February 05, 2004

Status of Human Intelligence Branch

More Tenet:

When I came to the CIA in the mid-'90s, our graduating class of case officers was unbelievably low. Now, after years of rebuilding, our training programs and putting our best efforts to recruit the most talented men and women, we are graduating more clandestine officers than at any time in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency. 

It will take an additional five years to finish the job of rebuilding our clandestine service, but the results so far have been obvious.

This is the best indication that I've seen that this intelligence inquiry issue is seen as deadly serious by the CIA. To say that we're five years away from rebuilding our HUMINT (Human Intelligence) to a decent level is the nearest I've ever seen to a bend over and drop your pants moment.

One thing that I think we should all demand from any intelligence review commission is what the heck happened that decimated HUMINT to the point that you need a 13 year program to build it back up? Have all of those destructive inputs ceased?

Posted by TMLutas at February 5, 2004 11:12 PM