U.S. Intelligence: Evolution and Anatomy

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Central Coordination and Management

Broadly speaking, the structure of U.S. intelligence has been relatively stable since its inception during the period 1946-1949. The basic concepts worked out then largely survived intact through the collapse of Soviet power in 1991, albeit with necessary modifications and adjustments required by changing needs and relationships. At the time of this writing in early 1992, the House and Senate Intelligence committees were reexamining the role and structure across the board in the community, although it is not clear if these reviews will result in major functional or structural changes. In the following chapters, data on staffing and budgets are drawn from unclassified sources.


Director of Central Intelligence

The position of director of central intelligence predates the creation of the CIA. There has been a DCI since 1946, when President Harry Truman signed a presidential directive creating the Central Intelligence Group, the successor to the wartime Office of Strategic Services. The 1947 National Security Act gave a statutory basis to U.S. intelligence, including the DCI. The DCI is nominated by the president,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword ix
  • About the Author xiii
  • Summary xv
  • I - The Evolution of U.S. Intelligence 1
  • Introduction 3
  • 1 - Antecedents of the Modern U.S. Intelligence Community 6
  • 2 - The National Security Apparatus 13
  • 3 - The Age of Smith and Dulles 22
  • 4 - Intelligence and an Activist Foreign Policy 30
  • 5 - The Great Intelligence Investigation 39
  • 6 - Politicized Intelligence 47
  • 7 - A Restored" Intelligence Community" 66
  • 8 - Intelligence in the Post-Cold War World 87
  • 9 - Observations 100
  • II - The Anatomy of U.S. Intelligence 103
  • 10 - Central Coordination and Management 105
  • 11 - Intelligence Agencies and Components 116
  • 12 - Oversight Bodies 138
  • 13 - Observations 144
  • Notes 146
  • Index 169
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