is an Oxy Moron.
I might as well chime in one more time with the FACT that Congress has approved $7.5 Billion over the next 5 years for Pakistan but refuses to fund Unemployment Benefits for Americans.
How much National Intelligence are we really talking about?
What, exactly, is Pakistan's position regarding the Taliban?
I watched an interview, on tv, the other day in which the governor in Peshawar (didn't catch his name - sorry) stated that policy toward the Taliban in Pakistan and Taliban in Afghanistan: which are viewed - by the Pakistani government - as quite distinct entities, is totally different.
The British are starting to withdraw their troops - in 4 years - I think that is not realistic as this is going to go on and on as it did with the Russians in Afghan
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