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15 April 2005

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John Negroponte appears before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill Tuesday, April 12, 2005, on his nomination to be Director of National Intelligence. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)


Lieutenant Gen. Michael Hayden appears before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill Thursday, April 14, 2005, during a confirmation hearing on his nomination to be deputy director of national intelligence. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

Posted on Fri, Apr. 15, 2005

Negroponte, Hayden nominations approved


The Washington Post

WASHINGTON - Members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday approved the nominations of Ambassador John Negroponte as the nation's first director of national intelligence and Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden as deputy director. Their names have been sent to the Senate for a vote.

The panel's approval came hours after they listened to Hayden at his morning confirmation hearing stakeout for the DNI direct control over three large Pentagon-based intelligence collection agencies, a position that could create a conflict with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

For the last six years, Hayden has headed the National Security Agency, which intercepts and analyzes electronic messages. On Thursday he described the NSA, the National Reconnaissance Office and the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency to the senators as "those three muscular national collection agencies" that make up "the fighting forces of the DNI."

Under the intelligence restructuring law, Negroponte will have control over the national intelligence budget, which is roughly 70 percent of the $40 billion the United States spends on intelligence. The remaining 30 percent, controlled primarily by Rumsfeld, funds tactical military intelligence carried on by the services.

"We want to strengthen the center of the community," Hayden said, and "give the DNI real power, certainly more power than we ever gave the DCI" - the title given the CIA director in his role as director of central intelligence.

Two possible facility locations for the National Intelligence Directorate have appeared in the news: at "Liberty Crossroads" near Tysons Corner, McLean, VA, not far from CIA headquarters, and Bolling Air Force Base, MD.

$250M for new intel HQ goes before Senate

By Shaun Waterman
UPI Homeland and National Security Editor


Washington, DC, Apr. 4 (UPI) -- Buried in the emergency supplemental appropriation bill the Senate is to take up this week is a quarter of a billion dollars to build a headquarters for the nation's new intelligence chief, but a turf row is brewing over where the new building should be. No decision has been taken about the location of the headquarters, officials said, and John Negroponte, tapped by the president to fill the new post, will begin work at offices in the White House compound. "I think that they have got temporary offices both in the (Eisenhower Executive Office Building) and here on the compound," the president's homeland security adviser Fran Townsend told reporters last week. An official involved in intelligence community management told United Press International that a transition team of more than 20 staff members had begun work in the temporary offices. Townsend said that the longer term location would be a matter for Negroponte, once he is confirmed.

The $82 billion supplemental request, sent to Congress last month, says that the $250.3 million requested for the Intelligence Community Management Account will be used for a new facility to house the director of national intelligence's office, the "expanded National Counterterrorism Center, and other intelligence community elements." "There have certainly been discussions" about the eventual location of Negroponte's headquarters, Noam Neusner of the White House Office of Management and Budget told UPI. "Options are being looked at, but no decision has been taken." One of the options being looked at, UPI has learned, is a complex of buildings in the Tyson's Corner area of northern Virginia. The site, dubbed Liberty Crossing, is home to the National Counterterrorism Center, previously known as the Terrorist Threat Integration Center. Bill Parrish, former deputy director of TTIC, said that although the main building had been gutted and built out to house the center, there were other buildings on the same site, as yet undeveloped, that provided room for expansion. "The outlying buildings (mean that the site) lends itself to a compound or complex," he told UPI.

The decision to place Negroponte, at least for the time being, so close to the president and away from the existing intelligence agencies was a deliberate one and made at a senior level, said the official, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media. "No (director of national intelligence) in his right mind would go out there (to Liberty Crossing)," the official said, adding that some in the CIA might think it was "nice ... if the (director) is even further away from the White House than they are."

Indeed, the location of the new director's headquarters appears likely to ignite something of a turf battle in the intelligence community, re-opening as it does the vexed question of his proximity to the president. In creating the position last year, lawmakers eventually rejected the suggestion of the Sept. 11 commission that the new intelligence director should be based in the executive office of the president, citing concerns about the potential politicization of the post. But they also mandated that the director should be the president's closest and most senior intelligence adviser, and President Bush suggested when nominating Negroponte that he would deliver the daily morning intelligence briefing at the White House.

Since then, however, the man current conducting the daily briefing, CIA Director Goss, has complained that preparation eats up five or six hours of his day. And the president's own commission on intelligence failures, in its report last week, recommended that the director should not deliver the briefing so he can be freed from the daily crush to focus on long-term strategic issues. On the other hand, there is broad agreement that the director will need the close and unstinting support of the president, if he is to have any chance of pulling the warring factions of the nation's so-called intelligence community together under his leadership. The official said that Negroponte, an old hand at Washington wheeling-dealing, knew the value of proximity to the president. "If I were him, I would keep an office at the White House wherever (the headquarters) is based," he said. The official added that the CIA already had plans for new facilities at Liberty Crossing, saying, "This building has been proposed by the CIA for their own purposes."

One reason for expanding the site is that it is already too small for the operations supposed to be based there. In addition to the new national counterterrorism center, the site is home to elements of both the CIA and FBI counterterrorism operations. CIA counterterrorism deputy Philip Mudd told a congressional hearing last summer that "there isn't sufficient space there for the entire CIA center that I manage," in the new building, but added that "managing in two places about 3 miles apart" is "one of the difficulties we'll have, but I think this is a difficulty we can overcome." "There were space issues" right from the first days of TTIC, said Parrish. "Within both the CIA and the FBI, the size of (their) counterterrorism centers was growing," while the plans for the building were being drawn up. As the numbers of staff swelled, he said, "The growth outpaced the planning." The new director will need to ensure that he does not face similar problems.

Initially, supporters of reform rejected criticisms that the new post would just add a layer of bureaucracy, arguing that the new director would simply assume control of the existing community management staff, currently part of Goss' office at the CIA in Langley, Va. A CIA official told UPI that there about 350 staff members and contractors working in that office at present. He said most were expected to be transferred to the new director's office eventually, with the possible exception of some who were on temporary assignment there, but stressed that "no decisions have been made yet."

But the $250 million requested for the Intelligence Community Management Account in the supplemental will also be used to more than double the size of the existing community management staff, Neusner said. The director's staff will be authorized up to more than 800 full-time positions, he said, including staff, contractors and 150 on detail from other intelligence agencies. But White House Chief of Staff Andy Card told NBC's "Today" program in February that the staff might end up as large as 1,000 -- three times the size of the existing office. Supporters of reform point out that planning and overseeing the execution of a $40 billion budget will require such a large staff.

April 11, 2005

Intelligence Chief Is Urged to Assert Powers Quickly



Still, there is much that remains uncertain. For now, Mr. Negroponte and General Hayden have set up shop in the New Executive Office Building, across the street from the White House, but it is not clear where they will establish a more permanent base. One early option, the C.I.A.'s headquarters in suburban Virginia, now seems less likely than before, administration officials said, and a new contender is Bolling Air Force Base near Washington, where they would not have to displace Mr. Goss from his suite. For now, Mr. Bush and his top aides have signaled strong support for Mr. Negroponte, saying most tellingly that they expect him, and not Mr. Goss, to be responsible for the intelligence briefings presented at the White House each morning. The White House has also embraced last month's findings of the presidential commission on unconventional weapons, which described the new intelligence chief's powers as "limited in some respects" and called for them to be strengthened in many instances beyond what is spelled out in the law.

National Intelligence Directorate

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"Liberty Crossing," Tysons Corner, McLean, VA

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Bolling Air Force Base, MD

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