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The Intelligence Community After 9/11 Essay

1082 words - 4 pages

Intelligence has come a long way since the time around 1,000 B.C. as Egyptian hieroglyphs have revealed and will only continue to grow far into the future. The Intelligence community (IC) will run into challenges far into the future but over the next several years it will be budgetary restructuring/cuts, cyber security implementation, and preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction because a transitional phase within the United States will impact intelligence operations. The intelligence community is likely to transition back to its pre-9/11 requirements thus hindering or withdrawing post 9/11 implementations and requirements.
The intelligence community has been the number one priority since 9/11 and has received the most in budgetary support but is likely to face a cut back due to the end of operations in Iraq and the dwindling operations in Afghanistan. According to the Washington Post, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper is worried that a rerun of federal budget cuts will hinder overall intelligence operations as it did in the 1990s. This is in reference to sequestration and for the intelligence community it is more common to send employees on Furloughs to save money versus letting them go due to budget cuts (Davidson April 9, 2013). In 2010 the IC received $86.63 billion and over the last three years they have seen a decrease in support by $13.47 billion and does not take into account sequestration. This same decline occurred in the ‘90s just as indicated by DNI James Clapper and was cut from about $45 billion to about $37 billion and then took a significant spike during the time of 9/11 (Erwin, & Belasco). Also, Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn testified to the House Armed Services Committee’s Intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee and stated, ““Demands on the U.S. intelligence system have skyrocketed in recent years, and these demands are only expected to increase,” and that “…the deep and sudden budget cuts scheduled to begin tomorrow -- will negatively affect the agency’s more than 16,000 employees in 262 locations worldwide, including 142 countries and 31 states” (Pellerin). As we move forward intelligence will be significantly affected by these cuts thus affecting he oversight of information analysis that could potentially lead to another 9/11.
The IC is moving more towards increasing training and awareness in cyber security but will meet many challenges during the process. Cyber security has to implement risk-based programs at federal agencies, identify standards for critical infrastructures, and implement measures for cyber incidents before the program will be fully functional and on a path for success. Federal agencies have yet to fully establish information security programs thus providing feedback that systems are protected. In fiscal year 2012 federal agencies reported that 19 out of 24 agencies reported weakness in information security controls and inspectors general...

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